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O’Gara Coach

On Sunday morning, high-end car dealership O’Gara Coach Beverly Hills hosted its second Sunset Granturismo of 2019, bringing LA’s car community together to enjoy a morning of cars and coffee at Sunset Plaza. To kick-off the summer days with a twist, O’Gara hosted a “Hypercars Takeover Edition”, spotlighting the Pininfarina Battista, Rimac Concept Two and Koenigsegg Jesko hypercars alongside classics from the O’Gara Coach family including Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, Rolls-Royce and more.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Italian design house, Pininfarina, Sunset GT brought the 2020 Pininfarina Battista, the world’s first completely electric luxury hypercar with zero emissions. With a top speed of 250 MPH, it goes from zero to 62 in 1.9 seconds with 1900 HP. It has been recognized as the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and built in Italy.

Additionally, car lovers were given the opportunity to drink coffee and mingle while admiring the Rimac Concept Two, which is also an electric hypercar that goes from zero to 60 in 1.85 seconds and has 1900 HP with a top speed of 258 MPH. Among this lineup, guests also saw the Koenigsegg Jesko which runs on biofuel and has 1600 HP going at a top speed of 300 MPH.

Upon arrival, car enthusiasts were guided through a maze of 4 rows starting with 22 Aston Martin’s and a lineup of 30 Lamborghini’s in extravagant colorways including the Huracan Evo; moving into the hypercar section where the Koenigsegg Agera RS, Rimac, Jesko and Regera as well as the Pininfarina Battista were on display; down to 47 Ferrari’s, 6 Bentley’s including the new continental GTC and 8 Rolls Royce’s; through to 52 colorful and vintage Porsche’s, a rainbow of 31 McLaren’s including the Senna and GT4; and finally, a display of 400 hypercars across O’Gara Coach brands.

Sunset GT welcomed over 1000 spectators and a special appearance from musician Laura Wilde, hosted a live stream takeover on the Aston Martin Beverly Hills Instagram account.  

Mullin Automotive Museum Founder Introduces Mullin Estate Wines

The new venture has launched with three red varieties each produced in the Italian region of Umbria and inspired by a bespoke French vehicle from the Mullin Automotive Museum collection

Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin has today introduced his latest business venture, Mullin Estate Wines. The new company has launched with three red wines each inspired by a bespoke French automobile in the museum collection including the 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet, the 1937 Talbot-Lago Type 150-C-S “Teardrop” and the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic.

The year 2016 marked the very first high-quality production for Mullin Estate Wines. His Doglio vineyard is close to the medieval hilltop town of Todi in Umbria, known as the green heart of Italy. The ancient viticulture tradition here traces back to the Etruscans who began growing grapes thousands of years ago. Made by third-generation winemaker Paolo Trappolini, the wines are bottled, labeled and packaged in the local cantina for shipment predominantly to the USA and the United Kingdom.

“Mullin Estate Wines combines my two passions: the art of the automobile and the art of winegrowing,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin. “I’m thrilled to introduce these fine wines to the world so that car enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike can appreciate the inspiration behind each bottle.”

2016 Rosso Umbria IGT

The youngest and most versatile of the family, the “little” Rosso Umbria is inspired by the 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet—Mrs. Mullin’s personal choice. Best paired with simply-prepared red meat, pasta with ragout and roasted poultry, this red blend is full bodied with an intense flavor and smooth tannins.

2016 Syrah Umbria IGT

Like the 1937 Talbot-Lago Type 150-C-S “Teardrop,” the Syrah Umbria is elegant, serious and powerful. Delicious with braised red meat, steaks and seasonal cheeses, this wine has a round and silky flavor composition with equally round and rich tannins.

2016 Sangiovese Umbria IGT

Made with the best selection of grapes in limited quantities, Sangiovese is the leading indigenous grape of both Tuscany and Umbria. It is the crown jewel of the collection, much like its 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic counterpart. With deep, warm flavors of plum, spices, dark chocolate and tobacco, this wine has good minerality and a very long-lasting taste.

A white wine will be launched in the summer of 2019. For exclusive updates, please join the Mullin Estate Wines mailing list. For more information about Mullin Estate Wines, please visit www.MullinEstateWines.it.

GGBAILEY at the Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) also known as the Geneva Auto Show wrapped up Sunday March 17th, and RACEMARK (GGBAILEY’s parent company) was there showcasing its lines of OEM-quality car mats and accessories. Highlights from the show included the plug-in hybrid Jeep Renegade, the TESLA Model S3 Station Wagon and the Bugatti Baby. Many of the stunning concept cars feature custom-designed car mats by RACEMARK.

A few of our favorite cars from the show:

  • Automobili Pininfarina Battista

  • Aston Martin Vanquish Vision

  • Tesla Model 3S Station Wagon

  • McLaren 720S Spider

  • Bugatti La Voiture Noire

Automobili Pininfarina Battista

It’s the most powerful street-legal car ever designed and built in Italy, and it’s electric. Powered by its Rimac electric powertrain, the new hyper EV produces 1874bhp from four electric motors and will get you to 186mph from a standing start in under 12 seconds. No more than 150 will be made, and the price is expected to be around 2.3 million dollars. The Automobili Pininfarina’s Battista has a top speed that exceeds 217mph, making it one of the fastest cars on the planet. RACEMARK created the custom car mats specially for this incredible concept car.

Aston Martin Vanquish Vision

The Aston Martin Vanquish Vision concept car is Aston Martin’s first mid-engined production supercar. Powered by a newly developed turbocharged V-6 engine,  this lightweight concept supercar built on a bonded aluminum structure was designed to give Ferrari and McLaren some fierce competition.

Tesla Model 3S Station Wagon

In sharp contrast to the supercars at the Geneva Motor Show, was a dark green station wagon. This one of a kind model, designed by Niels van Roij Design, was a Tesla Model S converted into a station wagon. Niels van Roij Design designed the wagon as a hatchback keeping a minimal side window profile and giving the resulting car a sleek look. Although it doesn’t have the cargo room of a traditional station wagon, it easily makes up for it with plenty of style.

McLaren 720S Spider

Unusually light and aerodynamic, the MSO 720S Spider features a unique paint job along key aerodynamic surfaces such as the front splitter, hood air intakes and side panels. It boasts a top speed is 212mph with the roof up and can go from 0-62 in just 2.9 seconds thanks to its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8.

Bugatti La Voiture Noire

Bugatti’s new La Voiture Noire, costing a cool $12.5 million, pushes all the boundaries. Based on the Bugatti’s Chiron, ‘The Black Car’ demonstrates how the French hypercar company is shifting toward bespoke manufacturing to satisfy the world’s most powerful and imaginative car collectors.

O’GARA COACH

O’GARA COACH BRINGS RIMAC AUTOMOBILI TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The luxury dealership group is the first in the west to offer the new all-electric European hypercar brand to its discerning customers, beginning with the C_Two.

O’Gara Coach has announced that Rimac Automobili is the latest marque available through its Southern California locations, making it the first California dealer to offer this exclusive brand. Rimac is also the first all-electric hypercar manufacturer to join the luxury dealership group and is the 11th brand it currently offers.

In 2011, Rimac Automobili impressed the automotive world when it released the Concept_One and it is poised to do so again with its latest marvel of technology and engineering — the C_Two. The 2019 model will have a limited production run of just 150 examples, produces 1,914 horsepower, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds (one foot roll-out) and has a top speed of 258 mph.

Participants in O’Gara Coach’s Sunset GT Rally to Monterey Car Week will be treated to an exclusive preview of the new C_Two at a reception at the conclusion of the drive.  The C_Two will be on public display the following day at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

“Rimac is one of the most innovative and captivating hypercar manufactures in the world and we could not be happier to welcome them to the O’Gara family,” said Tom O’Gara, founder of O’Gara Coach. “There is a lot of interest in Rimac’s vehicles and there isn’t a better market for bespoke electric sports cars than Southern California.”

O’Gara Coach has become one the world’s premier dealerships by providing customers with an exceptional and individually tailored sales experience. Its dedication to hospitality now extends to the Rimac family as O’Gara will immediately begin taking orders for the C_Two.

About O’Gara Coach

O’Gara Coach, established in 1976, has served Southern California for more than 42 years. With locations in Beverly Hills, La Jolla and Westlake Village. O’Gara Coach is a factory-authorized dealer for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Rimac and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Through unparalleled performance, O’Gara Coach has become respected as one of the largest and most prestigious dealer groups in the entire world. http://www.ogaracoach.com

THE QUAIL × MONTEREY CAR WEEK

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Returns to World-Renowned Monterey Car Week on August 24, 2018

Photo courtesy of Rolex

The luxury-lifestyle event will host seven press conferences throughout the day from premier automotive manufacturers and sponsors including Polestar, Karma Automotive, Gunther Werks, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti and Hennessey Performance 

WHAT: More than 200 of the collector car world’s finest and rarest motorcars will decorate the rolling grasses of Quail Lodge & Golf Club, as The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering returns to Monterey Car Week on Friday, August 24.  Now in its 16th year, the luxury-lifestyle event will feature six international culinary pavilions, fine wines and a family-friendly atmosphere, along with an array of special classes including “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356,” “The Alois Ruf Reunion,” “The Great Lancias” and “50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada & Islero.”

This year’s event will also be highlighted by a program of unveils and debuts from revered international manufacturers throughout the day. The schedule is as follows:

 9:00 AM: Polestar

 9:30 AM: Karma Automotive

10:15 AM: Gunther Werks

10:30 AM: Lamborghini

10:45 AM: Rolls-Royce

11:20 AM: Bugatti

12:10 PM: Hennessey Performance

WHERE: Quail Lodge & Golf Club, 8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, California 93923

WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2018

8:00 am – 10:00 am (media preview hours)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

About The Peninsula Signature Events

The Peninsula Signature Events is organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris – future openings, Yangon and London. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. http://signatureevents.peninsula.com.

Mullin Automotive Museum’s Seven French Classics During Monterey Car Week

Photo credit by Michael Furman

The collection will be headlined by the 2018 “Best of the Best” winner, a 1936 Bugatti Atlantic 57SC, as well as other concours-worthy classics including a 1950 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Grand Prix, a 1963 Citroën DS19 Concorde and more

The Mullin Automotive Museum announced it will display seven French classics at various events during the world-renowned Monterey Car Week. Guests of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will have a chance to see prized classics including the 2018 Peninsula Classics Best of the Best-winning 1936 Bugatti Atlantic 57SC, a 1950 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Grand Prix, a 1963 Citroen DS19 Concorde and more from the museum’s prestigious collection.

Since the Mullin’s inception in 2010, its mission has been to show and exhibit its cars to educate the public about twentieth-century French automotive styling and design. Monterey Car Week provides the ultimate stage for these French classics.

“Each year, we select some of the best motorcars to bring to the Monterey Peninsula,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin. “Aligning with the museum’s mission statement, these classics should be enjoyed not only in an exhibit setting but also in shows around the world. We’re excited about this year’s showcase and hope passionate car enthusiasts in attendance will be equally ecstatic.”

The events and the automobiles to be featured are as follows:

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion— August 22-25, 2018

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will return to Laguna Seca Raceway and feature the world’s most historically significant competition cars, driven the way they were truly intended. Four cars from the Mullin will be featured at this year’s event and will be available for viewing both up close in the pits and roaring down the main straight.

Setting the pace will be a 1925 Bugatti 35C Grand Prix, which began as the first 35A to be imported to England. The car was later transformed into a 35C by former owner Dick Crosthwaite and marque expert Hugh Conway. In its original configuration, this car finished second at BARC Brooklands at a top lap speed of 103.22 mph driven by Christopher Staniland in 1926. The following year, it won the Brooklands Race and the Bugatti Cup, and subsequently was raced frequently in both Northern and Southern Ireland for several years with very successful results. Peter Mullin purchased the car in 1991 after Hamish Moffatt had completed its restoration in 1986.

A 1938 Talbot-Lago Type 26 SS Roadster will also make an appearance at the historic raceway. This Type 26 was originally designed by Figoni and Falaschi and alter updated by the Chappe Brothers. The car raced at Le Mans in 1939 before being put in storage for the duration of World War II.

Guests will also see another Mullin classic, the 1950 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Grand Prix, which helped developed the prestige of French racing and develop the reputation of international Formula racing worldwide. With its twin ignition and sleek tapered body, the car has top speeds of more than 166 miles per hour. Since acquiring the car 1992, Peter Mullin has driven it in vintage racing events all over the world.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering— August 24, 2018

The crown jewel of the Mullin collection, a 1936 Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC, will be displayed on the rolling grasses of Quail Lodge & Gold Club at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. This Atlantic represents the first of only three models ever produced. Marked by riveted flanges on a blue, all-aluminum body, this particular Bugatti is the only surviving “Aéro Coupé,” a designation given to the first two cars that were mechanically very similar to the aerolithe. Delivered new in 1936 to Britain’s Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, third Baron Rothschild, the car has had only a handful of owners in its 80-year history.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance— August 26, 2018

As the world’s foremost Concours event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature two Citroens from the Mullin collection. The first of which, the Henri Chapron-built 1965 DS19 Majesty, is one of only 27 models ever produced. Known for its higher and more angular roofline, the car was ordered by Rene Gaston-Dreyfus in 1964 with particular specifications including striking metallic paint and technologically advanced accessories. It will be a one-of-a-kind feature at the world-class event.

The second car to be showcased is the 1963 DS19 Concorde with its aerodynamic body and sophisticated hydropneumatic suspension. The classic also serves as an important example of elegant bodywork hand built by Chapron himself. One of 38 Concorde models ever made, the car was purchased by Peter Mullin in 2016 in Europe.

For more information about these cars and others in the Mullin Automotive Museum collection, please visit www.MullinAutomotiveMuseum.com

 

ROLEX × CAR WEEK

CALIFORNIA EMBRACES THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE

Rolex provides a preview of top upcoming events and activities taking place during the world-renowned Monterey Classic Car Week

Monterey Classic Car Week will be highlighted by four major events including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex Fast Facts: 

• Sunday, August 26, 2018 at The Lodge at Pebble Beach™

• Recognized as one of the world’s most respected concours, the event acknowledges outstanding original and restored historic automobiles

• Nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen will make his debut as an Honorary Judge at the Concours

◦ Tom Kristensen says: “I am looking forward to learning more about the incredible cars and understanding the stories that shape their history, as well as meeting the devoted collectors and the passionate spectators.” Tom Kristensen continues: “Rolex supports the most iconic races and the finest events around the world, always adding an element of prestige to the partnerships. It’s an honor to represent the brand.”

• In addition to several special displays, the 2018 event will present eight featured classes on the famed 18th fairway:

◦ Motor Cars of the Raj

◦ Rollston Coachwork

◦ OCSA

◦ Tucker

◦ Post-war Custom Citroën

◦ Vintage-Era Sporting Cars

◦ Eisenhower Dream Convertibles

◦ Indianapolis 500 Celebration

• Rolex partnered the Concours as the Official Timepiece in 1997

• As the celebrations draw to a close on Sunday afternoon, the Best of Show Award, widely considered as the most coveted prize among car collectors, is presented to the most exemplary automobile

• Preceding the Concours, the Pebble Beach Tour d’EleganceÒ Presented by Rolex is an 80-mile journey along picturesque roads through the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur Coast

• The Tour will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 and will trace portions of the iconic 17-Mile Drive

• Rolex became the presenting partner of Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance in 2007

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Fast Facts:

• August 23-26, 2018 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

• The largest racing event of Monterey Classic Car Week, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion relives motorsports history at the iconic 2.238-mile circuit, which has been a focal point of American sports car racing since its inception in 1957

• This year will present approximately 550 race cars, in 15 categories, driving at speed around the track – including the infamous “Corkscrew” – as they were originally intended

• The featured marque for 2018 is Nissan, and the event will highlight the brand’s illustrious racing history that dates to its Datsun heritage

• Historic Datsun and Nissan race cars, including those campaigned by Paul Newman, Peter Brock and Steve Millen will compete on track

• Other featured classes include 1967-84 Formula 1®, 1968-74 Formula 5000, 1966-74 Can-Am, Trans Am, FIA Manufacturer’s Championship contenders and more

• Rolex became the title sponsor of Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in 2010

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Fast Facts:

• Friday, August 24, 2018 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club

• Presented as the ultimate garden party, this event is highlighted by a host of epicurean delights including international culinary pavilions, award-winning wines and spirits, and the most magnificent pre- and post-war sports and racing vehicles

• In addition to the above, the event will feature three Fireside chats, two of which will be led by Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen and five times winner of the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA and friend of the brand, Scott Pruett

• This year marks three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart’s 50th anniversary as a Rolex Testimonee

◦ Sir Jackie Stewart says: “It is always a pleasure to return to Monterey, where the atmosphere and the genuine enthusiasm for motor cars is unparalleled, and this year it will be particularly poignant for me as I mark my 50th anniversary as a Rolex Testimonee. The event will give me the opportunity to reflect on my career in motorsport and the fantastic evolution of the car during this time. I can’t wait to see the style and elegance that will be on show.”

• Featured classes for 2018 include:

◦ 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada & Islero

◦ 70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356

◦ The Alois Ruf Reunion

◦ The Great Lancias

• The 2018 event will also mark the official unveiling of the new RUF CTR, the limited-edition Bugatti Divo and more

• Rolex has been the Official Timepiece of The QuailA Motorsports Gatheringsince 2005

• The winner of the “Rolex Best of Show” will be admitted into the Rolex Circle of Champions, guaranteeing the car’s continued legacy

ROLEX 

AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXPERTISE

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand  pioneered  the development  of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism  invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents  in the course  of its history. A truly integrated  and  independent  manufacturing  company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the  gold  alloys  to  the  machining,  crafting, assembly  and  finishing  of  the  movement,  case, dial  and bracelet. Through philanthropic programs and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance 

Celebrates 25 Years of Father’s Day Tradition 

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia (Photo by: Richard Truesdell)

June 17 show will present more than 100 of the rarest and most exotic cars ever built – including a special silver class to commemorate the show’s anniversary – lining the exclusive Beverly Hills avenue amongst the finest restaurants and luxury shops in the world. 

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance will return to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 17 to celebrate 25 years of the popular Father’s Day tradition. The event – which remains free for spectators – will welcome more than 30,000 guests to Beverly Hills, offering dads and their families a chance to peruse a prestigious selection of vehicles—all while catching glimpses of Hollywood elite in the presence of the posh restaurants and designer stores that inhabit the city’s most famous street.

Commemorating the show’s 25th anniversary, a special class of silver cars will include some of the most exceptional automobiles in motoring history, each painted silver. Early entries in this class include coachbuilt beauties like the exceptionally rare 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia from the Sydorick collection, supercars like the 1994 Bugatti EB110 SS from the Mullin Automotive Museum and celebrity owned vehicles like acclaimed director John Frankenheimer’s 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III from the Petersen Automotive Museum.

“This year’s event will feature an unprecedented lineup of classic, exotic, luxury and supercars,” said Bruce Meyer, Chairman of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. “As interest has grown over the last quarter-century, owners of world-class classic and sports cars have specifically chosen our Concours to display their prized vehicles. Our Father’s Day show will reflect the diverse interests of the thousands of families in attendance, displaying only the best from each class.”

From its beginnings at Beverly Hills High School to its emergence as a must-attend Father’s Day tradition, the Rodeo Drive Concours has become one of the most eagerly awaited annual events in Los Angeles. Considered a family tradition for many Angelinos, the show offers a unique experience for car lovers and their families that simply want to enjoy a Summer day on one of the most iconic streets in the world.

“The Rodeo Drive Concours is a tradition that brings us all together to spend time with our loved ones, meet celebrities of the automotive world, and of course, admire the most amazing cars, right here in Beverly Hills,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold. “I am delighted to be part of the 25th anniversary of the Concours, and I am honored to share it not only with my neighbors, but with the rest of Los Angeles and car lovers from around the world.”

Registration for show vehicles is open now, click here to apply. Visitors will have an opportunity to view and photograph rare and exotic vehicles, shop luxury boutiques and enjoy fine cuisine while experiencing the Concours with the whole family. The event will also host the Beverly Hills Police Foundation, a non-profit charity raising funds for officers and their families. Parking for the event is available at local parking garages and entry to the event is free.

About Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive is internationally recognized as the intersection of fashion and entertainment, an exceptional destination for both Southern California residents and visitors from around the globe. More than 100 distinguished retailers help create an unparalleled atmosphere only found on the three blocks of this famed drive. In addition to the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, Rodeo Drive also hosts distinguished events throughout the year, including Runway to Rodeo, Celebrating Over 50 Years of Luxury®, the Beverly Hills Holiday Lighting Ceremony® and many more! For more information about Rodeo Drive, please visit www.rodeodrive-bh.com.

1994 Bugatti EB 110 (Photo by: Michael Furman

More than 30,000 enthusiasts are expected to attend the 2018 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance (Photo by: Ted7 Photography)

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 25th anniversary.

1936 BUGATTI × BEST OF THE BEST AWARD

1936 BUGATTI TYPE 57SC COUPÉ ATLANTIC

WINS THIRD ANNUAL THE PENINSULA CLASSICS BEST OF THE BEST AWARD

A rare and beautiful 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was named the winner of the prestigious The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award  today at The Peninsula Paris hotel.

Now in its third year, The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award brought together eight of the world’s finest classic cars—the best of show winners from the top international concours—to compete for the title of the most exceptional motor car in the world. The Bugatti is co-owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum, and Rob and Melani Walton, located in California, USA, and was named “Best of Show Concours d’Etat” at the 2017 Chantilly Arts & Elegance.

Speaking of the award’s legacy, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited and co-founder of the award said, “My great hope is that we not only succeed in thrilling long-term car enthusiasts, but that this award will also ignite a new-found passion for those just discovering the world of motoring.”

Powered by a supercharged engine and considered by many to be the first supercar ever made, the winning Bugatti is one of four Type 57 Atlantic models ever produced, with only three in the world remaining. The vehicle was designed at the height of the art deco movement by Jean Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s son. Jean based the car on his other design, the 1935 Aérolithe concept car, which was famously riveted externally, for fear of the magnesium-alloy body parts catching fire. Jean kept this signature riveted seam on the all-aluminium body of the Atlantic.

“The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is the crown jewel of the automotive circuit,” said Bugatti Head of Tradition Julius Kruta. “This car was Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece with its beautiful and breath-taking lines, plus its unmatched performance for the time. Today, it remains the ultimate expression of the Bugatti legacy: unparalleled power and beautiful design.”

This model, chassis number 57374, was the first Type 57 Atlantic produced and is the only surviving “Aéro Coupé,” a designation given to the first two cars that were mechanically very similar to the Aérolithe. The car was delivered new in 1936 to Britain’s Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, third Baron Rothschild, and has since passed through few owners in its 82-year history. The car has been displayed internationally, and most recently, was on display at the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum for the “Art of Bugatti” exhibit.

“The Atlantic represents the pinnacle of everything I adore about French automotive styling and is widely described as the Mona Lisa of the automobile collector world,” said Peter Mullin, Founder and CEO of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “From its signature curves to its aviation-inspired rivets, to the Jean Bugatti designed sleek all-aluminium body, the car is truly a remarkable piece of art. I’m very honoured to have shared it with the world amongst other worthy ‘Best of the Best’ contenders.”

“I second Peter’s thoughts – the other seven nominees were simply stunning, which makes winning the award feel even more special,” said Rob Walton, co-owner of the winning car. “What this award does is allow us to take a step back and admire the quality and beauty of the greatest classic cars in existence today. For an automotive fan like myself, it’s a joy.”

The founders of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award are each known as some of the world’s foremost motoring experts, and were brought together by their shared passion for fine motor vehicles, impeccable restorations, as well as the preservation of tradition and heritage.

The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, together with award co-founders Christian Philippsen, William E. “Chip” Connor and Bruce Meyer, created the award that debuted in 2016. The gentleman each cite a passion for automotive excellence as the inspiration behind the creation of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.

According to Bruce Meyer, “For the third year, the ultimate standard for judging The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award was that of uncompromised quality and design. Of course, this made the selection process most challenging for the esteemed group of panellists.” He continued: “In the end, the 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Coupé Atlantic emerged victorious, with its exceptional, bespoke design making it a marvellous combination of art and technology.”

Previously presented during Monterey Car Week, the award moved to Paris this year to be presented during the world-famous Rétromobile event. The Bugatti was presented at an exclusive reveal party in The Peninsula Paris’ subterranean garage, following a private dinner.

The winning vehicle was selected after being reviewed by 24 automotive experts, designers and notable celebrities within the motoring world. Learn more about each judge, in addition to the seven other nominees by clicking here.

The Peninsula Hotels, owned and operated by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, is proud to sponsor The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, a natural extension of the group’s passion and appreciation for luxury, travel and the motoring lifestyle. With 10 hotels in global gateway cities throughout Asia, USA and Europe, The Peninsula Hotels celebrate glamour in travel, and aims to showcase the ultimate in sophistication, innovation and design. Known for its timelessly elegant hotels, discreet integration of technology and functionality, and extensive fleet of luxury transport, the group aims to bring its heritage and expertise to celebrate the very best in the world of motoring.

For more information, please visit http://peninsula.com/bestofthebest.