September 18, 2018
Volkswagen Rometsch Beeskow Cabriolet photo courtesy of The Bosés Collection
Amelia Concours tradition seems to require the inclusion of a special class that stands apart from concours orthodoxy. Cars of the cowboys, advertising cars, hunting cars and the movie cars classes were popular, populous and well received...even by concours’ purists.

Here we go again.

To acknowledge the 70th anniversary of the VW Bug’s arrival in America, the 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will highlight an overlooked segment of Europe’s carrozzeria -- or, in this case, karosserie -- culture with a class of custom coachwork Volkswagen “Bugs.”

America’s VW phenomenon began 70 years ago, on January 17, 1949 when the M/S Westerdam docked in New York bearing the first Volkswagen to be sold in America.

1954 Volkswagen Rometsch Beeskow Coupe photo courtesy of The Bosés Collection
Jacksonville played a role in the VW saga thanks to local import car industry legend Hubert Brundage. “Mr. B”, to his employees, was the “B-R-U” in Brumos. His name will always be associated with Jacksonville where, 60 years ago, he also created the Brumos Porsche Car Corp.

Earlier he was the southeastern distributor for Volkswagen and a Jacksonville VW dealer. Many people who knew Mr. B said he was a visionary: many claimed he was a genius.

On the 70th anniversary of Volkswagen’s commercial debut in America it’s appropriate to honor Mr. B’s vision and inclination to think outside the box. His esthetic and commercial sensibilities matched the tone of VW’s earliest foray into the American market, yet he was eager to reach beyond corporate convention.

“The custom coachwork VW is the flipside of the Bug’s original American mission and message: The perfect fodder for an Amelia Concours special class,” said Warner.  
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 7-10, 2019. For more information, visit  or call 904-636-0027.

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