Mumbai goes back in time with Cartier Concours D'Elegance 2013
Two exciting new automotive categories, Edwardian Class (oldest preserved automotives in India, unique category to Cartier Concours) and the Shikar Class (automobiles used for royal hunts) were introduced, in addition to the pre-established categories, Pre-War, Post-War, Indian Heritage, Preservation and Roadster classes.
An exciting new addition of this year was the introduction of motorcycles. For the first time since its inception in 2008, Cartier ‘Travel With Style’ exhibited 32 exceptional vintage motorcycles from across India which competed in the three all time favorite classes, Pre War, Post War and Racing.
In a prestigious event like this, the judges are pretty much the prime movers with some of the most important decisions resting on their strong shoulders and as a result one would have nothing but the best of the best when it came to forming the judging panel. And the best of the best they were, with the panel including, chief judge HRH Prince Michael of Kent; Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sandra Button, Fiat Scion and ever-dapper Lapo Elkann, President of Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Jean Todt, one of the greatest F1 driver Sir Stirling Moss, Motorcycle Grand Prix legend Giacomo Agostini who holds 15 World Championship titles, 7 time GP Motorcycle Champion Phil Read, award winning F1 designer Prof. Gordon Murray and leading industrialist Sir Anthony Bamford among other notable personalities.
The 2008 and 2011 editions of Cartier Concours d’Elegance were a big moment in the history of Indian motoring, gaining widespread recognition both in India and internationally. It was a true eye opener to the nation’s rich heritage and now this association has taken a step further in 2013. With the Cartier Concours now ranked right up there with the best it is only going to get better.
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