1935 Voisin C25 Aérodyne wins Best in Show at The Amelia 2023

Photograph Courtesy Hagerty

After a rain-soaked Saturday Cars & Community, the morning of The Amelia’s Concours d'Elegance quickly gave way to near-perfect weather.

That perfect weather also gave way to 2023’s Best in Show winner, a 1935 Avions Voisin Type C25 Aérodyne owned by Merle and Peter Mullin.

One of only six made and only four known to exist still, the Voisin was most recently restored in the early 2000s. The car would then compete in the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, winning Best in Show.

Also pictured above is the Best in Show Concours de Sport winner, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM displayed by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Most notably, the car won the 1965 Le Mans 24, field by the North American Racing Team (NART).

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sfisher71 New Reader
3/7/23 12:14 p.m.

I went a little crazy with pictures of that particular 250LM, seeing as it was the last Ferrari to win Le Mans (so far...). Piloted by Masten Gregory, Jochen Rindt, and (maybe) Ed Hugus in the 1965 event, I couldn't take my eyes or my Nikon off it. 

My favorite part, though: when the sun came slanting through the west-facing opening in the tent covering the Le Mans exhibit at Laguna Seca, it brought into stark relief the chips, pits, and scars across the 250's nose. 

It's become expected to see perfectly restored sports and racing cars in Monterey, with paint jobs that probably cost more than the cars themselves did when new, sporting what looks like a pound or two of carnauba wax.

This one, though... each pit, each scar was achieved running at top speed down the Mulsanne Straight, a bit of gravel or at those speeds, maybe a grain of sand hitting with enough force to peel off a tiny speck of rosso da corsa. It called to mind the line from Tennyson's "Ulysses:"

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!


Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/7/23 12:30 p.m.

In reply to sfisher71 :

That's really awesome–and a good example of why a total restoration isn't always the best idea. I'd love to see more of the photos you snapped if you have them.

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