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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- The First Coast's most prestigious automotive event of the year is almost here. Below is a schedule of events for the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance at the Ritz-Carlton. For additional information, including ticket purchasing information, visit the officialConcours d'Elegance website.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
RM Auctions Car Preview
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Ocean Front Lawn - Open to Public

Thursday, March 7, 2013 3:00 - 6:30 pm
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Silent Auction
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza I - Open to Public

Thursday, March 7, 2013 2:00 - 11 pm
Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza II - Open to the Public

Thursday, March 7, 2013 6:30 pm
Wine Makers Dinner honoring the Guardians of Porsche
Presented by Porsche Cars of North America, Inc.
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom (limited availability)

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013 7:30 am
The Porsche Driving Experience
Drivers Meeting/departure is from Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport

Friday, March 8, 2013 8:30 am
Marque Car Road Tour
Leaves from front of the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
By Invitation Only. Concludes in Downtown Fernandina Beach for a public display

Friday, March 8, 2013 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza II - Open to Public

Friday, March 8, 2013 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
RM Auctions Car Preview
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Ocean Front Lawn - Open to Public

Friday, March 8, 2013 1:30 pm
50th Anniversary of Corvette Sting Ray Seminar
Design Analysis of the Revolutionary Corvette Sting Ray
Peter Brock, One of the Designers on the Original Corvette Sting Ray
Ed Welburn, GM VP of Global Design
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Talbot Ballroom Tickets $25.00

Friday, March 8, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Concours Retail Shop
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Santa Maria II

Friday, March 8, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Automobilia and Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Friday, March 8, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Luxury Automobiles Test Drives
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Front Driveway

Friday, March 8, 2013 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Silent Auction
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza I - Open to Public

Friday, March 8, 2013 4:00 pm
Porsche 911 Seminar presented by Porsche Cars North America
Porsche's Flagship at 50
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Talbot Ballroom. Tickets $25.00

Panel to include:
Peter Schutz - President of Porsche Cars, AG, Retired
Alwin Springer - Race Engine Development
Harm Lagaaij - Director of Design, Retired
Hurley Haywood - The Most Successful Driver of the Porsche 911, Celebrating the40th Anniversary of his Victory in the Daytona 24 Hours of Endurance
Jack Atkinson - Former Crew Chief for Brumos Racing
Vic Elford - Winner of the Monte Carlo Rally
Jeff Zwart - Pike's Peak Champion

(Included with your purchase of the Porsche Driving Experience)

Friday, March 8, 2013 7:00 - 9:00 pm
RM Auctions Bidders' Reception
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom - Registered Bidders Only

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
duPont Registry Cars and Coffee at the Concours presented by Heacock Classic CarInsurance
The Golf Club of Amelia Island - 18th Fairway - Open to Public

Saturday, March 9, 2013 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza II - Open to Public

Saturday, March 9, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Visit our Concours Retail Shop and our merchants throughout the Ritz-Carlton,Amelia IslandSaturday, March 9, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Complimentary Manufacturer's Test Drives located in front of the Ritz-Carlton,Amelia Island

Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom - Registered Bidders Only

Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Silent Auction
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza I - Open to Public
Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:00 am
Ford GT40 Seminar presented by Kelly Services
Design and Development of the Most Successful American Endurance Racer
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Talbot Ballroom Tickets $30.00
Panel to include:
Brian Redman
David Hobbs
John Horsman - John Wyer Racing Team Manager
Lee Holman - President of Holman Automotive, Inc. and Holman Moody, Inc.
Alan Grant - Shelby American

Saturday, March 9, 2013 6:30pm
Breitling Cocktail Reception - By Invitation Only
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Talbot Pre-Function and Colonnade
Saturday, March 9, 2013 7:30pm
Mercedes-Benz USA Gala Dinner Honoring Sam Posey - By Invitation OnlyRitz-Carlton, Talbot Ballroom - Black Tie Optional

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The Golf Club of Amelia Island - 10th & 18th Fairways

THE CONCOURS ON FIRST COAST NEWS

Watch First Coast News on WJXX-ABC 25 and WTLV-NBC 12 beginning Monday for a week of Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance coverage. Stories will include:

Monday, March 4: A look at some of the historic concept cars coming to the 2013 Concours from Bill Bortzfield, including one of founder Bill Warner's favorites.
Tuesday, March 5: Ken Amaro looks at how the Concours benefits Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.
Wednesday, March 6: Lewis Turner has an interview with Concours founder Bill Warner.
Friday, March 8: Erica Edwards rounds up some exotic cars and looks at how kids can develop a love for automotive classics.
Saturday, March 9: Live coverage on Good Morning Jacksonville from the Concours Cars & Coffee event, which will include the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Plus: A wrap-up at 6 on WTLV-NBC 12 and at 6:30 p.m on WJXX-ABC 25.
Sunday, March 10: The big day. Watch First News at 6:30pm on WJXX-ABC 25 for highlights from the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

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