The second Cartier ‘Travel With Style’ Concours will showcase another extraordinary collection of India’s unique Classic Cars on Saturday 12th of March, 2011 at The New Delhi Jaipur Polo Club.
Cartier hosted the first ever international Concours D’ Elegance in India at the Royal Western India Turf Club Mumbai in 2008. Cartier ‘Travel with Style’ celebrates the remarkable design and craftsmanship which went into creating these most luxurious and distinctive of cars. A panel of hand-chosen international classic car cognoscenti from across the globe judged the cars in different classifications.
It was a historic moment in the history of Indian motoring that gained wide spread recognition for the beginning of the classic car movement in India – a true eye opener to the extent of the nation’s rich heritage. Owned by Indian royalty and private collectors, 64 of the most rare and historically significant automobiles were on display in public for the first time ever bringing alive the eccentricities and uniqueness of the Indian automobile industry.
During the time of the Raj, India’s opulent ruling families bought the finest cars in the world in unbelievable quantity and the greatest coach builders and designers were specially commissioned to produce lavish, distinctive and sometimes bizarre specifications to satisfy the whims, taste and eccentricities of their fabulously rich clients.
On 12th of March, New Delhi shall experience the mystical opulence and elevated elegance of the Indian Maharajas with a private view of the second ‘Travel with Style’ exhibition celebrating the automotive design and coach building of India’s belle époque. However, this year, to keep in vein with the mystique and excitement of a ‘true’ Concours, every car has to be in running order and will make one circuit at the event, guaranteeing a truly wondrous spectacle.
Set to rank alongside the other world-renowned Concours, such as the Cartier ‘Style Et Luxe’, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the ‘Concorsa D’Eleganza’ at the VillaD’Este and the ‘Pebble Beach Concours D’Elégance’ in California, the Cartier ‘Travel with Style’ Concours has put India on the International Classic Car Circuit.
This year 56 cars have been selected to compete in seven categories at the Cartier Concours in New Delhi, adding four new exciting classes to the previous event in Mumbai, 2008, including, of course, ‘The Best Car of the Show Award’. The four new categories are – the Indian Heritage Class, the Preservation Class, the Classics / Rolls-Royce Class and the Jaguar Class. The returning categories this year are – the Classics, the Post-War Classics and Roadsters.While the Preservation Class is an internationally known class, the three new classes have been specially created by the Cartier Concours Curator H.H. Rana Manvendra Singh of Barwani for this show. The bar of excellence has never been higher for an event that has already set the very highest of standards and fierce competition.