Last weekend Goodwood opened its doors to 185,000 spectators for the annual Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show.
[Mr. Bamberger, Nico Rosberg, Valentino Rossi, Mr. Feniou, Roger Taylor, Lord March]
At the event we were also delighted to see The Cartier Style et Luxe concours d’elegance taking place. Their overall theme, ‘Flat-Out and Fearless – Racing on the Edge’, presented the undefeatable champions of Motor Sport in seven categories, with one special Overall Winner Award.
[Charlotte Stockdale, David Gandy and Jodie Kidd]
The 2015 Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ judges included Lord Linley, Sir Jonathan Ive, Geodie Greig, David Gandy, Nick Foulkes, Darcey Bussell, Marc Newson, Roger Taylor, Flavio Manzoni, Jodie Kidd and the event was hosted by Arnaud M. Bamberger, Executive Chairman, Cartier UK and Laurent Feniou, Managing Director, Cartier UK.
[Lord Charles Henry Settrington, Lady Alexandra Gordon Lennox]
Guests were treated to a delicious plated starter of yellow and green courgette ribbons with Buffalo mozzarella, radish, rocket, sour dough croute, followed by a buffet of seasonal foods and a selection of meat by Goodwood Estate.
[Nico Rosberg and Jay Kay]
Established in 1995, the Cartier Style et Luxe has now become one of the most respected concours d’elegance internationally. What started as an appreciation of pre-1940 coachbuilt cars it is now host to a wonderfully eclectic mix of vehicles, spanning some of the most important moments in automobile history.
[Sir Jackie Stewart and Lady Stewart]
Even beyond a conventional concours d’elegance, the Cartier Style et Luxe is unique in that it focuses primarily on design excellence rather than on restored condition. It is for this reason that the competition is decided not by expert car judges, but rather by eminent personalities from the creative industries, as their many and varied sympathies focus on such abstract concepts as proportion, texture, shape and detailing.
[Lady Maria Wiggin, Mr Charles Wiggin, Lady Kinvara Balfour]
Focusing on pre-eminent and lasting design, with integrity and history, are also firm tenets that are true to Cartier the jeweller and watchmaker. It was a natural decision in 1995 to become a part of what today is one of the most successful and respected motoring events in the world, where such values are equally esteemed.
[Paddy McNally and Roger Taylor]
Traditionally each year a theme is chosen, across which the respective automobiles are split into different classes and judged accordingly. Past themes have included Royal Travel (2012) to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee; Pre-War era; Fifties American Classic Cars, ‘Classic Scooters from the 1950s and 1960s’ and ‘Beach Wear: Sun and Surf, 1950-1960’ to name a few.
[Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson]
Every year a potent cross-section of esteemed judges always prompts a passionate debate on judging Sunday to determine the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ award. Past winners have included the 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Volante which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drove away in after their wedding in April 2011 and the futuristic 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5 Bertone.
[Yasmin le Bon and Laurent Feniou]
The Cartier Style et Luxe is a unique event, not only because the selection of cars brought together is extremely diverse and from every era of motoring history, but also it is a celebration of those values that are synonymous with the savoir-faire and passion that goes into each Cartier creation.
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