At the beginning of December 2017, thirty-nine classic car and current supercar models gathered at the foot of the world-famous 5-star Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai for the second Gulf Concours D’Elegance. More than two thousand invited guests could admire the rarities on the terrace and the meadows in front of the turquoise-blue ocean backdrop under the famous XXL hotel sail.
The nearly 321-meter-high luxury hotel houses 202 suites of 169 to 780 square meters. But even the 169-square-meter suite offers real luxury. On the ground floor there is a large living room, a dining table for four, a small bar counter and office area. A staircase leads to the upper floor in with the bedroom, a dressing room and the large bathroom with Jacuzzi. During the stay, each suite has its own butler.
The Dubai Gulf Concours D’Elegance is held under the patronage of the watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin and so the highly coveted “Best of Show” was also handed over by the watch manufacturer to the owner of the 1965 Lancia Flaminia Zagato Super Sport. The Lancia Flaminia Zagatp is one of the most successful models from Zagato and convinced the top-class jury with the consistent lines and the typical “Double Bubble” roofline. The coupe with an aluminum body was shown in 1958 at the Turin Motor Show and belongs today to the Dubai-based company Tomani Classics.
The international jury from the Emirates, USA and Europe, including His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, inspected all vehicles for their originality, history and, if necessary, their completed restoration. The award “Best of Show in the class modern special body” was received by the Singer Porsche 911 Fiona of 2015. Singer is a tuning company which has its head office in the USA and modifies 911 and 964 models under Porsche license with modern technology and body forms, which are very much ajar against the 70s 911 models. Each of the individual vehicles is unique.
The public prize among the historic cars on display went to the 1955 Land Rover Series 1. The Public Award in the category modern sportscars went to the 2011 Mercedes Benz SLR 722 Stirling Moss.
The meadows against the backdrop of the Burj Al Arab also provided the perfect backdrop for other classic automobiles, framed by two sculptures. The Dubai gallery owner Matar Bin Lahej, one of which is aptly named “Speed”, were still other automotive highlights that received a prize. The “Best European” award went to a 1950 Mercedes Benz 170S Cabriolet. The “Best Presented” prize was awarded to the Ferrari F40. The black Cord 812 of 1936 received the award of the best restored vehicle. The best US vehicle was awarded to the 1992 Vextor W8 Twin Turbo.
In the classes of modern sports and hypercars were many vehicles that were certainly equal – and so it was very difficult for the jury to make their final decisions. In the end, however, the winners were found. The price for the “Supercar Pin-Up” vehicle went to the McLaren P1 MSO, a very rare one off model. The “Burj Al Arab” Choice Award went to the current Ferrari California T, a tribute to the Ferrari 250 GTO and as the award “Best manufacturer vehicle” was presented to the Porsche 911 GTR3.
Of course, at the second edition of the Dubai Gulf Concours, local Emirati car manufacturers presented their latest vehicles. A highlight was the handing over of the key of the very first Jannarelly Design-1 to its owner, the automobile enthusiast Gaurav Dhar, who ordered the vehicle immediately at the announcement in 2015. The Jannarelly Desig-1 is inspired by the classic styling of the Ferrari Testa Rossa and the AC Shelby Cobra. Jannarelly, who is also responsible for the design of the Lycan and Fenyr Supersport, is very pleased that the first vehicle built in the Emirati was also sold to Dubai.
Keep your eyes open: If you spend a few days vacationing in Dubai over the winter, you might be able to see Gaurav Dhar cruising on Sheik Zayed Road with his newly received Jannarelly.
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