With over 250,000 visitors, a bright autumn sun, many exclusive vintage cars and dream cars as well as numerous present celebrities such as Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, Nafissatou Thiam, Véronique De Kock, Tom Boonen, Koen Wauters, Roberto Martinez, Jef Neve … was The Zoute Grand Prix 2018 is an absolute top issue.
On Friday and Saturday, 200 cars, which were first registered between 1920 and 1965, participated in the Zoute Rally by Stow. Numerous celebrities such as Nafissatou Thiam, Véronique De Kock, Koen Wauters and Jef Neve were among the participants again this year. The rally, the highlight of the classic car season, attracted more than 150,000 spectators from all over Europe on Saturday. Didier Vynckier and Michaël Matthys came out victorious in a Porsche 356 Speedster (born 1957).
For the first time, the hip elegance competition took place on the grounds of the Royal Zoute Golf Club for two days. On Saturday and Sunday, more than 100 classic car rarities were on display, including the BMW 507 from Elvis Presley, a BMW M1 Procar and super-exclusive hypercars like the Italdesign ZeroUno and the Ferrari Sergio. The elegance competition celebrated 70 years of Porsche with a unique collection of top models (like the very first Porsche 356) and introduced new vehicle classes such as the ‘Jaguar icons C + C + E + F types’ (winner: 1956 – Jaguar D-type Long-Nose ) and ‘F1 icons’ (winner: 1984 – Renault RE 50-3). The best-of-show winner was an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring from 1948.
Fans of the exclusive modern GT (under the age of 20) and celebrity participants will surely get their money’s worth at the Zoute GT Tour by Ey. Cycling champion Tom Boonen started with a Porsche 991 GT2 RS and Mickael Karkousse of the Belgian pop band Goose with an Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus. National coach Roberto Martinez took the wheel of a BMW 8 Series Coupe.
The auction on Friday evening made for a total proceeds of € 8,259,239 for a huge success. Eye-catcher was the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mullin Park Ward Convertible van Muhammad Ali, which went under the hammer for € 131,250. The Land Rover Defender made by the Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone (The Chocolat Line) was auctioned for € 575. The proceeds go to Unsung Heroes, a non-profit Land Rover platform. However, the absolute front runner of the auction was the 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V ‘Vantage Sports Saloon. The car changed hands for € 1,212,250: a world record! Another record breaker was the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Pininfarina Coupe. Originally estimated at € 600,000 to € 800,000, this classic car was auctioned for an unprecedented amount of € 989,000.
Next year, the Zoute Grand Prix will be celebrating its 10th edition: from Thursday 10th to Sunday, 13th October 2019.