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Cavallino Classic Best of Show Among Nominees

This is the second year that the Peninsula Hotel Group is hosting The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, chosen from eight top flight Concours from around the world.

One of the nominees is the Best of Show from the 2016 Cavallino Classic and it is Lee Herrington’s beautiful 400 Superfast II. This remarkable Ferrari was a Pininfarina show car that was used by Pininfarina to display and study new design ideas and details over a several year period. Many of these styling innovations were incorporated into the designs of other Ferraris, some of which became iconic Ferrari symbols. This 400 Superfast II is the worthy nominee based on its historical significance as well as its sheer beauty. Cavallino featured this Superfast II in #211.

The winner will be announced at the Best of the Best Awards Gala Dinner on August 15 and it will be on display at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18, at Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, California.

The 8 Best of Shows vying for the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award are:

- Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (USA)

- Cavallino Classic Concorso d’Eleganza (USA)

- Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille (France)

- Concours of Elegance (United Kingdom)

- Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (Italy)

- Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance (United Kingdom)

- Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (USA)

- The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (USA)

From these Best of Show winners, a Best of the Best will be chosen by the panel of internationally distinguished judges, including automotive designers, collectors and marque experts.

Steering Committee - William E. Connor II, The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen, Peter C. Borer, Gareth Roberts.

Founding members - William E. Connor II, The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen, together with The Peninsula Hotels and The Peninsula Signature Events.

The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, and parent company of The Peninsula Hotels, together with award co-founders Christian Philippsen, William E. “Chip” Connor and Bruce Meyer, created this award in the spirit of celebrating the best of what defines the automotive world for the year. "We are delighted to return to Monterey Car Week this year to celebrate the world’s most exceptional motor car with The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award,” said Sir Michael Kadoorie. “This has become the motoring world’s most prestigious award, which recognizes the masterful craftsmanship and finest attributes of the highest-ranking automobiles from within the concours circuit. Attention to detail, elegance, and tradition are all values that we hold dear at The Peninsula, so It is especially fitting for us to serve as the patron of this award.”

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