Brimming with elegance
WITH THE FIRST-EVER GULF CONCOURS HAVING JUST WRAPPED UP IN THE UAE, IT APPEARS THAT THE MIDDLE EAST IS FINDING MORE AND MORE TO LIKE ABOUT CLASSIC MACHINERY
only events often set in lush, private gardens of castles or on large estates.
With the commercial realities of modern times, however, the largest events such as the Concourso d’eleganza held at the Ville d’este estate on the banks of Lake Como in Italy and the Pebble Beach Concours in Monteray, California are open to the public, though for a premium price, as exclusivity is a cornerstone to the success of the Concours tradition.
While Ville d’este is the world’s longest continuously running Concours, having been held since 1929, and the Pebble Beach Golf Club introduced North America to the event in 1950, arguably the most prestigious to date is held in England at Windsor Castle with the permission of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012 before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 and last year at Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
This year it returned to Windsor Castle in September and was organised by the same committee that staged the first Concours of its kind in the UAE.
Over 2,000 invitation-only guests gardens.
Among the many shining lights from the likes of Bentley, Mclaren, Rolls-royce and Aston Martin was the world’s most expensive car, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, valued at more than $60 million and owned by Talacrest, the leading classic Ferrari specialist.
Judging was carried out over two days with the “Best Bespoke Limited Edition” and “Best Modern Bespoke” awards completed on Friday and the “Best Classic Design” and “Best Classic” cars also going under the microscope during Saturday’s ceremony.
During Saturday’s award ceremony, the best car in the “Best Classic Design” category was the 1970 Citroen DS21 IE, followed by the “Best Classic” winner, the 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Competition Speciale owned by Al Yemni Family.
That said, the event wasn’t entirely dedicated to classic cars, with the Gulf Concours paying homage to the fact that the Middle East is a region where new metal is very much appreciated. Effectively rewriting the rule book for a Concours