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I’m in love with all things Italian automotive. My current ‘collection’ includes a 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, a 2006 Alfa Romeo Spider, a 1952 Fiat Topolino, a 1956 Fiat Belvedere, a 2008 Alfa Romeo 159 Sedan and a 1975 Ducati 860GT. And what would I give to own or even drive in one of these Italian masterpieces. I’d even give my left arm, but it would be pretty difficult to drive them without that appendage.
Here’s a story about the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and a suite of cars that will be judged to be the best in the world. A panel of over 20 of the world’s most astute judges are charged with the responsibility of deciding which of these cars are considered the best in the world.
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE PENINSULA CLASSIC’S BEST OF THE BEST AWARD
There are Concours and car shows held all year all around the world and they produce some extraordinary winners. The question is, which car among all of them is the best or, rather, the Best of the Best?
The answer to that question used to come in the form of the Luis Vuitton Classic Awards. Founded through the enthusiasm of automotive consultant and journalist Christian Philipsen, and with generous support from Louis Vuitton, the awards recognized the best winners in the best concours in the world, ending up each year with a single car, the best of the best. The award was given from 2005 to 2013.
But with the passing of Louis Vuitton chairman Yves Carcelle and the cancellation of the Parque Bagatelle Concours in Paris, presentation of that award ceased. Then, at last year’s The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering, an elite committee of car collectors and enthusiasts announced a new form of the award, The Peninsula Classic’s Best of the Best Award.
On Tuesday a panel of 23 big-name judges from the collector car and design worlds will sort through six Concours winners from the last year to pick a new winner. The panel includes heavy hitters from Lord March and Ralph Lauren to Gordon Murray and Jean Todt. It’s such an impressive list we’re going to reprint it right here in alphabetical order:
Anne Asensio, best known for her work as former executive design director at General Motors
Chris Bangle, best known for his work as chief of design for the BMW Group
Singh Manvendra Barwani, well-known auto enthusiast
Peter Brock, best known for his work on the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe and Corvette Sting Ray
Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar Cars
Miles Collier, who spearheaded the design behind the world-class Collier Collection
Luc Donckerwolke, designer for Hyundai’s Genesis premium brand
Fabio Filippini, design director of Pininfarina
Henry Ford III, the great-great grandson of Ford Motor founder Henry Ford
Charles Gordon-Lennox, Lord March, Founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and president of the British Automobile Racing Club
Ralph Lauren, global fashion tycoon
Jay Leno, who is currently launching the second season of “Jay Leno’s Garage” on NBC
Flavio Manzoni, automobile designer best known for his work at Ferrari, Lancia and Volkswagen
Nick Mason, former Pink Floyd drummer and classic-car enthusiast
François Melcion, director of Retromobile chez Comexposium
Gordon Murray, best known for his work as a designer of Formula One race cars and the McLaren F1 road car
Shiro Nakamura, the Japanese car designer currently serves as senior vice-president of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
Ken Okuyama, is widely known for his work with Pininfarina, where he designed and supervised projects such as the Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari P4/5
Adolfo Orsi Jr., well-known auto historian and grandson and son of Adolfo and Omer Orsi, owners of Maserati between 1937 and 1967
Frank Stephenson, McLaren’s Automotive Design director
Jean Todt, after a career as a rally co-driver, he worked in motorsport management, first with Peugeot Talbot Sport, then with Scuderia Ferrari, before being appointed chief executive officer of Ferrari before assuming his current role as president of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile
Gorden Wagener, chief designer of Mercedes-Benz
Edward T. Welburn, vice president of global design at General Motors
If you can come up with a better panel than that, well … OK, you can’t come up with a better panel.
Well-known car collector Jim Patterson’s 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 won Best of Show at Pebble this year, and things seem to be back to normal in the collector-car world.At least for another …
On Friday, July 29, the six contenders for the award and the car gatherings they won were announced, encompassing concours from the United States and Europe. The nominees (and the events they won) are:
1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex: Royal Concours of Elegance One of only four in existence today, having been preceded by the Mercedes 35hp, which had once been the fastest production car in the world. It remains Mercedes’ top-of-the-range model, having also been named Best in Show at the Royal Concours of Elegance.
1932 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Sport Cabriolet: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best in Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015, this magnificent car has had only four owners from new, and it lived quietly in Switzerland and France its entire life until coming to North America in 2014.
1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Before taking home Best of Show at the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, this hot rod was heralded as defining the mid-century American aesthetic in the automotive industry.
1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS “Goutte d’Eau”: Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe This masterful coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi has won prizes at every major concours in pre-war Europe and is famed for having both redefined automotive style and having won top-level races. The “Teardrop” became trend-setting and motivated many other French manufacturers to consider a similar streamlined design.
1965 Ferrari 166 P / 206 SP Dino 0834: Cavallino Classic Having most recently won the coveted Scuderia Ferrari Cup for Best of Show at the Cavallino Classic, this one-of-a-kind Dino was first entered by Scuderia Ferrari in 1965 and raced by Giancarlo Baghetti and later by Ludovico Scarfiotti to many wins over its long history.
1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering This model was derived from the Alfa Romeo 33/2 racing cars with the goal of creating a sports car staying as true to its racing heritage as possible. The Stradale is fitted with a 2-liter DOHC V8 producing 230 BHP, while the chassis was extended 10 centimeters for additional driver comfort compared to the 33/2. Since its restoration in 2004, this Tipo 33 Stradale has won four top honors, including Best in Show at the 2015, The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering.
The winner will be announced at a private dinner on Aug. 16 and will be celebrated at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 19. We’ll let you know who claims the tippy-top prize during Monterey car week.
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