Wichita Section

Amelia Island

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 9:15am to Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 3:15pm
Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy
Amelia Island
Peter Blackford

The Amelia Island Concour d’ Elegance is now well established as the premier event of this sort in the eastern part of North America. Mercedes Bens was the first, and continues as he most prominent sponsor with an awesome pavilion on the show field and by hosting a star-studded gala at the Ritz Carlton on Saturday evening. If you have an invitation to the gala, this will also serve as you pass for entry into the pavilion. If not, you’re out of luck as attendance is limited and places are filled very early in the season. MBCA members CAN gather for club sponsored dinners both Friday and Saturday evenings, AND, participate in the always popular Cars and Coffee on the show grounds Saturday morning. Entry cars are limited, and space here too, is taken early, but you are free to roam the grounds and enjoy the examples of fine automobiles on display. The MBCA will have a tent in the area of the Mercedes pavilion, and you are encouraged to stop by for a visit. SWFL’s very own Josie Lesler (Enthusiast committee chair person) will be manning said tent, and has expressed a desire for club volunteers to help with set-up and recruitment of new potential members. National Director at Large, Jim Roberts will be hosting traditional dinners both Friday and Saturday evenings on behalf of his local Alabama/N.W. Florida section. The Friday dinner will be a stupendous buffet at the Jacksonville Airport Doubletree Hotel, and the Saturday evening event will be at the traditional Crab Trap restaurant in nearby Fernandina Beach. As mentioned, the Friday dinner is a buffet (fees to be collected at the door) and the Saturday dinner at the Crab Trap will be sit-down with selections made from their extensive menu. You MUST inform Jim in advance if you intend to attend either or both events.


FOR SWFL MBCA MEMBERS Once again under the leadership of Peter Blackford, we plan to depart on Thursday March 5th from the Cracker Barrel @ I-75 Exit 141 at 9:00am. En route, we have arranged to visit a Private multi-marque collection that afternoon so we will “lunch stop” in Lakeland prior to the tour. Thursday Evening; Hotel and dinner will be in Gainsville (Doubletree Hotel @ a contracted rate of $124.00. Use group code MBCA). You may make your reservation with the hotel directly at 352-240-0337. Melissa is our main contact. Note that the above stay INCLUDES the Doubletree Breakfast. Friday Morning: We will depart from the hotel and make our way to the Doubletree by Hilton at JAX for a two night stay (Friday and Saturday). Some may wish to take an optional tour of Amelia that afternoon, or, attend one of the many automobile auctions that will be taking place over the weekend. Friday Evening: We are planning a group dinner (along with National MBCA participation see above) right at the hotel so no driving will be necessary. A great time should be had all as we expect many other MBCA members from other sections to be attending the dinner and staying at the hotel. Saturday Morning; Join us for the always fun Cars and Coffee on the main show field. (free admission) This is the perfect time to collect you tickets for the Sunday show event at “will call” in the Ritz Carlton. Our member Josie Lesler has asked for some help in managing the MBCA membership tent on the field that day. What a great way to meet current and potential members! Saturday Evening; Plan on attending a group dinner at the Crab Trap Restaurant in Fernandina Beach. Sunday Morning; We will check out of the hotel and, since we won’t be going back there on our way to our next stop after the main event. No caravan is planned for our departure from town, but maps to our next destination will be provided when we gather on Thursday. Sunday Afternoon; We will drive southward off of the island by a gentler route, including a short ferryboat ride before arriving at our “usual” stop in St. Augustine the Hampton Inn and Suites St. Augustine/Vilano Beach. Group Name: MBCA of Southwest Florida. Optional dinner that evening. Monday Morning; Those of you that wish can spend some time exploring historic St. Augustine. The rest of us will begin our trek back to the Ft. Myers/Naples area. Peter Blackford