Next to Pebble Beach, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, held each year in March at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Florida, is the country's most prestigious concours. Some actually prefer it to Pebble because of its more gentlemanly pace and more manageable proportions.
It lacks nothing whatsoever when it comes to cool cars, however, as we discovered on our inaugural excursion as a guest of major Amelia sponsor Mercedes-Benz. The iconic German marque also helped honor American racing legend Al Unser, who won the Indy 500 four times, among other accomplishments, at the event.
Besides a host of beauteous Benzes like the green 190SL above, we encountered a killer collection from Brumos Porsche's racing stable, a massive display of Jaguar D-Types and a number of cars associated with the King of Cool himself, Steve McQueen.
Here are the highlights: