This news headline caught my eye:
“The Peninsula Hotels today announced that Graff Diamonds will join the second annual The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award as an official event sponsor.”
It immediately bodes the question: What is “The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award”?
“Curiosity is the lust of the mind.” – Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679)
The 2nd Annual Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award
The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie is Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels. Sir Michael Kadoorie co-founded the award with classic car aficionados Christian Philippsen, William E. “Chip” Connor and Bruce Meyer to celebrate the best of what defines the automotive world.
One of eight exceptional vehicles were finalists in the 2nd Annual Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award for most exceptional classic car. The selected nominees, ranging from early production to 1970s Italian sports cars, represent “Best of Show” winners from eight of the top concours events around the world.
1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Tipo Bocca by Pinin Farina: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winner
Lancia’s perfectionist approach to engineering.
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta by Touring: Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille winner
The first of only five known Berlinettas.
1938 Dubonnet Xenia Coupé by Saoutchik: Concours of Elegance UK winner
Ex-World War I pilot Dubonnet patented suspension design and powered by a Hispano Suiza engine.
1952 Pegaso Z-102 Berlineta Cúpula: Amelia Island Concours de Sport winner
Only Cúpula ever built with bubble rear canopy, side exhausts and partially skirted fenders.
1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider by Pinin Farina: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering winner
Only preserved/unrestored example of the racing Ferrari 375 MM PF Spider existing of the twelve produced with “coke bottle” body.
1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este winner
Only one of four ordered still retaining its original chassis and body.
1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Superfast II by Pinin Farina: The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup, Cavallino Classic
Aerodynamic Superfast II was inspired by an aircraft wing.
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Coupé by Bertone: Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance winner
Forerunner of modern supercars, the SV (Super Veloce, or ‘very fast’) stunned the world.
RESULTS: The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best 2017
The ultimate winner of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award announced during Monterey Car Week is the 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina, owned by the Monaco-based Destriero Collection.
This was the Best of the Best so choosing a winner from eight established winners must have been tough.
It looks like the Rosso Corsa colour swung the result…..
Now, all you need is $4,000,000 to get one.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).