Car Concours goes digital for 2020
The Car Concours Digital is special because competitions of the Concours d’Elegance go are conducted exclusively online. In support of Unicef’s pandemic response, the event is being arranged to aid children worldwide impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. More than 180 magnificent vehicles are on sale and are available for viewing from the convenience of your house.
A broad variety of vehicles are on show, varying from an unrestored 130-year-old steam engine to the largest supercars of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Two of the vehicles to watch out for are Jaguar XKSS by Steve McQueen, BMW 507 by Elvis Presley, and Phantom V by Rolls-Royce originally belonging to Sheik Zayed of the UAE. There’s a bevy of F1 cars in Formula 1 For 70 Years, too.
Two of our favorite groups are the 70 ‘s Model Cars featuring a Lancia Stratos HF Zero; the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s poster cars featuring a Lamborghini Countach LP400; and the Banzai Category A Homologation party containing several famous vehicles such as the BMW E30 Cecotto, Lancia Delta Integrale, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and an Audi Quattro. In a nod to Sir Sterling Moss, there is a separate series and, for the first time, a range with scale models too.
There are a variety of cars competing in the contest with an Indian connection. The 1933 Minerva Model AL-Seven Passenger Landaulet de Ville by Carrosserie Van Den Plas belonging to Diljeet Titus is claimed to be one of two of its type in the country, and has already been proclaimed winner in the category “People’s Vote” in the category “Cars of the Art Deco Period.” The spectacular 1949 Bentley Mark VI Touring Saloon by Hooper by Yohan Poonawalla initially belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore. The car won Best in Display earlier this year at the 21 Gun Salute Car Concours d’Elegance conducted in New Delhi.
Sirdool Singh’s 1904 Napier L49, Semi-Limousine by H.J., is also the recipient of the ‘People’s Vote’ in Pre-War Supercars Category. Mulliner reportedly once belonged to Hyderabad’s Nizam.
The exhibitions are grouped into 17 different sections which are evaluated by several of the world’s most influential specialists such as Dr. Andrea Zagato, grandfather of coachbuilder maker Ugo Zagato; Peter Stevens, better known for engineering the McLaren F1, the 1988 Lotus Esprit, and the 2003 Subaru Impreza P1; Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd and auto collector; the twice world and Olympic champion road racer, Sir Mason.
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