Who will be King of the Castle at the 2016 Masterpieces & Style?
The ‘Competition of Elegance in the Park’ was held at the 11th Century castle for the first time last year, exclusively for invited classic car collectors and enthusiasts to celebrate all things automotive. For 2016, however, a small number of tickets will be made available to the public, granting you access to one of the most intimate events in the calendar.
Pomp and pageantry
The beauty pageant itself will comprise around 65 classics, carefully chosen for their ‘originality, style and majesty’. They will be split into 15 classes, ranging from ‘Famous Elegancy’, for the most elegant late-1920s machines, to ‘Meeting the Next Generation’, for sports car legends built between 1974 and 1988. The unenviable task of judging will be carried out by a select jury of international experts, including such famous names as racing legend Jochen Mass and renowned classic car connoisseur Adolfo Orsi. As the event’s official media partner, our very own J. Philip Rathgen will also be joining the panel, fresh from his judging endeavours at Villa d’Este last month. You’ll be able to choose your favourite, too, in the public-voted ‘Coupe Dyck’ award.
An impressive roll call
The organisers are keeping tight-lipped about the automotive delights that will grace the orangery peninsula later this month, though if last year’s event is anything to go by we needn’t worry. Highlights included a Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo Roadster Transformable, a Ferrari 250 Mille Miglia and a Lancia Stratos to name but a few. Having received the highest accolade available from the Féderation Internationale des Véhicules Ancien (FIVA), expect another stellar entry list.
More than just a celebration of automotive elegance, Masterpieces & Style allows like-minded enthusiasts to come together and talk about cars in an intimate and truly spectacular setting. We look forward to hopefully seeing some of you there.
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