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Amelia Island prepares for historic racing

After the Concours d’Elegance comes the Vintage Gran Prix, on 18-19 March


Amelia Island is to host its own classic car race meeting on 18-19 March, four days after the end of the annual Concours d’Elegance. It’s being organised by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), an outfit that has become increasingly ambitious under the ownership of telecoms magnate Tony Parella. And in homage to the local sports car racing events of the 1960s and 1970s that were held there, the Amelia Island Vintage Racing Gran Prix will be staged at Fernandina Beach Airport.

Racing will take place on a 2.1-mile circuit marked out on a section of the airfield by special safety barriers that the SVRA has bought rather than rented. Fernandina Beach will remain an active airport throughout the races and, as part of the agreement for the event being staged there, the race circuit has to be created in a single day and then removed with equal haste.

The inaugural Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix is an invitation-only event. It’s predicted that 250 racing cars and 30 race bikes will make the trip to the Florida coast, together with at least 10,000 spectators. Under Parella’s leadership the SVRA has been making festivals out of its race events, and for Amelia Island it is organising a Show and Shine on the neighbouring golf course, with motorbikes and aircraft on display as well as classic cars.

Take a look at the preview video from the SVRA here:

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