Perennially one of the most popular and stylish attractions at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, is the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ Concours d’Elegance.
JUN 07th 2017
Early 2000s hypercars and Ferrari 250s top Cartier 'Style et Luxe' highlights at FOS 2017!
The Cartier concours always features a varied and intriguing selection of both pre- and post-war cars, split over seven classes, and all gracing the tranquil Cartier Lawn. Each of the vehicles in these seven classes vies for the highly-prized ‘Best of Show’ award, as judged by a distinguished panel of decision-makers that have a proven eye for the finer things in life. The roll call of Cartier judges will include architect Lord Norman Foster, actor Tom Hollander, model David Gandy, and car designer Gordon Murray.
This year’s Cartier classes will include some eclectic early steam carriages built by the famous Stanley steam car marque, in the ‘Full Steam Ahead‘ class. The other 2017 Cartier pre-war class will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the remarkable Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost in the ‘Best car in the World’ category, including the famous silver 40/50 that gave the model its “Silver Ghost’ name, registered AX 201.
For the post-war war, two significant 70th anniversaries will see a mouth-watering class of exceptional Ferrari 250s, as a key part of Goodwood’s celebrations of the Maranello marque’s 70th birthday, as well as a display of elegant Aston Martin DB models from the prestigious British sports car maker’s legendary era of ownership by the tractor entrepreneur David Brown. Among the nine Ferrari 250 models gracing the Cartier Lawn in the Maranello’s Masterpiece class will be a one-off Bertone styled 250 GT SWB ‘Shark Nose’ being seen in the UK for the first time since being built in 1962. Bertone’s coachwork will also be evident in the Aston Martin DB class.
Sixty years of contrasting Italian styles will also be on display with a class of graceful Maserati GTs - including the stunning ex-Shah of Persia 5000 GT - and a pack of fun-filled Fiat 500s in the ‘Cheeky Cinquecento’ class. This category will include some rarely-seen coachbuilt examples of the tiny car that put Italy on wheels post-war.
The final Cartier class for 2017 will be ‘Game Changers’, a crowd-pleasing class of early exotic hypercars that graced many a child’s bedroom walls, and marking the 25th anniversary since the first customer deliveries of the now-iconic game-changing McLaren F1 commenced.