Duesy’s Dominate Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:57 PM. Comments (0)

Duesenberg, the featured marque, turned up in numbers and walked away with both top honors at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at which over forty Duesenberg road and race cars were on display.

Duesy’s Dominate Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Duesy’s Dominate Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Duesenberg, the featured marque, turned up in numbers and walked away with both the top honors at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at which over forty Duesenberg road and race cars were on display.

All signs were positive as Sunday marked the kickoff to the 2011 Concours season. Amelia’s Auctions, seminars and show simply get better every year. Pricing at the RM and Goodings auctions were strong as were the sales rates. These factors bode well for the coming auction and show season and set a positive tone to the weekend. Domestic manufacturer Cadillac was a leading sponsor and had a huge presence on the field and throughout the weekend.

The Nethercutt Collection’s Arlington Torpedo SJ Supercharged Sedan, won the Concours d’Elegance; the portion of the concours reserved for vintage sedans, coupes and convertibles. Dubbed the “Twenty Grand” for its original selling price, the silver beauty is a “one of” car built by the Duesenberg brothers for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.

Duesy’s Dominate Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

The Concours de Sport prize went to the Duesenberg SJ “Mormon Meteor” which held 24 and 48 Hour speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the hands of David Abbott (Ab) Jenkins. The aerodynamic design and specially built Duesenberg supercharged engine competed against world class competitors, and in 1936 averaged 153.8 MPH for 24 hours. Jenkins and this car became world famous in the day for their accomplishments and so great was his reputation that he was elected mayor of Salt Lake City without ever campaigning. Incidentally, the powerful and low slung single light served to illuminate the black line painted on the white salt which determined the 10 mile oval race course which he marked out in the sand and was illuminated with smudge pots at night.

Duesy’s Dominate Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

It was also a good weekend for New England collector and racer Joe Freeman who won First in Class among Duesenberg Racing Cars with his unrestored 1915 racer. The car finished 2nd at the Indianapolis 500 in 1916.

Joe’s company, Racemaker Press, also held a book signing for their latest release about racing in Cuba in the late fifties and early sixties entitled Caribbean Capers. Sir Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney and author Joel Finn happily signed purchasers' copies and the event was a great success.

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