Vancouver hosted the seventh annual Luxury and Supercar Weekend this year, taking advantage of the beautiful grounds of Van Dusen Botanical Gardens to present a real cavalcade of glorious automobiles. For individuals committed to the luxurious lifestyle – or for those who just like to dream – the cars on display were breathtaking and exciting. Automotive news outlets were buzzing with excitement over the amazing displays.
A number of elite automakers were represented at the 2016 event, among them Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, and Aston Martin. A supercar is, by definition, a high-performance sports vehicle or grand touring car of which very few are produced. Supercars are destined for a very specific consumer, one whose tastes in automobiles are very discriminating, and who has the means to afford such a car. On display at Van Dusen Gardens this year were a number of the 2017 models on offer along with a collection of supercar classics such as a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and a 1954 Pre-A Porsche.
A new feature at the 2016 Luxury and Supercar Weekend was the Live Car Auction, at which $10 million worth of supercars were opened to live bids by ticketholders.
The key word in the Vancouver show was “luxury,” and the show truly delivered that to its VIP ticketholders. The VIPs bought their tickets for $100 each, getting access not only to the automotive displays but also to the free food and beverage area and the Oakridge Only Fashion Show that took place at the weekend event. The general admission ticket went for $25. Both tickets allowed access to the Canadian Concours d’Elegance, the auto show also held in September at the Cobble Beach Golf Resort on Georgia Bay.
The Vancouver show this year preceded its European counterpart, the Mondial de l’Automobile held in Paris during the first two weeks of October. For auto aficionados, the biennial Paris Motor Show is the crème de la crème of luxury cars events. It’s also the world’s oldest, biggest, and most prestigious car event.
Since 1898 the Paris Motor Show has featured not only the concept cars of the luxury automakers, but also the new lines from all the major manufacturers. With tickets going for just 16€ (34€ for an adult with 2 children), the show is going to attract a much more general audience. And from Opel’s tiny Ampera-e through to Peugeot’s huge SUV 5008, there’s sure to be something to appeal to everyone.
The Porte de Versaille at the Paris Expo is set to welcome over one and a quarter million visitors from around the world, eager to view the displays of nearly 200 automotive firms. Expect to enjoy many of the new models from classic French automakers such as Citroen, Renault, and Peugeot, as well as the new lines from smaller French companies. But the “mondial” in the Paris Motor Show’s name underlines the fact that this show glories in its international features. There will be North American firms present, of course. But Asian manufacturers will have plenty of models on display, as will automakers from Europe and Asia.
There will be several notable names missing, however, from the Paris show this year. The Swedish firm Volvo, for example, pulled out of Paris in order to show at the Geneva Motor Show, a very similar event and one more convenient to its headquarters at Gothenburg. Japanese automaker Mazda also declined the Paris show this year. More surprisingly, US auto giant Ford won’t be showing at the Paris Motor Show for 2016. Ford is insisting that it’s going to host its own events in a variety of European cities.