Happy Birthday, Parnelli Jones!
Parnelli Jones was The Amelia's honoree in 2008. Program and poster art by Robert McGinnis.
Birthday best wishes to our 2008 Amelia Concours d’Elegance Honoree Parnelli Jones, winner of the 1963 Indy 500 and the first racer to break Indy’s “150 mph barrier.” PJ logged six Indy Car wins and 12 poles. 

One of the greatest of the “all rounders” PJ could race anything fast, also winning the Baja 1000 (a race he called “an all-day plane crash”), the Trans-Am for Ford, four NASCAR Cup victories, 25 career sprint car wins, and was one of the “Chevy Twins” (with Jim Hurtubise) who brought the small block Chevy to sprint car racing. He was a threat in any kind of car he raced. Once retired he founded Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing and won the Indy 500 twice as an owner (1970 and ’71) and also won the 1970, ’71 and ’72 USAC National Championships. He founded the Parnelli Formula 1 team in 1974. The team also converted the Cosworth DFX from an F1 engine into a dominant Indy Car power plant in 1976.
Parnelli and Judy Jones enter the show field in the Shelby American King Cobra (Cooper Monaco King Cobra) at the 2008 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Photo by Neil Rashba.
John Mecom paid “PJ” the ultimate compliment during an Amelia Concours seminar when a member of the audience asked him who the best race driver of all time was. Mecom never hesitated and pointed to Parnelli who was sitting in the front row taking it all in. “That man, right there!” said Mecom. The room erupted in cheers.

Happy birthday, Parnelli.



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THE AMELIA will be held May 20-23, 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island. For the Amelia’s full events schedule, including Saturday’s Cars & Coffee at the Concours and Sunday’s premier Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, visit www.ameliaconcours.org. The show’s Foundation has donated over $3.75 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

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