World famous for its wonderful Mediterranean climate, blue coastal waters, and spectacular mountain backdrop, Marbella attracts royalty, the rich and famous, as well as normal people, to call it their home or second home.
Situated on the southernmost part of Europe facing North Africa and close to Malaga, the cultural capital of Spain’s Andalucia region, Marbella is also home to the highest concentration of supercars in the country.
With owners from as far afield as Norway and Thailand these supercars and many fine classics represent a big part of the car culture here. Enthusiasts from other parts of Spain also bring their cars to Marbella to escape the greater heat from inland regions in summer, and the cold and wet weather in winter.
The first formal Concours d’Elegance took place in Marbella in 2015. Encompassing supercars and classics, this debut event was a resounding success, and has become a highlight of the last week of each July ever since. While this is close to the hottest time of the year in Europe, it is also the period when many car enthusiasts take their summer vacations, arriving in Marbella with their classics and supercars.
Previous events have also witnessed some beautiful classic cars in Marbella concours events. Some were even driven hundreds of kilometres from Valencia and Pamplona in Northern Spain to take part. Cars are made to be driven and there is no better way than this.
This year the Marbella event was branded as the Magna Supercars Concours d’ Elegance in honour of the first Anniversary of Marbella’s premier luxury and supercar storage company.
Magna Supercars stores, maintains and sells cars for owners who are not here all the time, their high security premises a virtual Aladdin’s cave of the world’s most exclusive supercars like the Bugatti Chiron, LaFerrari and McLaren P1.
The 2018 Concours d’ Elegance held at the Magna Marbella Golf Course on 26th July was an invitation only event for up to 80 cars and 160 VIPs. However, interest ran so high that it was quickly over-subscribed and 150 cars graced the immaculate lawns on the day.
Amongst the five esteemed judges was Jo Ramirez who did his apprenticeship at Scuderia Ferrari in 1962, and joined McLaren in 1983. Jo was the Team McLaren Formula One Coordinator until he retired in 2001.
As before the event was run to the French Concours Rules so the cars were primarily rated on their visual impact; the so-called ‘wow’ factor. The judges thus rated each car by its style, beauty and elegance, which accounted for 50-percent of the points. The remaining 50-percent of the score was based on condition, authenticity, restoration (if applicable), rarity, and historical Importance.
This car now lives in Marbella, the perfect place for driving a roadster. Unsurprisingly, its very wealthy owner has turned down many substantial offers for the car with a big smile.