Jacksonville, FL - Alfa Romeo has confirmed it will send Hans Stuck’s 1977 Watkins Glen Alfa Romeo-powered Brabham to Amelia from its museum in Arese near Milan, Italy as the centerpiece of the Cars of Hans Stuck Class for the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
The Brabham BT45B is the car that Stuck put on the front row at Watkins Glen and gave the 100,000-plus fans at the 1977 Grand Prix of the United States a wild show of extraordinary car control in soaking conditions.
Stuck qualified on the front row at Watkins Glen, bested only by reigning Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt. When the green flag fell, Stuck blasted through the fog and mist to lead the first 14 laps conducting a wet-weather master class for a field that included six drivers who would wear the World Champion’s mantle. A broken clutch cable caused his BT45B to jump out of gear and hit a barrier.
“I was at Watkins Glen in 1977 and have great memories of Stuck’s Brabham and the great sound of that 12-cylinder Alfa Romeo engine,” said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “We’re honored that Alfa Romeo has sent this car from their fabulous museum in Arese, Italy, to honor Hans Stuck.”
The 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will be held March 11-13 on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The show’s foundation has donated more than $2.75 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996. In 2013 the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance won Octane Magazine’s EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award.
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