Chopard wraps up a successful first edition of the Chopard Classic Rally in Dubai
The first edition of the Chopard Classic Rally Dubai came to a close after two successful days of rigorous test of timing and navigational skills.
Held for the first year in the United Arab Emirates and organized by Chopard, along with partner Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and Emaar Properties, the Chopard Classic Rally Dubai brought together 60 classic cars aficionados coming from the United Arab Emirates, Gulf region, Europe and the United States. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard Co-President and a passionate driver of collectors’ cars, took part in this first edition, competing along with legendary pilot Jacky Ickx.
The competition started from the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai. 30 teams of drivers and co-drivers drove their vintage automobiles towards the northern emirates. The first day route was exciting with two stops; one at Hatta Fort, which is nestled on the foothills of the beautiful Hajar Mountains. Another stop was at the Mleiha Archaeological Centre based around the history and archaeology of the areas surrounding the village of Mleiha in Sharjah.
The rally map of the second day followed a different thrilling route towards Ras Al Khaimah and included several stops highlighting an array of breath-taking natural vistas in Ras Al Khaimah including the UAE’s highest mountain Jebel Jais, dubbed the adventure tourism hub of the Middle East.
The closing ceremony took place at Armani Hotel Dubai. Chopard Co-President Karl Friedrich Scheufele together with Jacky Ickx awarded the winners. The first place team, driver and co-driver, received the limited edition of the L.U.C Time Traveler One Time of the desert. Produced in a 20-piece limited series with a refined sand colour dial.
Awards were also given to the second and third place teams’ winners along with two special categories: Spirit of the Rally and Best in show classic car.
Talking about this first edition, Karl Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard Co-President said: “It is impressive how vibrant the classic car scene is in the Middle East. There are collectors just as passionate and knowledgeable here as anywhere in the world”. He added, “Chopard is proud to have organized this classic rally in the UAE. We hope that it will be a regular fixture on the regional and global classic car calendar”.
Commenting on this regularity rally, Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer of Seddiqi Holding said: “The Chopard Classic Rally is a remarkable display of the brand’s enthusiasm and appreciation for fine workmanship. Beautifully executed, the event brought together an esoteric group of individuals passionate about mechanics and aesthetics”.
From his side, Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “Flagging off the event and hosting the closing ceremony in Downtown Dubai underlines the commitment of Emaar to support world-class events that add to the pride of our nation. The Chopard Classic Rally was highlighted by the strong participation of classic car enthusiasts, demonstrating the passion that collectors have towards automobiles that chronicle the history of the automotive industry. Emaar shares the same passion for classic cars and in celebrating these elegant vehicles.”
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), CEO, Haitham Mattar states: “Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais provides the ideal location for the culmination of this iconic and prominent event. Long favoured by motorists for its numerous hairpin bends and dramatic vistas from the UAE’s tallest peak, the Jebel Jais mountain road is sure to come alive for Chopard’s inaugural two-day rally.” He added, “The emirate presents a wealth of up-scale and luxurious hotels and resorts, coupled with unique experiences from its 64km of pristine coastline, across our terracotta deserts, and the adventures on Jebel Jais itself, suited perfectly to the prestigious Chopard Classic Rally.”
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