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Published 05 May 2010

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The acclaimed Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance has become a key attraction at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, with this important celebration of automotive design now in its 16th consecutive year at the event.

Italian Flavour

The 16th staging of the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ promises a particularly mouth-watering selection of vehicles, all with a strong Italian flavour to coincide with the overall theme of the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed (1-4 July). This year, uniquely, the Cartier Lawn at Goodwood will be given over in its entirety to a celebration of the famous Italian design houses and coachbuilders, with a gathering of some of the most beautiful coachbuilt cars ever created. Exotic highlights will include a stunning selection of pre-War supercharged Alfa Romeo 8Cs and racing-derived Tipo 33s to help celebrate the Milanese marque’s centenary. At the other end of the scale, some more familiar and affordable Italian-inspired sport cars will sit alongside rarely-seen 'surprising' cars designed and pioneered by the Italians.

Other Cartier classes planned for this year’s Festival of Speed include fabulous 1950s GTs, stunning four-seat cabriolets, outlandish saloon prototypes and earth-shattering supercars, all with a strong Italian flavour.  In all, the 2010 Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ will offer a fabulous visual treat for lovers of cars of all types.


Automobiles of Distinction

Since the inaugural Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ was held at Goodwood in 1995, hundreds of the world’s finest, most beautiful and rare cars have competed for the coveted Overall Winner award, voted for by a distinguished panel of judges. Automobiles of distinction have included five of the six Bugatti Royales built, the amazing Voisin C28 Aerosport, Ralph Lauren’s svelte Mercedes-Benz SSK Trossi Roadster, and last year’s winner, the sensational Hispano-Suiza H6C ‘Xenia’. Past Cartier judges have included Sir Terence Conran, Brian Ferry, Jonathan Ive, Chris Evans, Sir Norman Foster, James Martin, Will Young, Maryam D’Abo and Darcey Bussell.

Like the world’s other celebrated automotive concours events at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este, the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ exhibits the finest examples of the automotive art for critical judgment – but there the comparison ends. In the tranquil setting of the private gardens of Goodwood House, a unique panel of judges from all areas of the creative world survey the entries from their own individual perspective. Many of the dozen or so judges know little or nothing about cars, so their aesthetic judgements make a refreshing change from the automotive experts that attend other events.


Live Jazz

During the weekend, a visit to the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ is made all the more enjoyable by a superb soundtrack of live jazz playing on the bandstand on both Saturday and Sunday, making this is an unmissable occasion for anyone who appreciates the inherent creative magnitude of great automobiles.

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