Shang­hai Su­per Clas­sic, a vin­tage car lovers’ treat

Shanghai Daily - - ART - Xu Wei

AU­TO­MO­BILE lovers in the city have a rare op­por­tu­nity to see over 30 vin­tage cars from all over the world at the 2019 Shang­hai Su­per Clas­sic, held from May 15 to June 16, at the North Bund’s Shang­hai Port In­ter­na­tional Cruise Ter­mi­nal.

It is the first ever in­ter­na­tional au­to­mo­bile cul­ture and art ex­hi­bi­tion in Asia. The ex­hib­ited cars, val­ued at more than US$30 mil­lion in to­tal, of­fer a ret­ro­spec­tive re­view on the de­vel­op­ment of the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try. Vis­i­tors will dis­cover how the shape and func­tions of cars have evolved over time and the fash­ion, tech­nol­ogy and lifestyle in­flu­ences on the mo­tor in­dus­try.

An ar­ray of au­to­mo­biles will be put on dis­play, from 100-year-old an­tiques, pre-war and post-war clas­sics, New China pe­riod cars to lim­ited editions and For­mula One rac­ers, as well as con­tem­po­rary clas­sic mod­els, and cut­ting-edge con­cept cars rep­re­sent­ing a tan­ta­liz­ing glimpse of the fu­ture.

Among the cars fea­tured are the lux­ury Cadil­lac Fleet­wood in the 1955 Elvis Pres­ley col­lec­tion, the As­ton Martin DB5, which ap­peared in sev­eral James Bond movies, the clas­sic mod­ern su­per­sports LaFer­rari, the Lin­coln Model K Sport, as well as the award-win­ning Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Ghost, Mercedes-Benz 380K and the home­grown Hongqi CA72, the “Os­car” of the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try — Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance.

All the ex­hib­ited cars are pro­vided by au­to­mo­tive mu­se­ums and pri­vate col­lec­tions from around the world.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the event said that au­to­mo­bile cul­ture’s long his­tory first orig­i­nated in Europe and the United States. Even to­day, the world­fa­mous Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance is a sa­cred place for car wor­ship­pers the world over, while Bri­tain’s Good­wood Re­vival is a cel­e­brated car­ni­val of cars at­tended by young and old in pe­riod cos­tumes. But with the SSC Gala, Shang­hai will take its place among those revered au­to­mo­tive events.

The theme of the in­au­gu­ral SSC is Shang­hai El­e­gance & Clas­sic Legacy. In ad­di­tion to the dis­play of au­to­mo­biles, live cul­tural per­for­mances, par­ties and fo­rums with dif­fer­ent weekly themes will also be hosted.

Cel­e­brated artist Li Zili, a re­cip­i­ent of the UNESCO Life­long Achieve­ment Award for Art, also cre­ated a paint­ing “Magic Cap­i­tal Vera” for the event. The paint­ing will be auc­tioned off, with the pro­ceeds go­ing to help autis­tic chil­dren.

Date: May 15-June 16

Tick­ets: 128 yuan

Tel: 6181-9900

Venue: Shang­hai Port In­ter­na­tional Cruise Ter­mi­nal Ad­dress: 500 Dong­daming Rd

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