YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance…

and Great Wall International Classic Rally

On 3rd October 2017, the third YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, held in spectacular surroundings, impressed with its display of 38 top-level historic vehicles and 14 modern automobiles. This is the third time the stunning concours event has been held at YanQi Island, Huairou District, near Beijing (venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation), and it’s certainly among the top exhibitions of its kind in China.

This year’s classic historic automobiles included the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo owned by eminent collector Corrado Lopresto, the car that won Best of Show at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este; a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart; and the 1967 Red Flag Hongqi CA770 from the Beijing Classic Car Museum. There was also a very rare 1950 Skoda VOS, the car of Marshal Zhu De, restored by Skoda China and now part of the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution. This was its first appearance at a concours event.

In the competition section of the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, the five-person judging committee consisted of Gautam Sen, Vice President of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi, curator of the Italian National Automobile Museum, Camille Bourges, representative of the organising party of French Avignon Automobile Festival, Pierre-Antoine Faure, and Wu Jianxin, joint publisher of Racemaker Press. The committee gave their marks and judgments on the competing historic vehicles as per an internationally adopted marking system of concours d’elegance events across the globe.

Under observation by FIVA this year, it is hoped that the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance and Great Wall International Classic Rally will be accorded international status by FIVA for next year, 2018.

A 1951 Volkswagen T1 Pickup Truck was awarded best in class in the ‘Functional Classic’ category, a 1983 Volkswagen Beetle in the class ‘For The People’, a 1914 Ford T for ‘The Oldtimers’, a 1930 Skoda 422 in ‘Pre-War Classics’, a 1980 Mercedes­-Benz 230TE in ‘The Youngtimers’, a 1959 Borgward Isabella Coupé Cabrio in ‘The Borgward Classic’, the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo in ‘La Dolce Vita’, a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa in the ‘Sunshine Express’ class, a 1982 Audi Quattro Rally A2 in ‘The Competition Car’, and the 1950 Skoda VOS in ‘The Luxury Classic’.

While Corrado Lopresto’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo deservedly scooped Best of Show, the Red Flag Honqi was awarded a special Jury Prize, while the Porsche 911 Targa, along with a 1957 Hansa 2400 Pullman and a Bentley Mulsanne won awards based on the jury’s personal favourites.

In the run-up to the concours itself, the 2017 Borgward Great Wall International Classic Rally – a five-day, 550km run – was successfully organised by the magazine Auto Bild China. This was the fourth running of the road rally since it launched in 2014, during which time it has established itself as one of China’s most important historic vehicle events. Departing from the Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention Center, the rally took participants through the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, China Film Group Base, Beijing Classic Car Museum, Borgward Automobile Production Base, Huiyuan Group Base, Gubei Water Town, Longqing Valley, the ancient town of Yongning and the Lakeside Great Wall, before arriving at Yanqi Island in Huairou, Beijing, having completed nine timed sections and seven non-competitive road sections. Sixteen historic vehicles completed the rally, with victory going to Xu Tao/Song Shan in their 1994 Porsche 993; second place to Albrecht Rolf Karl/Lautenbacher Wolfgang Georg in their 1982 Audi Quattro Rally A2; and third to Wang Yin/Zhang Qi in their 1980 Mercedes-Benz 230TE.

Mr Wang Yin, founder of the Great Wall International Classic Rally and the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance, concluded by commenting: “The Great Wall International Classic Rally is a moving ‘poem’, while the YanQi Island Concours d’Elegance is a static ‘painting’, as well as a wonderful interaction between historic vehicle culture and Chinese culture. This is the vital significance of these two activities. As organisers, we are tasked to steadily hold these two annual events, striving to make them ever more wonderful.”

Pictures here


Notes to Editors

FIVA is the only global organisation of its kind aiming to encourage the safe use of historic, mechanically propelled road vehicles, while remaining equally focused on preserving and promoting the very culture of motoring. In April 2017, FIVA signed a partnership (consultative status) with UNESCO and continues to pursue its successful FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year programme.

For more press information, or to speak to a FIVA representative for a specific country, please contact Gautam Sen, FIVA’s Vice President Communications on communications@fiva.org, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).

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