Ancient Bikes in an Ancient City – A Concours d’Elegance Part 1


St. Augustine, Florida

Roo and I have been wanting to go to this Concours for a few years now, and this year we made it a priority. It did not disappoint. Every vintage marque was here: Harley, Honda, Vincent, Velocette, Merkle, BSA, Ariel, Moto Guzzi, and so many more. Our heads were spinning with all the eye candy surrounding us at such a beautiful venue, The World Golf Village & Hall of Fame in America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida.

But I am getting ahead of myself. Our home base for the long weekend is not St. Augustine, but Amelia Island, about a one hour drive north of St. Aug and a stones throw to the Georgia state line. Roo & I have been visiting here for going on seventeen years, and are close to deciding if this is where we will spend our “retirement” years.

The city of Fernandina Beach is on the north end of Amelia, and is a beautiful, quaint and very historic walkable city. Fernandina has been a former pirate stronghold (a real one!), was the only Florida city where a major Revolutionary War battle was fought (the battle for East Florida), and boasts the first Cross-Florida rail line built to Cedar Key in the 1880’s. Amelia Island, compared to the rest of coastal Florida, is quiet and laid back. Island Time is the rule here, and Amelia definitely has a Key West vibe to it.

The Beaches

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The Boats

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The City


The Architecture

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“Don’t mess with me bike, matey”

An evening of chillin’ out at a local hangout with live music and cold beer, has us feeling mellow and slipping into Island Time. Tomorrow we head to St. Augustine to spend the day among legendary motorcycle marques and the legends of golf.

Next post: Riding Into History



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