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A rare Ferrari takes home the prize at the best of the best prizes

A rare Ferrari takes home the prize at the best of the best prizes

A household name in luxury hospitality, The Peninsula Hotels group oversees a number of acclaimed properties around the world. With a reputation well beyond five stars, The Peninsula hosts a number of anticipated events throughout the year, including the The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Awards. The prestigious competition includes classic vehicles that emerged victorious from last year’s competition events. Eight vehicles competed for the Best of the Best title, each with an important role in automotive history, impeccable craftsmanship and aging-resistant technology.

The winning vehicle will be chosen by a team of 25 judges, their participation based on expertise, passion and competence in areas ranging from design to engineering. Notable names this year included fashion designer Ralph Lauren, comedian Jay Leno, Ford Motor Company board member Henry Ford III and Anne Asensio, Dassault Systems’ Vice President of Design Experience. Each judge brought their own angle to the awards and contributed to the diverse debate about what exactly makes the best of the best when it comes to the world’s best classic cars.

The event took place on Sunday, August 14 at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in California, just before Monterey Car Week, the region’s famous motorsports event. It marked the first time in five years that the event had been hosted at this venue, which is known for hosting Monterey Car Week’s most prestigious showcases. The quail, a motorsport meeting and The Quail Rally, all Peninsula Signature Events, took place immediately afterwards.

“With such an illustrious selection of finalists this year, the judging process has been particularly challenging,” said The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, founder of the Peninsula Hotel Group. “Our group of eight classic cars represents the pinnacle of automotive craftsmanship, artistry and engineering. All are outstanding representatives of automotive history, but one rose to the top to receive our highest honor and recognition with Peninsula Classics’ Best of the Best Award 2021.”

With automotive enthusiasts already around to attend the upcoming festivities, the Best of the Best Awards were a way to start things off and honor vehicles that took first place in competition awards from around the world last year. Despite being a separate event, the Awards seamlessly complemented the atmosphere, attracting guests early and setting the tone. The participating cars spanned decades and included a 1926 Suiza H6B Cabriolet, a 1934 Avions Voisin Type C27 Aerosport Coupe and a 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale. After considering each candidate, the judges ultimately chose a silver Ferrari 250 GT. 1956 Berlinetta Competizione in pristine condition, one of only nine ever built.

Driven in the 1959 Tour de France and Mille Miglia, the iconic winner features Ferrari’s prototype 12B V12 engine, making it truly unique. The vehicle’s rich history has contributed to the title as much as its physical characteristics and the recent restoration carried out by Italian experts Bacchelli & Villa. The vehicle is now owned by proud owner Brian Ross, who was well aware of Ferrari’s full potential as he oversaw years of intensive restoration efforts.

“Winning the Best of the Best Award is a great achievement and a true honour,” said Mr Ross. “It’s a wonderful acknowledgment of the many years I’ve spent trying to get my hands on this 250 GT and the hard work that went into the many years of restoration process. All the other nominees have fantastic vehicles, so I’m incredibly humbled to be selected for this award by the critically acclaimed judges. Winning Best of the Best is a true dream.”

Hosting the Best of the Best Awards is second nature to The Peninsula Group, which emphasizes not only luxury accommodations but historical value, relationships spanning generations and an eye for prestige that applies to everything from stunning properties to international excellence in the automotive industry. The Awards remain one Peninsula Signature Eventraising the standards year after year and celebrating all that is rare, expertly crafted and absolutely, undeniably unique.