Diversity in the Cartier ‘Style et luxe’ at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed
As Goodwood opens its doors to over 175,000 spectators in just under a week’s time at the annual Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show (30 June – 3 July), discerning motoring enthusiasts will be making a beeline to the Cartier Lawn, where the acclaimed celebration of fine automotive design – the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance – has become a ‘must see’ attraction at Goodwood.
Now in its 17th consecutive year at the Festival, the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ has gathered hundreds of the world’s finest, most beautiful, valuable and sought-after cars, all competing for the coveted Overall Winner award, as voted by a distinguished panel of judges.
Cartier judging panel
For 2011, the Cartier judging panel will include iPod, iPad and iPhone creator Jonathan Ive, design entrepreneur Anya Hindmarch, adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls, rock star Roger Taylor, artist Julia Peyton-Jones, royal hat designer Philip Treacy, and leading industrial designer Marc Newson.
Automobiles of distinction participating in the 2011 staging of the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ will be split into seven distinct classes, with an eclectic mix of motor cars for all tastes, including some of the most unusual and beautiful pre-War cars in a class for distinctive coachbuilt boat-tailed vehicles, including a stunning 1931 Bentley 4.5-litre Roadster and 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster, as well as some stunning and pioneering 1930s streamlined ‘people carriers’, most of which have rarely been seen in the UK, such as the 1934 Crossley Burney and unusual Mercedes-Benz 170 Kamm 3S.
Post-War Cartier classes will include a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Jaguar E-type, with a selection of significant examples. Complementing these will be some stunningly beautiful 1950s coupes, including a rare Farina Jowett Jupiter, a Ferrari 340 America and amazing Abarth 1500 Biposta BAT 1. By way of contrast, a class dedicated to post-War European people cars is bound to generate huge interest with early and original examples of vehicles familiar to us all, including a 1959 Austin Seven Mini, 1961 Renault 4, and the very first production DAF 600 from 1958.
A class of cars with unusual means of entry will include a gullwing Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Koenigsegg CCX and the wild Adams Probe 16, as used in the film A Clockwork Orange. Finally, a collection of ‘comeback kids’ car marques that had disappeared but been revived includes a 1991 Bugatti EB110 GT, 1996 Lea-Francis 30/230 and 2001 Veritas RS3. In all, the 2011 Cartier lawn promises to offer a truly visual treat for lovers of cars of all types.
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 magnificence of great automobiles.
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