Imagine bringing together the Best of Show winners from six of the world’s most prestigious Concours d’Elegance to determine the Best of the Best, the most exceptional car on Earth. That’s exactly what’s happening next Tuesday, August 16, at the Peninsula Hotel in Monterey, California, during Monterey Classic Car Week.
The award is the creation of hotelier The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie and noted classic car authorities Christian Philippsen, William E. “Chip” Connor and Bruce Meyer, who have been brought together by their appreciation for the restoration and preservation of fine motor vehicles.
The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award will assemble the winners from England’s Royal Concours of Elegance, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Goodwood’s Cartier Style et Luxe, the Cavallino Classic and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, before selecting one of the six as Best of the Best.
The cars being considered are a 1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex from the Royal, a 1932 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Sport Cabriolet (above) from Pebble Beach, a 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster from Amelia Island, a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS “Goutte d’Eau” from Goodwood, a 1965 Ferrari 166 P / 206 SP Dino 0834 from the Cavallino Classic and a 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale from The Quail.
This group will be evaluated and judged by a panel of nearly two dozen notable experts from all aspects of the motoring industry, with the final determination announced at a private dinner on that Tuesday evening and the winning car then being recognized on stage at the 14th annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday August 19.