Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance postponed to May

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Matt Lewis

For many car fans, the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance promised to be the first big show of the year. That might still be the case, but it will be happening later than previously planned. The team organizing the event has elected to push the timing back from the originally announced March 4–7 to May 20–23.

The event has been held in the north Florida city of Amelia Island for 30 years.

A statement released from the Amelia Island Concours team cites the reason for the move as allowing “more time for the COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed.” The concours weekend typically attracts tens of thousands of guests, participants, and vendors. Last year’s event was one of the final events to be held uninhibited by pandemic-related restrictions.

“At the outbreak of the [COVID-19] pandemic The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation made a promise to put the safety of our spectators, volunteers, entrants, judges, vendors, sponsors, staff and board of directors first,” said Amelia Island Concours Founder and Chairman Bill Warner. “Every day since, our team has consulted experts, followed local and national developments and weighed our options. We worked tirelessly to create a plan that would allow us to move forward. We also set benchmarks that would require us to pause.”

The Concours’ team recognizes that the move might stress some regular attendees’ calendars, but organizers hope that the shift can actually become a positive and allow some who might not have been able to attend previously to join in on the festivities. The schedule for the weekend’s events can be viewed at ameliaconcours.org, and you can check that site tomorrow for a more detailed update on the May postponement.

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