McLaren’s stunning cars had a very successful weekend at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance in Florida, bringing the past and present together with heritage and racing McLarens on display, topped off with a well-deserved award for the 720S. Selected McLaren guests were treated to a helicopter ride before the event began, traveling up the coast from Ritz-Carlton to Georgia’s Jekyll Island, a beautiful location bounded by golden sands. This occasion was hosted by McLaren Palm Beach retailer Steve Myers Jr.
Upon landing, the guests were driven in three 570S Spiders right from the runway to an alfresco lunch at a location overlooking the ocean. They savored the test drives and food provided, before returning to the Amelia Island heliport for the Concours d’Elegance’s festivities. Delighted with the event’s success, Steve enthused, ‘The team did an amazing job creating an unforgettable experience. Everyone felt very much a part of the McLaren family.’
The Amelia Concours selects a new honoree every year, a member of the motorsport hall of fame embodying the event’s true spirit and has raced cars with the provenance to attract both serious collectors and enthusiastic fans alike. 2018’s honor went to Brazil’s Emerson Fittipaldi, the 1974 Formula 1 World Champion with McLaren and twice winner of the Indianapolis 500. Emerson drove his 1974 championship-winning M23/8 over to Amelia’s McLaren stand, before attending an exclusive dinner with McLaren guests while both of his successful cars were available for viewing.
One of McLaren’s iconic red-and-white liveried cars also did well, with the privately owned M23 claiming the blue rosette and Best In Class for the category celebrating Emerson’s racing career. The 720S also picked up another accolade, being named one of Automobile’s 2018 All-Stars. This joins the 720S’ already impressive list of accolades including Road & Track’s Performance Car of the Year, and also Supercar of the Year for Evo, Car and Top Gear Magazines.
Alongside a striking Paris Blue 720S, the award was received by Vice President of Marketing & Communications for McLaren North America, Andy Thomas on the Ritz-Carlton’s prize-giving lawn. Automobile writer and pro race driver Andy Pilgrim said, “The 720S left everyone who drove it gobsmacked, speed-struck and, frankly, in need of a little quiet time.”