The Concours d'Elegance Vintage Car Show

By P. Joseph

The 2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a beauty pageant for rare and elegant cars, came to an end yesterday, after drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the high profile event.

Held at the Amelia Island Golf Club in Florida, the Concours d'Elegance is ranked among the top car competitions in the US, attracting classic car fans from across the country.

This year's event featured more than 250 vintage automobiles, including models from defunct but much-cherished car makers including Duesenberg, Allard and Kurtis.

The cars were displayed on the picturesque “Field of Dreams”, a lush fairway on the golf course set against the ocean.

Each year the event honours a renowned figure from the automobile world, and this year it was the turn of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, who kicked off proceedings by driving onto the field in one of his former racing cars.

Held each year since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.7 million to the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast.

By P. Joseph