Fifty years ago Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt devastated the record book breaking Le Mans' 5000 km barrier with the mighty GT40 Mk IV prototype.
It was the first all-American victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Powered by a massively powerful 427 cubic inch stock-block V-8 engine Gurney and Foyt's red number-one simply out ran, out-raced and over-powered a fleet of international challengers.
           To celebrate Gurney made racing history and changed the protocols of motorsport's podiums and victory lanes forever.
           When handed the victors' Moet & Chandon Champagne, Gurney gave it a good shake and sprayed the surprised crowd with a froth of Moet. Cheers and laughter punctuated the moment. From that day a jubilant spray of champagne has become the winner's right in most top level motorsport competition, except Le Mans!
           Since 2002, when Dan Gurney was our honoree, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance has preserved and honors Gurney's noble sporting tradition by spraying a salute to the winners of the Concours d'Elegance and Concours de Sport from a Moet jeroboam.
  This weekend is the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To mark the 50th anniversary of that landmark Moet salute the staff of the Amelia Island Concours will honor Dan Gurney's and AJ Foyt's all-American triumph with a toast and a spray of Moet, the official Champagne of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
Salut, Dan! Salut, Moet!

About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, "The Amelia" draws over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show's Foundation has donated over $3.0 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc., Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Shop with Cops, and other deserving charities. In 2013 and 2016 the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance won Octane Magazine's EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award.The 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 9-11, 2018. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.


Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
3016 Mercury Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
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