The Fullerton Hotel Singapore recently celebrated its 90th birthday in typical, and lavish, style with its inaugural Concours d’Elegance. By Simon Clays
The event saw the great and the good of Singapore gather to pore over a collection of showcase classic automobiles that included, among other iconic beauties, a priceless 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet and the classic 70s Ferrari Daytona.
Petrol head Singaporeans came in their droves with over 30,000 visitors walking the exclusive Fullerton Heritage precinct in the course of the three-day event.
The Concours d’Elegance, which translates literally into its native French as a ‘competition of elegance’, dates back some three centuries to when well-heeled French fancies would parade their horse-drawn carriages around Parisian parks. As time went by, the carriages became horseless and the Concours spread its wings to become a global auto phenomenon.
There was no greater example of this in action than at the Fullerton’s Concours d’Elegance where among the 26 cars on show (which also boasted British classics like the sedate Rolls Royce Twenty Connaught Tourer and the rasping MG TD), Bugatti’s latest incarnation of its staggeringly-quick Chiron Sport made its debut in Asia. Something that caused both a roar and a stir.
But it wasn’t just about the world’s most sought-after gas guzzlers, as iconic camera brand Leica treated visitors to creative workshops and the property celebrated its anniversary as Singapore’s Mile Zero (the reference point from which all roads were originally measured in the country) with a collection of Mile Zero culinary treats and tit-bits.
With LEGO commemorating the Grande Dame of Singapore’s birthday with a scale-model comprising of nearly half a million bricks and a Gala Dinner auction that raised over 10,00,000 rupees, we can’t wait for The Fullerton’s next birthday and a whole load more classic gasoline.