With just a few weeks to go, the AXA Sydney Harbour Concours d’Elegance, powered by Ferrari, is shaping up to be another amazing event of cars, sophistication, elegance and stylish activations all brought together under the phrase ‘haute automobilisme’.
To be held at the beautiful Victorian grounds of the amazing Swifts in Darling Point from 5–7 March, and with a Pommery Champagne party on the rooftop terrace of the luxury InterContinental Hotel Double Bay, along with a black-tie Gala Awards dinner at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in Australia, the Concours is an unmissable, exclusive social event.
With a fantastic array of motor cars, from a sublime and incredibly rare 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London to Edinburgh Continental, to a stupendously fast 1987 Porsche 959 capable of over 317 km/h, there’ll be something to capture the heart of everyone’s motoring desire on four or two wheels – and even on the water.
Other models on display include Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bristol, Citroën, Lagonda, Lancia, Lamborghini, Muntz, Singer, Cadillac, Jaguar, Renault, Lotus, Maserati, Bentley, Brabham and, last but not least, an incredible fleet of Ferraris.
Guests will indulge in fine Pommery Champagne and La Chappelle Gordonne – an exclusive rosé cuvée from Provence – in the stunning gardens, and witness the skills of official time partner A. Lange & Söhne’s German master watchmaker at work.
Inspiration can be sought in the art gallery, and the Ferrari Classiche studio while enjoying the AXA hydration stations. The exclusive event’s other official partners include Swissvax (hand-made high-performance car care from Switzerland); business world specialist The CEO Magazine; Santa Vittoria acqua minerale; and CEO Legacy Books, capturing your legacy for future generations.
While the prestigious event will also honour International Women’s Day, judging of the stylish automobiles will take place under the watchful eye of the Chief Honorary Judge from England, Andrew Bagley, Chairman of Salon Privé, which is now recognised as one of the top events in the world alongside Pebble Beach Concours and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Event patron, Le Mans winner David Brabham will once again be present, this time with the road-going version of his amazing Brabham BT62.
Here are some of the awe-inspiring vehicles you can expect at the luxurious motoring event.
Words by James Nicholls