The first Gulf Concours
The first ever Invitation only 2016 Gulf Concours d’Elegance event displaying prestigious Classic Cars & Modern Bespoke machines of Affections
In an invitation-only event where the total number was limited to only 2000 privileged guests, roaming over the lawns of at the iconic 7-star luxury Burj Al Arab Terrace among 50 selected collection of highly sought after, exclusive and rare cars, feels a like heaven for any art collector and motoring fan.
I can’t give a ballpark figure, however, the worth of only 3 Ferraris was hovering around hundred million mark, the sky is the limit then. this 2016 Gulf Concours marks the beginning of the first-ever Concours d’Elegance in the United Arab Emirates. Apart from the rare classics the display also covered the modern day or perhaps the present day bespoke machines and some direct from the manufacturers attracting the high net worth individuals.
Concours d’Elegance can be simply translated as ‘Competition of Elegance’, this type of car show dates back to 17th century France when horse-drawn carriages were paraded and displayed in parks around Paris during summer. In our present times, the Gulf Concours intent to deliver the same as it will be an annual event to captivate the connoisseurs and collectors of the finest automobiles. The Gulf Concours will become a part of the bigger picture that Dubai assiduously gearing towards the ambitious expo 2020 program. The Gulf Concours will celebrate three important values for car owners and car buyers: excellence, heritage, and originality.
Officiated by none other than by Prince Michael of Kent, the display of 50 cars attracted a diverse collection of enthusiasts as the Gulf Concours rewrote the rule book for a Concours d’Elegance by widening its appeal to include a hand-picked selection of exotic new cars.
From Porsche 316A Zagato to pristine Chevrolet Corvette convertible and the daddy of the muscle car the AC Shelby Cobra. A hard to miss 1930 Bentley 4½ Litre Super Charged. 1966 McLaren 7 Litre M1B Can-Am. 1913 Clement Bayard and then with a superfluous body 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster. The Aston Hill Classic also brought a pristine Aston Martin DB6 MKII reincarnated with modern tech, is a delight to watch.
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.Bentley, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and more 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.
Here is the result of the crowning glory ceremony.
- 2016 Bentley GT3-R won the “Best Bespoke Limited Edition” award
- 1970 Citroen DS21 IE won “Best Classic Design” award
- 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Competition Speciale won “Best Classic” award
1958 Mercedes Benz 220S Ponton
Like a privileged being wandering on the lawns of the world’s most luxurious hotel’s new Terrace and surrounding gardens the inaugural Gulf Concours, the Emirates’ first Concours d’Elegance held at the 7-star Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, I took some photos presented here either in the format of Instagram (samisiddiqui1) or the normally attached images. I also made a video of the event. This is my first attempt and so I am not talking in the film as there was no need to spoil the show. The film was shot in a manner of ‘long-shots’ as if someone is taking walk beside the parked beauties and keenly observing the details with interest in the museum. It’s unlike flashing snippets shots with a short attention span.
Check out the exclusive video below
Gilles Villeneuve’s 1982 F1 Ferrari
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