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Posted by on Mar 10, 2017

Highway Masala! Being a Judge at the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show in Delhi, was indeed an honour and a privilege. Not only was the event, organised by India’s largest collector, Madan Mohan, a grand success in promoting India as a motoring tourist destination, it was also an incredible collection of experiences. One of those experiences was the discovery of a wonderful 1914 Benz 8/20 PS Runabout Tourer. This car, which was judged by us as Best in Class, has phenomenal history and provenance having been in single family ownership since new and complete with its original bill of sale from Benz in Mannheim in Germany. The car, following its recently completed restoration, will now be spending some time on display at the Heritage Transport Museum in Delhi before going back to the family in Madras. Another car amongst the 72 on show, and also with tremendous Indian history and provenance was the 1933 Minerva Type AL 7-Passenger Limousine. This lovely example, the largest and most expensive of the 33 made by the Belgian manufacturer was delivered new to the Raja Mohammed Amir Ahmed Kahn, and deservedly took the Best of Show...

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2017

This week I am off to Delhi for the seventh edition of The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show. The three days of motoring indulgence should prove to be a very exciting experience especially as I am also an Honorary Judge as well as covering the event for various magazines including Octane, Rewind and Jetgala. The main highlight will, I am sure, be the wonderful collection of cars from Maharajas from all over the country, but, no doubt, there will also be one or two unexpected surprises and some great photographic opportunities. More next time…  ...

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Sydney Concours d’Elegance

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017

I was the Chief Honorary Judge at the 2017 Sydney Concours d’Elegance which took place recently at Darling Harbour Wharf in Pyrmont under the auspices of the ICJAG, the International Chief Judge Advisory Group. Honorary Judges have no need to concentrate on originality and authenticity, but adjudicate on the more ethereal notions of design, rarity, styling, historical significance and indeed, elegance – after all this is a Concours d’Elegance. All we had to do was look at the tremendous class winners, each honoured with a red rosette on its windshield, and decide which vehicle fulfilled the above criteria and which one we liked the most, in order to identify the Best of Show in this celebration of automotive excellence. Actually the choice was quite a challenge when faced with such splendid vehicles, but after a quick double check of the votes to make sure all was in order, the Concours d’Elegance Sydney Best of Show was announced to the assembled onlookers and the prize giving took place. The Best of Show award going to the simply stunning 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Coupé, much to the delight of the owner and his...

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2017

It has been a great Christmas and New Year period and I have been taking things pretty easily in readiness for a big year ahead. I did however manage to do a couple of stories in between all the eating and drinking and boating. I did a story on the alter ego of Rolls-Royce and its new Black Badge offering, amazing cars; and of course I was also out on the water on Boxing Day for the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Coming up I am really looking forward to being a guest at The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show being held at the legendary Red Fort in Delhi, India in February. It should be very interesting and make for a great story. Before that though I am having my first taste of being a Judge at the forthcoming Concours D’Elegance Australia. It should be great fun, and I will bring you more news of that next...

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Up, up and away!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016

I say it every year, but right about now, Sydney Harbour is a difficult place to beat if you love sun, sea and boats! The GC32 hydro-foiling ultra-light catamarans certainly made a splash as the new weapon of choice at the Extreme Sailing Series and I had a great time covering the event. Coming up at the end of the month of course will be the start of the Sydney to Hobart. Bring it...

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