Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2016

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34 On Sunday, 100 of the most distinguished cars in the world lined up on the Le Nôtre lawn to vie for a victory in one of 21 classes that would put them in the running for the "Queen of the Day" (Best of Show) award as part of the Concours d'Etat. Five classes were devoted to racing cars of the last century, including Bugatti grand prix cars, front-engined Formula 1 cars and the cars of the Tour de France Automobile (1951-1964 and 1969- 1986). A trio of classes was dedicated to famous Italian coachbuilder Zagato. ere were also distinct categories that focused less on performance and more on coachwork and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura P400. e jury awarded the Best of Show to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta with coachwork by Touring belonging to American collector John Shirley, entered in the class Pre-war beginnings of aerodynamics – Closed road-going cars. There were eight concept cars in the running for the Concours d'Elégance entered by Aston Martin, BMW, Bugatti, DS Automobiles, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce. Each was paired with a creation by one of six French fashion houses: Balmain, Eymeric François, Giorgio Armani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jorgen Simonsen and Timothy Everest. e Best of Show award went to DS E-TENSE combined with a creation by Eymeric François. A Mercedes-Maybach 6 Vision associated with a dress created by Jean-Paul Gaultier was named "Prix Public." The prize for the motorcar and fashion combination deemed the most beautiful ensemble went to the 570GT by McLaren Special Operations with a model also dressed by Jean- Paul Gaultier. A special prize was awarded to the new "atelier" motorbike by Zagato, which made its world premiere at Chantilly. Photo by Mathieu Bonnevie.

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