One way for a business to gain attention and advertising is to host and sponsor car contests. This has aided some of the most prestigious companies in the world become exceptional performers in their markets and keeps their names at the forefront of potential customers to help bring in business. This is the case with a brand new car contest that’s been added which has a deep thread of judging and an impressive way of creating a lot of excitement about cars that have been restored the way they should be.
This year is the inaugural Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award which is sponsored and hosted by The Peninsula Hotels. This contest was created to help celebrate the top cars from around the world based upon winners at some of the most prestigious contests held in a variety of locations. The judging of these cars is done by a panel of 24 experts that are not just looking for the engine or the power, but the overall car to ensure the car is restored to perfection to be a shining example of what the car would have looked like if it had come directly off the assembly line.
This year there were several prominent names among the judges including Fabio Filippini, Ralph Lauren, Jay Leno and Ian Callum. These four men along with the rest of the panel had the pleasure of judging the top winners from around the world. These top winners included a 1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex, a 1924 Isotta Frascini Tipo 8A F, a Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet, a 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster, a 1965 Ferrari 166 P/206 SP Dino 0834, a 1968 Alfa Romeo Tip 33 Stradale and a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS, Chassis No. 90106 Coupe aerodymamique. These cars were presented from contests all around the world with a variety of owners who have put their time and effort into recreating the perfect cars.
The winner of this inaugural contest was the 1937 Talbot. This car was the winner at the Goutte d’Eau, Figoni & Falaschi and is owned by Peter and Merle Mullin and the Peter Milling Automotive Museum Foundation. This car was the Best in Show winner at that Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe and has been a show winner at nearly every show it’s been to across Europe giving it a prestigious reputation of being an amazing car.
The winner for this year was unanimous and the prize was given because of the amazing detail that Peter Mulling puts into his cars to make sure they are the right build and perfectly restored to show off what the original automaker would have wanted them to be. As you can see, this contest gives the Peninsula Hotels their name on a major award and put the distinction of being the best of the best to one car in the world. It’ll be exciting to see what cars are presented next year for this impressive new award.