Famed American racecar driver Sam Posey has been tapped as the honoree for the 18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida this coming March.

Many of the cars he raced with verve and much success during his competition career will be featured in the season opener “The Cars of Sam Posey.”

Posey, a cultured New Englander with a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, was not a typical racing driver.

His first race was in a Volkswagen-powered Formula Vee at Lime Rock near his home in Sharon, Connecticut, in the 1960s.

He quickly graduated to fire-breathing exotics like the Ferrari 512M and Bizzarrini P538 5300 GT at Le Mans, where he competed 10 times, finishing in the top 10 on half of those occasions.

The 200 mph 512M that he raced to a podium finish at Le Mans in 1971 will no doubt be the highlight of the event, but the BMW 3.0 CSL in which he won the 12 Hours of Sebring might be a close second.

We’d like to see one of today’s fey RISD grads try that…