AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- It's hard to overstate what a big deal this weekend'sConcours d'Elegance on Amelia Island is for motor heads. It's literally one of the top shows in the country.
Held at the Ritz-Carlton, this year's Concours celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra. The Ferrari GTO and Custom Coachwork Cadillacs will also be highlighted.
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Fans that stroll around the Ritz and its lush golf course, where the majority of the cars will be featured on Sunday, will be treated to seeing Natalie Woods' Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and Ginger Rogers' 1929 Duisenberg.
A controversial experimental Corvette that was never built will also be on display. The rear-engine 1964 Corvette XP-819 was created despite a disagreement between Corvette godfather Zora Arkus-Duntov and Chevrolet engineering chief Frank Winchell, according to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
Plenty of high rollers will be on the island for the RM Auction Saturday. Among the cars they'll be able to bid on: a 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria, a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible and 1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton.
The show is a major fundraiser for the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, bringing in nearly $1.8 million since the first Concours was held in 1996. Last year alone $100,000 was raised.
Lewis Turnerwill provide First Coast News coverage from the Concours. Watch for coverage in the 5, 5:30, 6 and 7 p.m. newscasts. Then Sunday afternoon and Monday visit firstcoastnews.com for slideshow coverage of the cars and people.