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Inaugural The Oberoi Concours d'Elegance taking place at The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur 16th-18th February 2024

Over its 90-year history, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has been committed to promoting and preserving Indian heritage and hosting prestigious classic and vintage car rallies around its award-winning properties. Keeping this tradition, The Oberoi Concours d’Elegance will set a new benchmark to showcase the finest vintage and classic automobiles and motorcycles from India and abroad.

The Oberoi Concours d'Elegance

India’s history with motorcars began in the 1890s. Through the patronage of Indian royalty and private collectors, an automotive legacy flourished, encompassing some of the rarest and most significant automobiles in history. Set against the majestic backdrop of Lake Pichola and the traditional domed architecture of the resort, The Oberoi Concours d'Elegance will celebrate the remarkable design and craftsmanship of the world's most sought-after and distinctive vehicles. Owned by Indian royalty and private collectors, the Concours will be a unique opportunity to view some of the rarest and most historically significant automobiles restored and preserved over many generations.

 

The event will be curated by India's leading automotive historian, Mr. Manvendra Singh Barwani. In addition, a distinguished panel of classic car cognoscenti from across the globe will judge cars and motorcycles in different classifications. Ms. Sandra Button, Chairman of the prestigious and globally renowned Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, will serve as Chief Judge.

 

Prominent judges in attendance will be HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, Jodie Kidd, Giacomo Agostini, Jacky Ickx, Jochen Mass, Peter Stevens, David Mckirdy, Gordon Murray, Chris Bock, Stephen Brauer, Richard Charlesworth, William E “Chip” Connor II, as well as the VIPs in attendance, including H.H. Maharajah Gaj Singhji II of Jodhpur, H.H. Maharajah Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar of Mysore, R.K. Pratapsingh Gaekwad of Baroda, H.H. Maharawal Harshvardhan Singh of Dungarpur, and R.K. Lakshyaraj Singhji of Udaipur

 

Mr. Arjun Oberoi, Executive Chairman, The Oberoi Group, said, "Oberoi Hotels & Resorts are delighted to host and promote the celebration of beauty, innovation, and craftsmanship that has defined a century of the most exceptional automobiles of the world. Our automotive legacy is amongst the most significant and historically important. With The Oberoi Concours d'Elegance, we look forward to placing India on the world's Concours stage and showcasing the very best of automotive heritage and excellence”.

 

Mr. Manvendra Singh Barwani added, "The Oberoi Concours d'Elegance will take the heritage of automobile culture and the history of India to an international level, showcasing the finest vintage and classic automobiles and motorcycles. Moreover, with Indian restoration work on par with international standards, we can compete with international entries on our home stage."

 

Automobile classes include Cars of the Maharajahs: Mysore, Pre-War American Open Classics (1910-1945), Post War American Open Classics (1945-1969), Dawn of the Jet Age: Cadillacs (1949-1964), Pre-War European Classics (1910-1945), Pre-War Rolls Royce Limousines (1910-1945), Post War European Classics (1945-1969), Carrozzeria Italiano: Pre-War (1910-1945), Carrozzeria Italiano: Post War (1945-1969), Post War Sportscars (1945-1975), Motoring for the Masses: India (from 1910), and Custom Classics & Prototypes. Motorcycle classes include Veteran – Vintage (up to 1930), Pre-War (1931-1945), Post-War (1945-1969), and Defining Legends of the Modern Age (1970-1985). 


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