Words by Abhishek Wairagade
The fifth edition of the Cartier Travel with Style Concurs d’Elegance is going to be held at the Falaknuma Palace Grounds in Hyderabad in February 2017.
Once every two years, the finest vintage cars and bikes in the country are showcased at the premiere classic car event. A part of the FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) and WMHY (World Motoring Heritage Year), the event is also patronized by UNESCO. At the 2017 event, a special FIVA Preservation Award is also expected to be given out to the car that is maintained in the best shape.
The chief judge at the event will be Simon Kidston, who is the nephew of ‘Bentley Boy’ Commander Glen Kidston and is also a renowned classic cars authority. Having started his career in the auction department at Coys in London, he founded Bonhams in Geneva which is now one of the biggest high profile auction outlets in the world. He also runs Kidston SA, a consultancy for UHNW individuals who are into the collection of rare cars.
The classes for the 2017 Cartier Travel with Style Concours d’Elegance are as follows:
Pre War Classics: up to and including 1945
Post War Classics: from 1946 up to and including 1965
Indian Heritage: Indian made or assembled from 1947 up to and including 1965
Preservation: up to and including 1965
Roadsters: from 1946 up to and including 1965
Veteran: up to and including 1930
Pre War: from 1931 up to and including 1945
Post War: from 1946 up to and including 1969
Ranked among the top eight classic car events in the world, the registrations have begun for participants and will be closed on September 30. The Cartier Travel with Style Concours d’Elegance event is limited to a privileged few as one can attend it only if invited.