We attended the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance last weekend and helped present the 1952 Voodoo Gardner on the field with its owners Brian and Sue Ford of Christchurch, New Zealand. And while that was exciting for myself and our Undiscovered Classics team, we were also pleased to see two more American Handcrafted Specials on the concours field – a 1958 Victress S1A Roadster and a beautiful Devin D Roadster. Each of these sports cars were beautifully restored, presented and held their own nicely in their separate classes.
So there were three “Undiscovered Classics” at the Amelia concours in three different classes. That’s definitely a first. Normally all of these “Sports Specials” would be in the same class which would be impressive by itself. But it appears “Undiscovered Classic” cars are being “discovered” and appreciated by a wider group of owners, restorers and enthusiasts. And the concours have taken notice and the handcrafted sports specials are starting to appear more regularly – with and without our help.
We may have led the way down this path in the past decade or so, but nothing would give us greater joy than the sports specials movement (handcrafted American sports cars) to continue to grow with and without our involvement. Click here to view the concours d’elegance appearances that Undiscovered Classics has made in the past 12+ years.
So let’s take a look at the sports specials that were on the Amelia concours field this past weekend.
1952 Voodoo Gardner Special
1958 Victress S1A Roadster
1959 Devin Roadster
We had a pleasant surprise at the end of the concours day too. Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars spent some one-on-one time with Brian and Sue Ford – owners of the Voodoo Gardner. And since it was at the end of the day, the time and conversation was relaxed and fun. Wayne Carini is always a great guy and joined in our end-of-day photos of which one is below. Thanks for the added fun Wayne – much appreciated 🙂
We’ll do a special story with added photos on each of these sports specials as this week continues. So be on the lookout for more detail and information on each of these sports cars. Until then….
Hope you enjoyed the story, and remember…
The adventure continues here at Undiscovered Classics.
I look forward and enjoy each and every Undiscovered Classics. You are teaching me lots about the history of fiberglass and its use in cars of the 1950’s. I am currently having my Kaiser-Darrin go through a complete frame off nuts and bolts total restoration at this time. I’ll send photos upon completion later this year.
Look forward to talking with you Keith and learning more about your Kaiser Darrin. Thanks for sharing. Geoff
Susan and I found this year’s show one of the best we’ve ever attended . The three specials certainly added to the excitement as they were all stunning ! The only negative was that we didn’t run into You .
Congratulations Geoff. Your unique skill set and undying commitment to the cause are really paying off.