New name and new owner – Hagerty

New name and new owner – Hagerty

Northeast Florida’s biggest classic car event began its 27th iteration Sunday morning with the National Anthem sung by rock-and-roller John Oates and a flyover of smoke-streaming planes as the first of thousands gazed at 225 rolling sculptures of steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and wood.

The Amelia Island concours d’elegance ended with an imposing black 1934 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe being named Best in Show/Concours d’Elegance, and a menacing winged 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R race car honored as Best in Show/Concours de Sport.

As Duesenberg owner Harry Yeaggy hefted his heavy award in front of dozens of cameras, he said this is “really unexpected.”

The black 1934 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe (right) is Best in Show/Concours d'Elegance, and a winged 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R race car was honored as Best in Show/Concours de Sport at the 27th Amelia Island concours d'elegance.

“There’s always a lot of competition and Duesenbergs have won the last couple of years,” said Yeaggy, whose 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible won Best of Show here in 2018. “It took a special car to really make a win.”

Cadillac DPi-V.R owner Wayne Jackson wasn’t on the close-cropped fairway at the Golf Club of Amelia Island for his award, having left his 600-hp IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race car behind because he thought there was no chance of any award. Reached by phone, he said it was “absolutely fantastic” that he won with a car that already had wins at the 2018 Petit Le Mans and the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona.