With more than 90 vintage, classic, super cars and prototypes displayed right in the heart of Singapore, it is one of the largest showcases featuring a display of unique automobiles that are one-of-its-kind.
SINGAPORE, 29th June 2018 – The eagerly anticipated inaugural Fullerton Concours d’Elegance - a unique three-day celebration to mark the 90th anniversary of the Fullerton Building, home to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, took place from 29th June to 1st July 2018 across The Fullerton Heritage precinct.
The iconic building was gazetted as a National Monument on 7th December 2015 in recognition of its pivotal role in Singapore’s history. Built in 1928, the Grande Dame has borne witness to many historical events and milestones.
Visitors to the Fullerton Concours d’Elegance, considered the cultural event of the year, enjoyed a multifaceted experience that embodies The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s rich heritage and fine hospitality the Fullerton brand is known for. There was something for everyone – from car aficionados and art lovers, to photography enthusiasts, foodies, history buffs or anyone looking for something fun to do over the weekend.
Iconic cars to debut in Southeast Asia and a display of one-of-its kind in Singapore
26 classic cars owned by discerning private collectors in Singapore and Malaysia competed in the preeminent Concours d’Elegance. The cars were judged on criteria including originality and authenticity, restoration quality, design and styling, and elegance in three categories, namely Pre-World War II Vintage, Post War Classic (1945 to 1960) and Modern Classic (1961 to 1983).
Presiding over the Concours d’Elegance is Chief Concours Judge, renowned vintage car enthusiast and President of the Malaysia & Singapore Vintage Car Register (‘MSVCR’), Dr Ivor Thevathasan. Other esteemed Concours judges include Mr Alain Li, Regional Chief Executive of Richemont Asia Pacific and Mr David Thomson, former president of the MSVCR. They will be complemented by a team of Honorary Judges, including Ms Larissa Tan, CEO of home-grown brand Vanda Electrics, and Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, former Managing Director of Audemars Piguet Asia Pacific.
Visitors had the opportunity to view some of the private collection of cars owned by His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan and Sovereign Ruler of the State and Territory of Johor Darul Ta'zim. They were displayed alongside rare and exquisite timepieces from Audemars Piguet that correspond to the manufacturing years of the cars.
Car enthusiasts were also in for a treat – the Bugatti Chiron Sport made its debut in Asia at the event and three cars were on public display for the first time in Southeast Asia. These are the Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom, Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge as well as a recently restored Rolls-Royce Phantom II.
Among the stellar line-up of more than 90 cars curated for the event, visitors admired several unique automobiles that are one-of-a-kind in Singapore. This included the 1926 Rolls-Royce Connaught Tourer, 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K [Right-hand drive (‘RHD’)], 1938 McLaughlin-Buick 90L Ltd, 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster (RHD), 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Convertible and 1990 Aston Martin Lagonda.
A culinary trip down the memory lane and beyond
The Fullerton Hotel Culinary Team have created the Fullerton Concours d’Elegance cocktail, and the ‘Mile Zero Series’ that includes a cocktail, mocktail and the ultimate celebratory cake which comprises layers of rich chocolate mousse perfectly balanced with tart rosella cremeux, to celebrate this significant milestone. Central to the series is the ingredient Milo, which has been a staple for generations of Singaporeans. To pay tribute to the hotel’s postal heritage, the Fullerton Concours Pandan Mousse Cake and Lychee Rose Cake was exclusively available during the three-day event.
To reflect Singapore’s heritage as a multicultural society, Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has specially created the Heritage Platter, featuring classic local favourites such as chicken satay, crispy chilli crabmeat bun and Peranakan delight kueh pie tee.
A celebration of heritage, inspiring innovation – heritage tours, art exhibitions, family activities and photography workshops
Visitors enjoyed the ‘After Dark Monumental Heritage Tours’, organised in collaboration with the Preservation of Sites and Monuments Board, to discover the rich history of The Fullerton Heritage precinct and the Fullerton Building.
Photography enthusiasts honed their skills by joining a workshop by Leica, featuring acclaimed local professional photographer KC Eng, to learn his photography techniques for cars, portraiture and interior architecture.