It is a journey back in time, with Concours d’ Elégance Durban, as the second annual competition of elegance returns to the city.
Steeped in tradition, as one of the most distinguished classic car showcases in the world, Concours d’ Elégance Durban celebrates the country’s automobile heritage and the art of mechanical engineering on 27th and 28th July 2019.
Set in the picturesque backdrop of Durban Country Club, overlooking the Indian Ocean, the renowned event, attracts an impressive gathering of the country’s most elegant collector’s cars, all competing for the title – Best of Show.
Another great coup for Concours d’ Elégance Durban this year is the inclusion of the vintage and classic motorcycle class.
“We welcome classic car owners to chronicle their timeless classics, vintage or veteran masterpieces or motorcycles in the prestigious competition of chic sophistication. We have been impressed with the overwhelming response and pleased that we will soon reach capacity in the car and motorcycle divisions. We look forward to providing our guests with a world class event, where they can enjoy this vintage experience of fine wheels and old-fashioned flare,” says event organiser John Aritho.
Flanked by a top judging panel including distinguished international critics, Concours d’ Elégance Durban sets the tone for automotive excellence, whilst bringing in touches of French shabby chic flair in fashion, food and bubbly.
“It promises to be a fun-filled family weekend to remember, where visitors will be spoilt for choice with Veuve Clicquot; Hendricks Gin and Lipton Tea Garden hospitality paddocks,” added Aritho.
In addition, Concours d’ Elégance Durban celebrates wonderful collaborations and partnerships with local businesses whom have embraced the spectacle by supporting the preservation of heritage.
“This year, thanks to new partnerships and collaborations we are expanding our activities, celebrating expertise, passion and the constant quest for innovation. We are thrilled to have the support of key industry players and look forward to a spectacular event,” says co-event organiser Avish Maharaj.
In discussing these partnerships, Sbu Zondi, Head of marketing and communications for Durban Tourism says: “Durban Tourism is excited to welcome vintage cars to the city. It is our goal that we showcase the rich history of Durban and the impact that these classic cars played in building the world class infrastructure of our city.”
General manager at Durban Country Club, Gary Geddes echoed similar sentiments, adding that Durban Country Club was proud to be associated with Concours d’ Elégance Durban.
Vodacom’s Anup Kaihar says: “Vodacom IOT’s automotive offerings allows your vintage pride to be kitted with the latest mobility and connected car solutions fusing the classic look and feel of the bygone-era with technologies of the modern era. With technological solutions as its raison d’étre, the Concours d’Élégance provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate Vodacom’s capabilities in the platform economy.”
Auto Boutique, the agents for Autoglym and Color Glo expressed delight to be the official car care partners at Concours d’ Elégance Durban for the second consecutive year.
Another sponsor, Michelle Ashen-Abrahams, head of marketing at MUA Insurance Acceptances says: “The team have designed a unique lifestyle experience, showcasing history and art in an innovative and experiential way. Our classic car community will enjoy so much more than just a trip down memory lane.”
“We choose our partnerships based on their ability to provide systemic impact in surrounding communities for the benefit of economic growth and increased local tourism. We enjoy collaborating with brands and successful business leaders who collectively contribute to results we want to see and who believe in being the change they want to see,” added Ashen-Abrahams.
Sharing equal vision, the partners and sponsors plan a significant showing this year in terms of technical excellence as well as the complex screening and selection process.
“Together, we celebrate attention to detail, a commitment to excellence and the resulting pleasure to be found in what is, quite simply, the best,” added Maharaj.
The engine is running and the road is clear, so jump on in and take a trip with us down memory lane.
Visitors are encouraged to book early and enjoy exclusive rates at Durban’s finest Tsogo Sun Hotels.
Closed judging commences Saturday 27th July followed by the one day only spectacle on Sunday 28th July 2019.
Patrons can look forward to the opportunity to flip through the skies with KZN aviation on a scenic helicopter ride.
In addition kids too, will be entertained at the designated children’s spot offering simulators on surfing and motor-cross riding.
A special invitation is extended to collectors to join ‘Tour d’ Elegance’, a charming scenic route scheduled Saturday 27th July.
Prizes for Best of Class and Best of Show brought to you by MUA Insurance Acceptances, Veuve Clicquot, Durban Country Club, Vodacom, AutoGlym, Tsogo Sun Hotels and Durban Tourism.
The overall winner will be honoured with the “Best of Show” trophy and a momentous “yellow jacket” of acclaim.
For more information visit: www.concoursdurban.co.za