- Oct 21, 2012
Goodwood Revival-style event may come to the US [UPDATE]
It appears that may be in the works, as Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance founder Bill Warner is in talks with Goodwood's Lord March to bring an event like the revival to the United States. According to the report from Auto Minded, the aim is to have an event take place in the fall, after the conclusion of Europe's vintage events.
The report suggests that the Florida town of Fernandina Beach, to which Warner has strong ties, is an ideal location. The town has a municipal airport that can provide facilities for vintage aircraft as well as the layout for a race course. (The FAA would need to approve the location.) Additionally, Fernandina Beach is close to luxury resorts that befit the concours/vintage-racing set.
While there are several prominent Concours events, such as Greenwich, as well as racing events in Lime Rock and Monterey, the US does not have a revival-type event that throws you into the past the way that Goodwood does. Let's hope this plan comes to fruition.
UPDATE: The PR firm representing the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance contacted us to inform us that the group is not involved in the above plans. Please scroll down to read a statement from Amelia Island Concours chairman Bill Warner.
"We have read the various reports about the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance being in talks to bring a Goodwood-like revival to the United States, and they are not true. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation has only approached the City of Fernandina (FL) and The Fernandina Beach Airport officials to determine whether a vintage racing event could take place on their facility. While we certainly respect Goodwood as an organization, we are not currently involved in bringing this event to the States and any statement suggesting that we are, is purely speculative." -Bill Warner, Chairman of Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance