Jan 15 2016

ClassicCars.com: Amelia Island Concours to host 11 motorsports trophies with the winning race cars

ClassicCars.com reports on the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance which will feature Amelia's "Trophy Cars" - eleven significant competition cars and the famous trophies they won in some of history's fabled classic races."


Howard Kroplick

Amelia Island Concours to host 11 motorsports trophies with the winning race cars in special class

Posted on: January 14, 2016 By: Bob Golfen

Eleven of the greatest trophies in motorsports, and the racing cars the won them, will be presented in a special class called “The Great Trophies and Cars” at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida in March.
The Indy 500’s famed Borg-Warner Trophy, the early-era Vanderbilt Cup, two separate year trophies from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Perpetual Trophy and the French Grand Prix trophy of 1914 will be among those tracing the history of world auto racing.
Towering over them all will be the seven-foot-tall Wheeler-Schebler Trophy, first awarded at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909, the year the Speedway opened. Its last presentation was in 1932 to winning-car owner Harry Hartz, who collected his Indy 500 prize for the third straight year and donated the imposing cup to the Indianapolis Speedway Museum, where it stills awes visitors.
A favorite for stock-car fans should be the Harley Earl trophy, named for the iconic General Motors designer and celebrating the most prestigious of stock car races, the Daytona 500. The Amelia Island showing will mark only the second time the Harley Earl and Borg-Warner trophies will be displayed together.
One trophy that is rarely seen and shrouded in mystery is the Maurice G. Bauer Trophy, which was meant to award the winner of the Cannonball Run, an unsanctioned coast-to-coast race that was run four times in the 1970s. But the trophy never was awarded.
When the bronze bust of Maurice Bower rendered by Bolus & Snopes was presented to Cannonball co-founder Brock Yates in 1972, he reportedly liked it so much that he decided to hang onto it and it never left his home. The 1973 Ferrari Dino that won the 1975 race, and would have taken the trophy, will be displayed at Amelia with the unawarded prize.
Of Maurice Bauer, little is known aside from his watching “developments” from his front porch in Grand Island, Nebraska, according to an Amelia Island Concours news release.
The presence of the Borg-Warner trophy, which has sculpted on its surface the faces of the winning Indy 500 drivers, should be a treat for followers of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Louis Meyer, the first driver to win the Indy 500 three times, is credited with saying, “Winning the Borg-Warner Trophy is like winning an Olympic medal.”
“To have these trophies and the cars that won them on Amelia’s concours field brings home the true spirit of racing and the power of Louis Meyer’s words,” Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours, said in the news release. “It brings our long racing history and heritage into sharp focus.”
The 11 entries in “The Great Trophies and Cars” class at Amelia Island are:
Borg-Warner Trophy – Indianapolis 500, 1970 Indy-winning Colt/Ford #2
Wheeler-Schebler Trophy – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 1909 Buick “Old #10”
Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Perpetual Trophy – Richard Petty Plymouth Superbird
Le Mans 24 Hour Trophy (1949) – Ferrari 166MM
Le Mans 24 Hour Trophy (1965) – Ferrari 250 LM NART, Ferrari’s last Le Mans 24 winner
Stevens Trophy – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Cord 810 speed record car, 1937
Race of Two Worlds – Monza, Italy, Watson/Offenhauser “roadster,” 1957
Vanderbilt Cup – ALCO “Black Beast” (the first two-time Vanderbilt Cup winner) 1909 and 1910
Maurice G. Bauer Trophy (Cannonball Run) – 1973 246 Ferrari Dino
The 1914 French GP Trophy – Mercedes GP
Alec Ulmann Trophy (Sebring) –1954 OSCA MT-4
The 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance events will be held March 11-13 on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Harry Hartz and his 1932 Indy 500-winning Wetterorth/Miller race car are dwarfted by the Wheeler-Schebler Trophy. Courtesy of Amelia Island Concours.

Indy 500 star Dario Franchitti with the Borg-Warner trophy

  The Alco Black Beast as seen at the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Photo by Ellen Limongelli.


Jan 17 2016 Michael A. Lugo 11:18 AM

Yep, I’ll be there!  Going to see the Alco again after 40 years.  Have never seen the Vanderbilt Cup.  How did Bill get the Smithsonian to part with for an event?  He must walk on water.
From Howard Kroplick

Michael, the Alco Black Beast will be paired with the CART Vanderbilt Cup. This cup was awarded to the winner of the U.S. 500 from 1996 to 1999 and the CART/Champ car champion from 2000 to 2007. The original Vanderbilt Cup remains in a storage locker at the Smithsonian Institution and was not made available for this event by our national museum.

Jan 17 2016 Scott Alexander 2:11 PM

Why can’t our National Museum loan the actual Vanderbilt Cup with the Car that won it, for this spectacular, “once in a lifetime” opportunity to bring all these great past winners together? Doesn’t anyone have some ability to get this item loaned out for a week? How is the public ever going to the chance to appreciate this piece of automotive art, sitting in a locker in Washington D.C. ???? Isn’t this the true reason for conservation of this unique artifact?

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