Jacksonville, FL — A 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet and 1974 Shadow DN4 (above) were crowned this year’s Best in Shows at the 26th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The Concours was moved from its original March date to May to take advantage of the lessening of Covid restrictions, returning to the Golf Club of Amelia Island and the Ritz-Carlton to host this much anticipated event.
A 1974 Shadow DN4 displayed by James Bartel of Key West, Florida took home the Best in Show Concours de Sport Trophy. DN4-1A is the Championship winning Shadow racer from 1974. It was driven by Jackie Oliver and won four out of five races from the final shortened season of the original Can-Am. DN4-1A was retained by Don Nichols in an unrestored condition until purchased by its current owner in 2014. It was restored and raced in historic races from 2016 to the present. It has finished first in every historic race entered. The DN4-1A has been newly restored following an incident at the 2020 Road America historic races in July 2020. This is the first time it is being displayed since its latest restoration.
The weekend’s festivities included the celebration of The Amelia’s 2021 honoree: racer, writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Lyn St. James.
The Best in Show Concours d’Elegance Trophy was awarded to a 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet displayed by Jill and Charles Mitchell of Stuart, Florida. The H6 featured an aluminum, overhead camshaft 403cid inline six-cylinder engine. This Hispano-Suiza H6B was given Cabriolet Le Dandy coachwork at the Henri Chapron Works in 1931.
“The 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet and 1974 Shadow DN4 both represent the excellence we strive for at The Amelia,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “This year’s showfield might have been reduced to encourage social distancing, but the quality of the entries made selecting the winners as difficult as ever. Many thanks to our judging team, led by Paul Sable, for overcoming the almost insurmountable task of choosing the best of the best in each class.”