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New ‘Best of the Best’ concours award announced

Winners of world-leading concours to compete at new event in 2016


Plans for a new ‘Best of the Best’ concours award have been announced by The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, car collector and one of the personalities behind The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering event.

The first Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award will take place at The Quail – in Carmel, California – next year, bringing together the Best of Show winners from six of the top concours events around the world to compete for the title of Most Exceptional Car in the World.

Automotive consultant Christian Philippsen and collector William ‘Chip’ Connor were on hand to confirm the plans at this year’s Quail event. The pair will be joined by car designers, historians, collectors and journalists in judging the new award next year.

Among the events to be considered will be The Quail, the Concours of Elegance, Amelia Island, Pebble Beach, and the Ferrari-only Cavallino Classic. Others will be added to the list in due course.

Sir Michael, who is chairman of the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels chain (which owns Quail Lodge), explained: ‘The first event will take place at Quail Lodge in 2016 and will probably continue here for a while – but it may go to other parts of the world, because we have ten hotels, and there’s space at all of them.’ Should the award have run this year, the cars competing would have been a 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale (The Quail), a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet (Pebble Beach), a 1954 Ferrari 250GT Europa Vignale (Cavallino Classic), a 1930 Cord L29 Speedster (Amelia Island) and a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Touring (Concours of Elegance).

The new award can be regarded as the spiritual successor to the much-missed Louis Vuitton Classics Award, which ran from 2006 to 2013 but ceased following the death of the fashion boutique’s chairman, Yves Carcelle.

Words: Joe Diamond // Image: Mark Dixon

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