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City’s 1906 Stanley Rocket replica wins honors at the
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance classic car show
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.
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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IT’S “FULL STEAM AHEAD” FOR AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS
World-Famous Stanley Steamer Rocket Returning to Public View
JACKSONVILLE & ORMOND BEACH, FL; October 14, 2005
– 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
(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
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.
For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or contact them at
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