Well, here we are. It’s Saturday morning and we are amped about driving down to Amelia Island for Cars & Coffee at the Concours. Our hotel parking lot is full of folks and their cars who, like us, are staying here for the cheap rate: Porsches, Triumph TR6’s, MG’s, Nissan Versa (whaaaat? Oh, that’s us).
A short 25 minute hop in beautiful sunshine has us parked and heading to the main gate. Man, it’s great to feel that Florida sun. Following the crowd in brings us right to the entrance of the Ritz-Carlton, the host hotel for 25 years. This place is absolutely beautiful. More on that later. It’s Cars & coffee time. But before we get to that, take a look at some of the vehicular beauties parked at the Ritz:
This is not your hometown weekend Cars & Coffee. Yes, it is the peoples car show, to parade your own wheels in front of the masses. Coffee, of course, can be purchased. But that is where the similarity ends. Here, one must apply to show your ride, pay an entry fee, and your vehicle must be accepted by the governing committee. This is Amelia after all.
Everything is here: Vintage, classics, supercars, not-so-super cars. Cars of the people?
Well, let’s say some people.
The crowds were massive all weekend
The Corvair Club had quite a contingent here. Somehow, I didn’t get many pictures of them.
While walking along the lineup of Corvairs, Roo stopped, and deadpanned, “It’s not safe here. Let’s move on.” Ha! I get it!
This goes beyond vintage.
The Italian flag was flying! Alfa Romeo pulled out all the stops. I would love to see that Alfa 4C (top left & right) in my driveway.
The local Corvette Club was here. Most all models of the various Vettes were displayed from the C1 to C7. And yes, the new C8’s (there were tree of them), garnered the most attention.
What can you say about McLaren? The peoples car? No. But they had a permanent display here all weekend.
Other vehicles we came across at C&C
Before and after? Nah. Two different Porsches. Preservation and Restoration.
The rear quarter window of the real Peoples Car. This one has been to Laguna Seca! Slowest lap time?
All too soon Cars & Coffee was over. As mentioned, so many vehicles here to see, we didn’t have the time to get to them all. Just another reason to come back!
Next Post: The crème de la crème take to the show field. The 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.