The day before the Amelia Concours is my favorite – mostly.
Rick D’Louhy and I we tend to run to the last minute, which makes it an exciting day, but one that I feel I need to “prep” for like an athlete leading up to a 26 mile marathon “sprint” – if there was ever such a thing. And as you can tell from some of my photos….I’m not in “athlete” shape – at least for the moment.
There are three separate “parts” or “stages” to the Saturday before the Concours, and I’ll discuss each one below.
Stage 1: Waking Up, Hooking Up, and Getting To Amelia
It’s a five hour drive to Amelia from my house. And when we do a big event such as a class of cars and have a caravan heading to Amelia – it becomes a “convoy” – just like out of the 70s. If you don’t remember this film, check out how we feel below:
Needless to say, getting to Amelia always feels like an adventure to me. So, Merrill and Gerianne Powell, Marshall Foxworthy, Bob Craig, Caseem Michaels, Ed Watson, Pat Tobin, and an assortment of fiber-characters saddled up about 10am and headed to Amelia.
And of course it never goes as fast as it should and we arrived about 6 hours later at Amelia and began our next stage of Saturday’s adventure.
Stage 2: Arriving at Amelia, Unloading, And Beating Feet!
For each concours event there is usually an option to drop your cars on the field the day before. This extra “buffer” allows us to arrive on Sunday if anything goes wrong Saturday, and it has an added benefit too. It’s the “Quiet Before The Storm.”
You see Amelia is not a quiet event. Last year’s reported attendance was around 25,000 folks, and people arrive and tour the field between 10am and 4pm when it starts to thin out. Each year Amelia is an amazing event with even a greater number of amazing people – which grows about 15% in attendance each year.
So….placing the cars on the field is wonderful on Saturday. It’s quiet, and we can spend some quality time with each of the participants in the Forgotten Fiberglass class – as you can see in the photos below:
We aim to get off the field on Saturday around 6pm, because the next stage begins at 7pm – our annual Forgotten Fiberglass Get-Together/Pizza Party at the Hampton Inn near Jacksonville Airport.
Stage 3: The Forgotten Fiberglass Blowout (Pizza Party at the Hampton Inn)
We schedule a Pizza Partys during each of the major showing of the collection of our group’s cars – and this year was the biggest yet – about 40 folks in all. Very fun. However, if you look for “pizza” in the “pizza party” this year I’m not sure you’ll see any. I think it took about 2 hours for the 15-20 pies to arrive, so by the time they did arrive, all cameras were dropped and the eating and drinking began. I’ll figure out the logistics of this some day so we can meet, greet, take photos, and eat 🙂
So “fun” was had by all which is the goal of any event for any hobby and I’m pleased we met this head-on. And while we finished up around 10:30pm that night in the lobby of the Hampton Inn, I was soon to give up my room and pull an “all-nighter” in the lobby (see photo below) as we readied ourselves for the next day – our debut of Forgotten Fiberglass class at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
We have a few more stories to share about Amelia so stay tuned to your favorite fiber-channel. Hope you enjoyed the post, and remember gang…
The adventure continues here at Forgotten Fiberglass.