Updated 3.4.20 — The Palumbo Award will be presented by someone other than VM columnist and The Last Open Road series author Burt Levy after he was laid low by illness earlier in the week. All will soon be well with Burt, but he’s wisely elected to stay home to recuperate.
Oak Park, IL — Vintage Motorsport columnist and The Last Open Road series author Burt Levy will honor an entrant in the Amelia Island Concours who has personally done much of the restoration, repair and preparation work for his or her car with an award named after the narrator/hero of his six-book series.
Another qualifier for the “In the Spirit of Buddy Palumbo” Award — being presented by Levy for the 14th consecutive year at Amelia Island — is that the car is used on road or track as its designers and builders originally intended.
As one of the event’s featured authors, Levy will be in the vendor area March 5-8 selling and signing print copies of his books, as well as digital versions of The Last Open Road audiobook that includes Amelia Island Concours Founder & Chairman Bill Warner as one of the celebrity guest voices.
Created by a different artist or sculptor each year, the 2020 Buddy Palumbo Award is a painting by automotive artist Richard Smyth that will feature the award winner’s car front and center in the service shop of the fictitious Westbridge Motor Car Company, Ltd. Jaguar/MG dealership in Manhattan — a key setting in The Last Open Road novels. A mockup of the painting will be displayed at the concours, but with a Nash Metropolitan holding place for the winning car.
Past Palumbo Awards have featured sculptures by renowned race-engine builder Ted Wenz and students from the Auto Restoration Technology Department at McPherson College, an etched 3D plaque by the late graphics genius Art Eastman, an illuminated stained-glass shadow box by Bob Kovacs and a painting of the winning car by automotive artist Bob Colaizzi.