Cavallino Classic Winner a Peninsula Contender
The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award is among the top automotive awards in the world. In its milestone development of the international motoring world’s top accolade for most exceptional classic car, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, launched the award in 2015 with co-founders William E. Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen. The award, sponsored by The Peninsula Hotels, brings together eight of the concours circuits’ elite best of show winners from around the globe.
The fourth annual The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award will take place in Paris on February 7, 2019, with the winning car announced at an exclusive party held at the stunning The Peninsula Paris.
Eight stunning “Best of Show” winners from top Concours around the world have been revealed as nominees for the coveted The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award. The cars in contention for the 2018 award were then carefully reviewed by 26 respected international judges, all of whom are leaders in their fields of expertise.
The award, now in its fourth year, brings together the finest classic cars in the world to compete for the title of most exceptional car. “My fellow co-founders and I created this award because of our shared passion for motorcars; a passion which I believe lives in many of us from a young age,” said The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited. “This shared interest is what makes the award so special – it has the ability not only to unite friends through common interests, but also remind us of that first spark of excitement at the wonder of motorcars.”
The nominated vehicles are as follows:
1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible by Murphy, updated by Bohman - Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé by Zagato - Cavallino Classic
1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder by Scaglietti - Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S “Boat Tail” Roadster by Barker - Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace
1972 Monteverdi 375L High Speed by Fissore - Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta by Touring - Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C Spyder by Pinin Farina - The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering
1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster by Jean Bugatti - Salon Privé
It is a celebration of automotive excellence. The big reveal will once again take place at The Peninsula Paris, on February 7, 2019. Last year’s winning Bugatti emerged from behind the doors of a 10 x 6-foot purpose-built box, illuminated by a pulsing display of halogen lights. Those lucky enough to attend this year’s announcement will once again be treated to a climatic reveal and in-person viewing – the content of dreams for automotive aficionados.
The esteemed panel of Judges is made up of some of the most accomplished personages in the fields of automobile design, industrial design, entertainment, technology and luxury retail.
Our 2018 Best of Show is the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé by Zagato, owned by collector David Sydorick. One of only a few 250 GTs with the unique double-bubble Zagato roofline, it successfully competed in numerous rallies and hill climbs in 1956-57, before going through a succession of famous owners before ending up in the celebrated collection of Lorenzo Zambrano. In 1999, it came into the equally famed collection of David Sydorick, a Ferrari and Zagato collector and expert.