Gentlemen, start your engines…
This week, we’re off to one of the world’s most opulent hotels to enjoy the third Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
Founded by The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, Christian Philippsen, William E Connor II, and Bruce Meyer, the award celebrates the best classic cars the world has to offer. Although we wouldn’t necessarily label ourselves petrol heads, we have a real passion and appreciation for luxury products, and this year’s shortlist has got us salivating; they’re all stunning motors.
The awards reception has made an unprecedented move to the Peninsula Paris this year, which fortunately means the beautiful hotel will be our home for this Wednesday and Thursday, as we attend one of the most prestigious automobile award ceremonies in the world.
Eight of the concours circuits’ elite best of show winners from around the world are in contention, with the winner announced during a private dinner function on Thursday 8th February – a dinner that we are thrilled to be invited to. It’ll certainly be an occassion for donning our finest garments; the beauty of the hotel deserves nothing less.
As the Peninsula Paris is the only 5-Star location to possess a subterranean garage, it’s there where the exclusive post-reveal after party will be held. The award ceremony, which takes place during Retromobile is a haven for many of the world’s leading car connoisseurs to admire the impressive final eight, and of course, being presented with the opportunity to embrace the stunning venue only adds to the whole experience.
Let’s have a look at the distinguished eight…
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider by Touring: Amelia Island Concours de Sport
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Cabriolet by Vignale, design by Giovanni Michelotti: The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup, Cavallino Classic:
1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Coupé Atlantic, design by Jean Bugatti: Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo by Bertone, design by Franco Scaglione: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
1933/35 Lancia Astura Aerodinamica Coupé by Castagna: Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace
1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet by Pinin Farina: Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance
1929 Mercedes-Benz S Roadster by Barker: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
1964 ATS 2500 GTS Coupé by Allemano, design by Franco Scaglione: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
These eight wonderful models will be judged by a 24-man strong panel, consisting of a number of influential figures within the automobile world, such as Ralph Lauren, Henry Ford III, Nick Mason and Gordon Murray.
It promises to be a spectacular couple of days in the French capital and we can hardly contain our excitement.
Best of luck to all the entrants.