The automobile concours season is already upon us even though temperatures in northeast Ohio are below freezing and more snow is predicted. The first major show of the season is the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance held-where else?-in Amelia Island, Florida, just north of Jacksonville. This is always a great grouping of automobiles and it sure doesn't hurt that the location is a warm one near the Atlantic Ocean. (At least it's warmer than Ohio; sometimes the temps in north Florida can be quite cool!) The Amelia Island show is held March 15. The big concours in our area takes place in September in Canton -the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles. According to their web site (www.GlenmoorGathering.com) the 2009 dates are September 18-20. This year they are featuring the "Automobiles of Edsel Ford" plus a special group of 1934 Ford hot rods. Ken Gross, a national automotive writer and authority on hot rods, is putting this class together, so we should expect some great cars again. Gross used to be the director of the Peterson Museum in California. Many car collectors don't know how influential Edsel Ford was in the styling of Ford and Lincoln automobiles. He was the man-it sure wasn't his father, Henry. Last year, in spite of crummy weather on Friday and Saturday these guys put on another great show. On Sunday, they held the main event on the front lawn of Glenmoor Country Club. This year, I expect they'll return to the back lawn, which is more spacious. Personally, I think we're really lucky to have a first class event like this right in our own back yard.
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