THE AMELIA’S HISTORIC MERCEDES-BENZ GULLWING REUNION VIDEO WINS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATOR AWARD
Jacksonville, FL - The Communicator Award for Best History Feature now sits on the top shelf of the trophy case at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance headquarters. 
Reunited at the 24th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Unrestored Chassis #43 (left) was found in a storage locker near Jacksonville, FL while #44 (right) was undergoing restoration by Mercedes-Benz Classic of Irvine, California.
Photo: The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The Communicator Award presented by the Association of Visual and Interactive Arts -- AVIA -- is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest international awards of its kind.

Produced by Jacksonville-based Gemstone Media, GULLWING REUNION stars a pair of 300 SLs coupes, the iconic breed that was the pioneer of Daimler-Benz’s return to the pinnacle of the global automotive industry and World Championship motorsport.

Across four years (1954-1957) a total of 1400 Gullwings were produced. Just 166 were constructed in 1954. In 2019 an unmolested, “barn-find” 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe was reunited with its immediate sister-ship on the 1954 Gullwing production line at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. 
Ray Hays & Gemstone Media's "Gullwing Reunion" received The Communicator Award presented by the Association of Visual and Interactive Arts.
Chassis #43 was found in unrestored condition in a lockup near Jacksonville, FL while #44 was undergoing restoration by Mercedes-Benz Classic of Irvine, California.

This was an opportunity that would never come again and the discovery was videoed in detail by Gemstone Productions of Jacksonville. Some of that video went to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.

Portions of Gullwing Reunion were shown at the 2019 Essen Motor Show. Techo Classica Essen April 11-12, 2019.

“We’re proud of Ray Hays and the folks at Gemstone Media Inc. who created GULLWING REUNION ,” said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “They produced an award winning world class history video that honors the landmark Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. GULLWING REUNION will serve not only as a historic document but also as the ‘Rosetta Stone’ for future 300 SL restorations. We’re honored to be part of it.”
Chassis #43 was found in a storage locker near Jacksonville, FL. Photos: The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Tickets for the 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance are now available online.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit https://www.ameliaconcours.org/shop/tickets 
About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
  
THE AMELIA is held March 5-8, 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island. The show’s Foundation has donated over $3.5 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and other local and national charities since 1996. To learn more about the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, visit www.ameliaconcours.org .

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