Beau Boeckemann PARTICIPATES IN "THE GREAT CUSTOMIZERS SEMINAR"
AT 2009 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
Innovative Vehicle Designer to Showcase Once-Lost Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
Orbitron Show Car !
JACKSONVILLE, FL; January 29, 2009 --- The Amelia Island Concours
d'Elegance Foundation, Inc. announced today that Beau Boeckmann,
President of Galpin Auto Sports and one of the most influential
individuals in the world of customizing vehicles, will be at the 14th
annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance March 13-15, 2009.
Boeckmann will participate in "The Great Customizers" seminar on Friday,
March 13th, in The Ritz-Carlton's grand ballroom. He will share the
stage with other notables such as Chip Foose, George Barris, Dean
Jeffries, and Steve Pasteiner. As in past Amelia seminars, the audience
will hear firsthand stories and anecdotes never told before, and another
standing-room-only crowd is expected.
Boeckmann will also showcase Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's newly restored
Orbitron, a far-out bubble-topped show car built in 1964 and lost
shortly thereafter, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel during the Amelia Island
Concours. Boeckmann acquired the car shortly after its recovery from
Mexico, where it was serving as a makeshift dumpster in front of an
adult bookshop. He completely restored the car to its original condition
at Galpin Auto Sports (G.A.S.) with input from Roth experts and
employees that were part of the original build.
Always looking for the new, different and unexpected, Boeckmann comes up
with many innovative concepts and designs for Galpinized(r) (customized)
vehicles, as President of G.A.S. Many of these vehicles have earned
national attention, having appeared in publications such as AutoWeek,
DUB, Playboy, Automobile Magazine, Hot Rod, YRB, FHM, The Wall Street
Journal, The New York Times and the Robb Report.
Boeckmann has also customized vehicles for a wide array of celebrity
clientele and was approached by the producers of MTV's Pimp My Ride to
serve as Consulting Producer and vehicle designer for the
internationally acclaimed show. Boeckmann produced 33 episodes of Pimp
My Ride including an episode featuring the B-100 biodiesel powered 1965
Impala which produced 850 horse power and 1200 feet -pounds of torque.
Governor Schwarzenegger appeared on this episode with Boeckmann and the
G.A.S. team to celebrate Earth Day 2007.
Beau's accomplishments are numerous and his credits include such
acknowledgements as recipient of the Petersen Automotive Museum's first
Visionary award. He currently serves on Ford Motor Company's Product
Committee as a counsel on all upcoming Ford products well into the next
decade. In addition, he has been the featured speaker at both S.E.M.A.
and the Detroit Auto Show AutoWeek Design Forum.
"Beau is an essential addition to the seminar; he does an amazing job of
blending modern influences with classic designs, resulting in some very
unique creations," says Bill Warner, founder & co-chairman of the
The 2009 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will be held March 13-15 on
the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer
Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The honoree for 2009
is veteran racer and SPEED Channel commentator David Hobbs, and the cars
of coachbuilder Bohman & Schwartz will be featured. The show's
foundation has donated nearly $1.6 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 events featuring over 250 rare classics from
seldom-seen private collections nationwide. The show is scheduled for
March 13-15, 2009, at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach
adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. For more information,
visit www.ameliaconcours.org or contact at 904-636-0027.