The 10th edition of the Zoute Grand Prix in Knokke-Heist was a huge celebration for all car fans. Over 250,000 visitors have not missed the exclusive vintage and dream cars. Among them was this year also a lot of celebrities, u. a. Jacky Ickx, Thierry Boutsen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Dimitri Vegas and Anouk Matton, Jean Todt, Koen Wauters, Peter Goossens and many others. Here is an overview of the many highlights.
Winner of the Zoute Rally by Stow
On Friday and Saturday, 200 cars, which were first registered between 1920 and 1965, participated in the ZOUTE RALLY® by Stow. The rally, the highlight of the European classic car season, attracted more than 150,000 onlookers on Saturday. The rally participants included many VIPs. Winners of the anniversary edition were Ruben Maes and Bjorn Vanoverschelde in a Porsche 356c from 1965.
Auction record for Zoute Sale by Bonhams
The Zote Sale by Bonhams also confirmed its excellent reputation this year with record sales of 11,710,104 euros for Belgium. One of the eye-catchers was a Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose, built in 1965. The car went under the hammer for a record amount of 2,875,000 euros. An Invicta 4.5-liter S-Type ‘Low Chassis’ built in 1931 was scored for 890,281 euros. A Ferrari Enzo was auctioned for 1,506,500 euros. In addition, some other records fell like an Austin-Healey 100/4, Le Mans Spec ‘built in 1956 for 149,500 euros. A great success!
Top edition Zoute Concours d’Elegance by Degroof Petercam
The prestigious elegance competition at the Royal Zoute Golf Club celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Classic Car Festival on a grand scale. On the occasion of the 75th birthday of car legend Jacky Ickx, Porsche unveiled a unique Porsche 911 4S Belgian Legend Edition (limited to 75 units). In addition, there were five real rarities on Saturday and Sunday: a Bugatti Centodieci, a Bugatti Chiron Sport, a Dallara Stradale, a Pininfarina Battista and a De Tomaso P72.
Among the more than 100 participants of the competition, the international jury chose a 1936er Mercedes 540 K Cabriolet A (pre-war era) and a 1949 Ferrari 166 Barchetta Touring – Le Mans Winner (post-war time) to the Best of Show winners.
On the occasion of Bugatti’s 110th birthday, the category ‘110 Years Bugatti’ had been specially created this year. Won a Bugatti Type 57 C Coupé – Le Patron, built in 1938. Other eye catchers were in the category, Beach Cars’ to find in a Fiat 600 Jolly, built in 1958, the main prize grabbed. The price for the most legendary classic car went to a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing.
Howling engines in the Zoute GT Tour by EY
Fans of exclusive modern GT (under the age of 20) and celebrity participants got their money’s worth on Sunday at the ZOUTE GT TOUR® by EY. Over 200 cars showed off their best side during the 120-kilometer autumn trip and were heard by themselves. Cycling champion Remco Evenepoel was behind the wheel of a BMW M850i xDrive Coupé from 2019. Rob Van Loock and Jens Aerts won the ZOUTE GT TOUR® by EY in an Audi R8 Coupé from 2019.