THE ELECTRIC FUTURE AND THE GTP PAST MEET AT AMELIA
   Tradition will be upheldon Friday March 9 and Saturday March 10, 2018 when the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance offers auto enthusiasts two rare opportunities to get "back stage passes" to the inside world of automotive competition and design.


  Jaguar Electric E-Type (Photo Courtesy of Jaguar USA)


   On Friday, March 9, 2018, Stewart Reed, Department Chair Transportation Design of the Art Center, will host the WATTS NEXT? Design Challenges of the Electric Car seminar. The seminar features an all-star panel including Alfonso Albaisa, Senior VP of Global Design, Nissan; Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar; Moray Callum, VP of Design, Ford Motor Company; Grant Larson, Exterior Designer, Porsche; Michael Simcoe, VP Global Design, GM and Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler, AG. Watts Next? will explore and explain the challenges and complexities of designing for the burgeoning electric car market.



1985 Porsche 962 (Photo Courtesy of Bill Warner)

   Saturday March 10th brings Drivers of the IMSA GTP Prototypes (Grand Touring Prototype) to the Ritz-Carlton's Talbot Ballroom. These are the headline players who made IMSA's endurance races of the 1980s and nineties one of the most popular and best supported racing series in North American motorsport history. IMSA's 1981 Lola T600 GTP-mounted Champion Brian Redman will be united with former Group 44 teammates Hurley Haywood and 1987 GTP Champion Chip Robinson. They will be joined by Derek Daly, Rob Dyson, Tommy Kendall, and Davy Jones to share insider stories and experiences from America's most prestigious sports car series.

  

1983 March 83G (Photo Courtesy of Bill Warner)


   As a Saturday seminar bonus Andial founder and former Porsche Motorsports North American CEO Alwin Springer and IMSA Senior Vice President Mark Ruffauf will join the panel for an inside look at the racing formula that saw speed and attendance records obliterated and automotive technologies forced into the future. The Amelia's IMSA GTP seminar will be hosted by award-winning television racing commentator Bob Varsha.
 
  "IMSA's GTP era marked the first time in motorsport history that a North American road racing series helped force automotive technology through competition rather than exist as little more than motorized entertainment," said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. "The seeds of the high-technology GTP era can still be seen in today's efficient hybrid-powered racers. We believe the IMSA GTP and WATTS NEXT? - The Design Challenges of the Electric Cars seminars offer relevant views of the path and future of automotive technology and design."



INFINITI Protoype 9 Concept (Photo courtesy of INFINITI)


   The Amelia's seminars take place in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island March 9 - 10, 2018. Tickets for both WATT'S NEXT: Design Challenges of the Electric Car and Drivers of the IMSA Prototypes ($35.00 per person, per seminar) are available now at www.ameliaconcours.org .


Tickets for the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 9-11, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island are available now. Click Here for Tickets

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 300 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 $3.2 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 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
 
     

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