Amelia Island concours founder given automotive heritage award

Bill Warner, who has run the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance for 24 years, will be presented with the Nicola Bulgari Award tomorrow

Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, will recieve the 2018 Nicola Bulgari Award tomorrow for his 'contributions to preserving America's automotive heritage, the use of vintage vehicles and striving to ensure the future of the collector car hobby'.

The annually presented award will be presented by Bulgari, who is vice-chairman of the luxury Bulgari brand and also has a passion for collecting American classic cars, in a gala at The LeMay car museum in Tacoma in Washington. The charitable event supports the America's Automotive Trust.

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Previous winners of the award have include CEOs and leading members of car manufacturer, auction houses and news sites, as well a Rick Hendrick, team owner of legendary NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.

'To be recognized and rewarded for the passions of a lifetime by Nicola, a purist who has given his life to the love of the automobile, is humbling and surprising,' said Warner, who used to be an avid racer and competed at Sebring before starting his iconic concours in Florida 24 years ago. He still occasionally drivers historic cars competitively.

'No machine comes closer to having a soul than the automobile. I think it's safe to say that many of us have said with a straight face that they love their car, or cars, and I'm one of them. The car represents the ultimate freedom.

'There is art in the creation, the operation and even the care and preservation of the automobile. It's no mystery why Nicola, a man who has dedicated his life to the creation and propagation of beauty, is an automotive purist.;

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