Best of the Best Award Nominees Announced


The Peninsula Hotels have announced the eight exceptional vehicles that will be eligible to receive the second annual The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, the international motoring world’s top accolade for most exceptional classic car.

The selected nominees represent the “Best of Show” winners from eight of the top Concours events around the globe. The ultimate winner of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award will be announced at a private dinner on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, during the prestigious Monterey Car Week.

“We are delighted to return to Monterey Car Week this year to celebrate the world’s most exceptional motor car with The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award,” said The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, co-founder of the award and Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels. “This has become the motoring world’s most prestigious award, which recognizes the masterful craftsmanship and finest attributes of the highest-ranking automobiles from within the Concours circuit. Attention to detail, elegance, and tradition are all values that we hold dear at The Peninsula, so it is especially fitting for us to serve as the patron of this award.”

The finalists chosen to be under consideration for the Award as the most elite driving machines are as follows:

  • 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Berlineta Cúpula - Amelia Island Concours de Sport

  • 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Superfast II by Pininfarina - The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup, Cavallino Classic

  • 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta by Touring Superleggera - Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille

  • 1938 Dubonnet Xenia Coupé by Saoutchik - Concours of Elegance UK

  • 1954 Masarati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina - Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

  • 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Coupé by Bertone - Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance

  • 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Tipo Bocca by Pinin Farina - Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

  • 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spyder by Pinin Farina - The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Sir Michael Kadoorie co-founded the award with renowned classic car aficionados Christian Philippsen, William E. “Chip” Connor and Bruce Meyer to celebrate the best of what defines the automotive world. Each founder shares a common passion and appreciation of fine motor cars, the preservation of their heritage and immaculate restoration projects.

The Best of Show winners under consideration will be reviewed by 24 preeminent motorcar experts, designers and notable celebrities in the motoring world. Following Tuesday’s announcement, the winning vehicle will be recognized on stage at the 15th annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on August 18, 2017.

About The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award

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 Christian Philippsen, William E. “Chip” Connor and Bruce Meyer. The award, sponsored by The Peninsula Hotels, brings together eight of the concours circuits’ elite best of show winners from around the globe. http://signatureevents.peninsula.com.

Images from Peter Singhof and Michael Gregg.

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