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GRAND BASEL

Global debut of the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces

 

Grand Basel is the ultimate global show for automotive masterpieces, with the vision of ‘Celebrating Excellence in Motion’. The show is not just an exhibition, but a platform for automotive culture: a forum, a market place and a space for discussion. Its debut show in Basel marks the beginning of a global tour.

 

The show focuses on collectors’ pieces from the past and present, as well as on new cars of exceptional value and impeccable quality. The exhibition brings together a limited number of carefully-selected, top-of-the-range automobiles – not just the most dignified and luxurious classic cars, but also one-off contemporary editions and technically-advanced concept cars.

What makes Grand Basel unique is that these automotive masterpieces have been carefully selected with special consideration for each car’s cultural meaning, conceptual innovation, condition, provenance, rarity and value.

Grand Basel is also the world’s first and only show to present the automobile in contexts of art, design, architecture and lifestyle; bringing together significant automobiles in an unrivalled, pioneering setting. The show is a completely new approach to exhibiting, discussing and honoring the car.

A global show for a diverse audience

“Grand Basel presents international connoisseurs, experts and collectors with the epitome of automotive culture,” explained Global Director, Mark Backé. “It will appeal to a broad enthusiast audience interested in automobile aesthetics, technological sophistication, art and culture.”

As well as showcasing exclusive and rare cars of the highest calibre, Grand Basel presents cultural highlights and – at the inaugural show – even a world premiere.

While visiting the show, guests will also be able to appreciate the tension between architecture, design, art and the automobile in a range of special exhibitions. Several of these areas have been specially curated by members of the advisory board – a unique set of cultural connoisseurs who have helped to shape the direction of the inaugural Grand Basel.

With their input and support, Grand Basel is a truly open and connected show, relevant to the contemporary and the classic, the analogue and the digital.

Grand Basel in Basel

One of the special features at the first show in Basel will be six curated frames that display individual cars and associated objects, each chosen by a member of the advisory board. While the rest of the exhibits will represent a ‘hive mind’ of consideration, these six frames will showcase very personal interpretations of automotive culture.

The advisory board includes: contemporary artist, Sylvie Fleury; renowned creative entrepreneur and founder of Garage Italia, Lapo Elkann; founder of the Goodbrands Institute for Automotive Culture and chairman of Grand Basel’s advisory board, Prof. Paolo Tumminelli; cultural commentator and author, Stephen Bayley; design theoretician, Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff; and world-renowned ‘car designer of the century’ Giorgetto Giugiaro.

“It is no coincidence that for Grand Basel’s debut show in Basel, we have an advisory board made up of leading European voices on the automobile, art and architecture,” explained Mark Backé. “Each Grand Basel will be uniquely relevant to the region where it is taking place, and so for our future shows in the North America and Asia, you may see different perspectives and personalities shaping the presentation.”

The show’s exhibits are carefully selected to just 113 cars, spread over a total show space of 32,000 square metres. A separate ‘Collectors Lounge’ displays a selection of 8 vehicles, set over 7,000 square metres. Exceptional cars have travelled to the show from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the UK, Italy and the USA, and are being exhibited not just by dealers, but by private collectors, museums, manufacturers and coachbuilders.

Exhibition inspired by architecture

Grand Basel’s show style is a bold deviation from the often-nostalgic ambience of established car events. It has a striking, homogenous design, inspired by contemporary architecture. This chosen structure allows exhibits to be presented and admired in a surrounding reminiscent of modern museums, with exceptional automobiles shown in ‘frames’, honouring these cars as the masterpieces they are.

Grand Basel’s world tour

The format of Grand Basel was conceived so that presentation of the show in various locations around the world is part of the agenda. The automobile influences – and is influenced by – society and culture in every part of the globe, and so the discussions at Grand Basel will always have relevance.

The inaugural Grand Basel show in Basel takes place from 6 to 9 September 2018. It is the prelude to a global tour, with a future show in Miami Beach already in development. Every show will have a distinct identity, with the Grand Basel team setting regional and national priorities, and continually reviewing and refining their intercultural aspirations.

 

About Grand Basel

Grand Basel is the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces. Showcasing a top-of-the-range selection of cars from the past, present and future, Grand Basel is the first and only show to present the automobile in the cultural context of art, design, architecture and lifestyle.

Grand Basel addresses a discerning audience of collectors, restoration and conservation experts, dealers, manufacturers and connoisseurs, offering a global platform for exchange. The show is being organised by the MCH Group, a leading international live-marketing company headquartered in Basel, which is also responsible for Art Basel. Following its premiere in Basel in September 2018, further shows in other parts of the world are being planned.

www.grandbasel.com

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.