Photo courtesy of Bill Warner

   Our local sports car superstar racer celebrates a milestone birthday today marking another major landmark in a life and career filled with extraordinary successes.

   Hurley will always be associated with Jacksonville, his adopted home, Brumos and, of course, Porsche, his mount for his record ten victories in the pantheon of international road racing classics; the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. All won in Porsches.

   Along the way he logged championships in IMSA GT, Camel GT and the Bridgestone Super Car Series plus the 1988 SCCA Trans-Am Championship when he became the first racer to win that prestigious title in an all-wheel drive car.

Photo Courtesy of Bill Warner

   His role as Chief Instructor at the Porsche Sport Driving School in Birmingham and Brumos Driving Experience in Gainesville made him a legend to another generation of Porsche drivers and enthusiasts.

   This year he added author to his list of credits publishing his autobiography Hurley: From the Beginning.

   A longtime friend of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Hurley was our 1998 Honoree and has served as an unimpeachable class judge since The Amelia's beginning in 1996.

                                     Archive photo from the 1998 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

  The entire Amelia Concours staff and our 700-plus volunteers salute our own local racing hero Hurley Haywood today on his birthday.

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 more than 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. The 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2019. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.


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