You Should Attend the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at Least Once

If you are a fan of cars, consider yourself a car enthusiast, or just love to attend car shows, then the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance should absolutely be on your bucket list. This weekend-long car show encourages collectors, builders, and manufacturers to bring out and display some of the coolest, rarest cars you may never get another chance to see in person, making it onto the list of car shows every enthusiast should attend at least once in their lives.

1969 Porsche AG 917k at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
1969 Porsche AG 917k at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance | Mark Elias, Bloomberg, Getty Images

What is the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is one of the most highly anticipated car events of the year for many automotive collectors and enthusiasts. It is held at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, located just east of Jacksonville, Florida. In previous years, the event has been attended by major names in the automotive world, including some that newer enthusiasts may know, like YouTubers Ed Bolian and Freddy “Tavarish” Hernandez.

Two Porsche AG Brumos race vehicles during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Two Porsche AG Brumos race vehicles during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance | Mark Elias, Bloomberg, Getty Images

Who is invited to attend?

For a show as prestigious as the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, you may be surprised to hear that the event is open to anyone who wants to attend. Some parts of the weekend are exclusive events that are invitation-only, but many are open to the public.

The weekend is packed with car shows that seem to make Amelia Island vibrate with the thrilling sound of engines new and old and offers visitors the chance to see some of the most spectacular cars in the world.

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Being open to the public is something that sets this prestigious event apart from other must-see car shows and events, such as SEMA, and while some parts of the weekend are invitation-only, there are many major and exciting parts of the show that are open to the public and can be attended with a ticket.

An event worth attending at least once

The vehicles presented at the Amelia Island vary in age and prestige, features some of the most iconic cars in history along with some of the newest cars awaiting public debut. Because of this, it attracts the attention of automotive collectors of enthusiasts of all interests and experiences, making for a weekend that is akin to what many believe car show Heaven could look like.

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As usual, the event is held outdoors and staff at the Ritz Carlton, and event staff are working to ensure that the event is COVID-19 safe, requiring attendees to wear masks and encouraging social distance as much as possible.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance for the 2021 show weekend is coming up soon, beginning May 20th and running just a few short days until the end of the weekend, and if you don’t catch it this year, it should definitely be on your bucket list next year.