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Sixth Sydney concours is a roaring success

More than 75 vintage and classic cars, super and hypercars, motorcycles, motorboats, plus sustainable new energy vehicles with a combined worth of more than AUS$100 million were on display at the sixth annual Ampol Sydney Harbour Concours d’Elegance.

For the first time the event was taking place on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, from 29 February to 3 March meaning entrants getting their cars to the location by ferry. 

They were judged by an international jury of automobile experts led by Alfa Romeo expert and Vice President Registro Internazionale Touring Superleggera, Alessandra Giorgetti from Milan.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner at Luke Mangan’s Glass Restaurant at The Hilton Sydney on the Saturday evening. The top awards were: 

Best in show (post-war) – 1964 Ferrari 250 LM (which also won the people’s choice award)

Best in show (pre-war) – 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom II

ASI best Italian car – 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Best restoration – 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Preservation (pre-war) – 1920 Ford Model T Coupé

Preservation (post-war) – 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo

Event founder and curator, James Nicholls, said this year’s Ampol Sydney Harbour Concours d’Elegance had attracted more than 1400 motoring and haute lifestyle enthusiasts: ‘This is the biggest and best Sydney Harbour Concours d’Elegance in our six year history.We’ve pulled together more than 100 years of motoring heritage in this year’s event – it’s a pocket sized edition of the 20th century’s motoring evolution on Sydney Harbour. 

‘Whether it is rare, historic cars or cutting-edge technology vehicles of the future, people appreciate the beauty and art involved in these extraordinary pieces of engineering, design and craftsmanship.

‘With motor cars, motorcycles and motorboats, designer jewellery, bespoke fashion and design, fine food from celebrity Chef Sean Connolly, Champagne Pommery and Château La Gordonne rosé, the Sydney Harbour Concours d’Elegance is quickly becoming the leading haute lifestyle experience.’

The 2025 event will take place from 28 February to 2 March. 

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