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As travel destinations go, Iceland is becoming increasingly popular, because of its extreme landscapes, welcoming but sparse population, and also perhaps because it is one of the last places not to be ‘conquered’ by tourists. Rallies for classic cars usually pretty much reflect the general travel trends, and many participants treat them as tourist events with the added bonus of seeing a destination from the wheel of their own car, and therefore often off the main tourist routes. South America, and Patagonia in particular, is another destination that has become popular for both tourists and rally tourists.
Nearly 400 four cars of every size, shape, and era lined up on the rolling fairways of the Amelia Island Golf Club for the 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on the weekend of 10-12 March. A rare 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier won Best in Show in the Concours d’Elegance category and a 1957 Ferrari 335 S, driven in period by amongst others, Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins and Stirling Moss captured Best in Show honours in the Concours de Sport category. Themes this year included a tribute to Jacky Ickx, that saw many of the F1 and Le Mans driver’s past chariots gathered on the picturesque lawns, including a replica of the Mercedes 280 GE Gelandewagen with which he won the Dakar in 1983, and Cars of the Rock Stars with Janis Joplin’s psychedelically painted Porsche 356, a Corvette driven by Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson’s Cadillac Eldorado owned by Bill Warner and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson’s 1928 Bentley.
'Edition 0’ of The International Concours of Elegance (The I.C.E.) organised by Lisippa SAGL headed by Marco Makaus in partnership with the municipality of St. Moritz and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, and sponsored by Pirelli, took place on March 3 on the glitzy ski resort’s frozen lake, usually known for its White Turf horseracing and polo matches. Set to become a regular addition to the St Moritz winter programme, this year saw the trial run in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and organisers are determined to keep an element of real fun in the event in contrast to many more serious concours. Part of the fun is that the cars get to run on the lake and many were equipped with studded tyres for the purpose. This first pilot version saw two prizes awarded, one by popular vote of the public and the other was the vote of a “Social Media Jury” in which many experts and influencers were able to express their preference. The “Spirit of St. Moritz” prize went to the 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre of Alex Boller, while the “InstaLake” prize went to …… and Lamborghini Countach 25°.