The world’s most luxurious hotel Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has long been synonymous with supercars and even boasts its own fleet of chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. It’s a fitting place for the Gulf’s first Concours d’Elégance which takes place this November. Claire Hill reveals more as the world’s most exotic cars roll into town.
Concours d’Elégance hails from the 17th-century French aristocracy when horse drawn carriages were paraded around Parisian parks in a ‘competition of elegance.’ Fast-forward to the 21st century and it now refers to the gathering of prestigious cars and presents the perfect chance for exotic car lovers to mingle with like-minded enthusiasts.
Excellence, heritage and originality are the three pillars which form the ideals of the Gulf Concours as defined by the organisers who have successfully organised elegant Concours all over the world. Earlier this year, a Concours d’Elégance was held in the private quadrangle of England’s Windsor Castle. Dubai is regarded as a perfect place for this new twist on the traditional Concours and it reflects the Gulf’s passion for rare, exclusive and near priceless cars.
Set in the lush grounds of North Deck on the Burj Al Arab Terrace, around 50 cars will make up this multi-million dollar collection on 17-18 November. The event kicks off with “Breakfast with the Cars” for guests attending the two days of judging which will be followed by a garden party, afternoon tea and an evening party. Classic vintage cars will feature alongside modern day bespoke luxury supercars – the impressive roll-call includes McLaren, Bentley, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce. Renowned UK Ferrari specialist, Talacrest and the Al Yemni Group of KSA have joined forces to cater for the region’s Ferrari Classic car enthusiasts.
Collectors and connoisseurs will also be able to catch a glimpse of a Ferrari 250 GT Competition Berlinetta Sport Speciale. Legend has it the car was commissioned for Hollywood star Ingrid Bergmann and husband Roberto Rossellini, however Bergmann, never took delivery of the car. This Chassis 0403 received unique special coachwork by Italian car designer Pinin Farina. As a rare, 1950s coach-built competition aluminium bodied Ferrari, it would be welcomed to any Concours event in the world. The first documented owner kept it in Modena, Italy, but by the 1960s it had crossed the Atlantic to the US where it remained. On seeing the car at the Pebble Beach Concours in California recently, Italian automobile designer, Sergio Pininfarina said it was one of his favourite designs.
The Gulf Concours is set to become one of the world’s most noted Concours d’ elegance events and will be a part of Dubai 2020 by attracting the wealthiest enthusiasts from within the region and around the globe.
Admission to display and view is by invitation only. For more information, please visit: http://gulfconcours.ae/