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Elégance et Automobile

27 - 30 June 2019

Zoom in on the jury of Elégance et Automobile à Monte-Carlo

Published on 30 June 2019

A jury was needed to decide between the 47 wonder cars. And this Elégance et Automobile à Monte-Carlo jury is made of exceptional personalities. They had the onerous task to name a winner in the 9 different categories. Christian Philippsen, director of Elégance et Automobile à Monte-Carlo and supervisor of the jury says : « We needed people with grate automobile knowledge and who were able to judge the elegance of a car, like it was done in the 30’s or 50’s ». This year the jury is chaired by Sandra Button, the president of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The American is surrounded with Lorena Baricalla (Monégasque ballerina, singer, actress and passionate of automobile), Lorenzo Ramaciotti (former Group Chief of Design for Pininfarina and former Group Chief of Design for FCA) and Thierry Boutsen (former Formula 1 driver).

The mission of the jury is more complicated than it seems. Géry Mestre, president of the Historic Cars Commission of the Automobile Club de Monaco insists : « We need to judge the exceptional car body and its design. But we also need to take in consideration the history of the car. » The jury meet with the owners of the cars yesterday and today in the morning to learn a few stories and details about the work arts. Christian Philippsen explains : « When I speak to the collectors, I always ask them : ‘If the car could speak, what would it tell us ?’. The meet with them is a decisive moment of the concours. » The Elegance concours is split in 3 stages : the meet with the owners, the Elegance parade, during which it’s important to see the car moving and to listen to the engine music. And last but not least, the deliberation. During this phase of the concours, the members of the jury have to discuss their points of view. The results of the Elégance et Automobile à Monte-Carlo will be pronounced tomorrow morning at 11am on la place du Palais Princier.