F1 Winter Testing-Revisited/Revised
Motorspirit in Barcelona for F1 winter testing; a revisit of 2016, revised for 2017
2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Motorspirit in Florida for the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance featuring premier prewar elegance, exotic cars, eccentric cars, and a plethora of race cars.
themotorspirit.com: 2016 12-Hours of Sebring Motorspirit at the 2016 12-Hours of Sebring; track of some famous races. Sebring is an experience not just a race.
March is when the world of motor cars and motorsports goes to Florida.
The Amelia Island Concours, just outside of Jacksonville, has become the prestige East coast car event. On the grounds of the Ritz Carlton hotel it combines many of the elements of Monterey Car Week into one place: famous cars of historical value, high priced auctions, rare race cars.
This year the event is to honor Brumos Porsche, formerly doing business in Jacksonville. The Brumos dealership was the headquarters of Porsche drivers like Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood.
Sebring: the race.
A week after Amelia Island, about a three-hour drive south to the smack middle of the state, is Sebring. All the great cars and drivers have raced there.
Racing on the runways of a former World War II bomber training base, the 12-Hours of Sebring course is infamously rough and bumpy making it seem like a lifetime for cars and drivers.
Not stuck to a grandstand seat, you can walk around the course and find a good spot to watch. There is access to the paddock throughout the weekend.
Sebring: the party.
The full experience of Sebring is in the infield. Generations of people have been coming and camping in the same spot year after year. There is the crowd at “Turn 10,” “F Troop,” a band of old guys playing southern rock, closing the weekend with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” and a dive bar on the corner of two access roads. They can’t charge for drinks, but you can “donate.”
This year a new class of cars, Daytona Prototype International (DPi) tops the bill. And the new long-distance Porsche 911 RSR race car will be circulating; now with the engine ahead of the rear axle; a four-liter flat six with 510 horsepower, and radical aerodynamics.
Amelia Island is March 10-12, there are hotels around the Jacksonville airport, it’s less than an hour drive to the Ritz. (www.ameliaconcours.org)(Boats&Planes: boats can park at Fernandina Beach Marina; planes at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, there’s a Hertz rental car office and its minutes to the Ritz.)
Sebring is March 15-18, getting a hotel can be tough. (www.sebringraceway.com) Hey, practice all that camping out stuff you learned in Boy Scouts.
Included are videos from last year’s visit.
Barcelona: F1 Winter Testing.
Formula One winter testing is this week. New cars and more in a revised video from last year’s visit.
All the best. Rob Alen