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News Briefs:    City’s 1906 Stanley Rocket replica wins honors at the

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance classic car show


The city-owned replica of the 1906 Stanley Rocket Racer won the “Race Torations Award” for the best re-creation at the March 12 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance classic car show.  The original Rocket Racer, driven by Fred Marriott, set a famous world land speed record of 127.7 mph on Ormond Beach in 1906 that held for four years. 

An announced crowd of about 20,000 were on hand for the event, which included 300 cars that included Indy racers, new electric hybrids and pre-1900 Stanley Steamers.  The eleventh annual event is considered one of the top car shows in the world and raises over $100,000 a year for the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and other charities.

        The Rocket Racer, fresh from its run on the sands of Ormond Beach during the Jan. 26 Stanley Centennial at the Birthplace of Speed, was one of the highlights of the Concours, featured prominently on the event web site and other publicity.  The event’s founder and Chairman, Bill Warner, arranged for the transport of the Rocket, normally on display at Daytona USA where the car will return later this week.

            The original Rocket Racer was destroyed in a 1907 crash on Ormond Beach that almost killed Marriott as he was trying to break his own world record.    The Rocket replica was built by Morris P. Frost (1918-1998) in Lake Park, Florida between 1969 and 1971 at a cost of about $300,000. Frost had owned and restored two Stanley’s, and had discussed how the Rocket was built with Marriott in the 1940’s. After it was completed, he donated it to the City of Ormond Beach, and it has been on display at the Daytona USA exhibit for several years.

            Driving the Rocket at the Concours during two parade laps were Dan Smith (pictured) and Brent Campbell.  Smith, one of the City’s volunteers with the local Motor Racing Heritage Association, has served as race director for the Birthplace of Speed Centennials since 2003.  Campbell, a Stanley owner who spends his winters in Melbourne, volunteered to lead the effort in getting the Rocket in running condition for the Centennial and the Concours event. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill Warner, Chairman
Chris Hoyt, Dir. of Operations    904-636-6687


World-Famous Stanley Steamer Rocket Returning to Public View



– For the first time in nearly 30 years, the replica of the famous Stanley Steamer “Rocket” piloted by daredevil racecar driver Fred Marriott to a land speed record of 127.659 mph nearly 100 years ago on the sands of Ormond Beach, Florida, is out of its museum confines and headed for refurbishment.

Staff members and volunteers of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the City of Ormond Beach transported the canoe-bodied racer from the Daytona USA
Museum at Daytona International Speedway to a private facility in nearby Ormond Beach where it will undergo refurbishment in advance of the centennial celebration of the record it set back in 1906. Plans call for the Rocket to participate January 26, 2006, in a reenactment of its famous run on Ormond Beach, and from there, its next stop is the Amelia Island Concours.

“This is very exciting for the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the City of Ormond Beach,” says Bill Warner, founder and chairman of Amelia. “This is an
incredible and very rare piece of history and I want to thank the City of Ormond Beach, DaytonaUSA, and Dan Smith of the Motor Racing Heritage Association
(MRHA) for working together on this. The car hasn’t been out in public in years and once it’s appeared at the centennial celebration, we will have it on display at Amelia Island in March along with a number of other significant steamers.”

And more...

The 2006 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will be held March 10-12 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The featured marque will be Stanley Steamer and
three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford will be the honoree. The show’s foundation has donated nearly $1.4 million to Community Hospice of Northeast
Florida, Inc. since 1996. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is one of the nation's most innovative vintage auto shows featuring over 250 rare classics from seldom-seen private collections nationwide. The show is scheduled for March 10-12, 2006, on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton.

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