Monday, October 4, 2010

LE MANS WINNER, DEREK BELL GEARS UP FOR SYDNEY VISIT

Le Mans Winner Derek Bell Prepares For Honorary Judging Role 


5 Times Le Mans winner, Derek Bell MBE will arrive on Australian shores the first week in October as he prepares for the role as an official judge at the first Concours d'Elegance Australia on October 10th at Manly's St Patrick Estate.

Derek Reginald Bell MBE (born 31 October 1941 in Pinner, Middlesex) is a former racing driver from England who was extremely successful in sportscar racing, winning 5 times at Le Mans. He also raced in Formula One for the Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno teams.

He won two World Sportscar Championship titles in 1985-86, the 24 Hours of Daytona three times in 1986-87 and 1989 and Le Mans five times in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987, mostly teamed with Jacky Ickx in one of the Porsche 936 and Porsche 956/Porsche 962 models. Ickx/Bell is nowadays considered as one of the most famous pairings in motorsport history.

Bell was awarded the MBE in 1986 for services to motorsport.

Derek said: "I have always enjoyed Australia and from my early days racing with Chris Amon in Ferraris at Warwick Farm on the Tasman series, plus Sam Movizio's enthusiasm and passion for cars encouraged me to be part in what I anticipate will be a wonderful event."

Chairman of Concours d'Elegance Australia, Sam Movizio said: "We are delighted to have Derek Bell as our Chief Honorary Judge. Being one of the most successful endurance racers of all time, he will no doubt bring something extra special to the event."

To interview Derek Bell MBE please contact Adrian De Brock on 02) 9699 2000/ 0431 341 565 or adrian@marksonsparks.com

The countdown has begun as Sydney prepares for $100 million worth of luxury, classic, new and concept cars and motorcycles to converge on St Patrick's Estate, 151 Darley Rd, Manly as part of the first Concours d'Elegance Australia on Sunday 10th October, 2010 (10-10-10), from 10am till 5pm.


Countdown to Concours d'Elegance Australia. 


The countdown has begun as Sydney prepares for $100 million worth of luxury, classic, new and concept cars and motorcycles to converge on St Patrick's Estate, 151 Darley Rd, Manly as part of the first Concours d'Elegance Australia on Sunday 10th October, 2010 (10-10-10), from 10am till 5pm.

For the first time Concours d'Elegance Australia will host the internationally acclaimed event, where cars and motorcycles will be vying for the ultimate status of "Best of Show" judged by former racing driver and five times Le Mans winner, Derek Bell, MBE and a number of other key judges. Concours d'Elegance Australia is as much about style, fashion and elegance as it is a celebration of the enjoyment of amazing and exotic automobiles and motorcycles.

Little River Band's Glenn Shorrock will perform some of his biggest hits on the day and keeping in the spirit of fashionable cars, ladies will also get to experience the latest in fashion by Charlie Brown, with a fashion show commencing at 12pm. Prizes will also be awarded for the best dressed lady and couple on the day judged by a celebrity panel. If it all becomes a little too exhausting, there is a ladies marquee to indulge the mind and body; flowing with champagne, hair stations by Toni & Guy, manicures and much more to pamper and re-charge.

Chairman of Concours d'Elegance Australia and car enthusiast, Sam Movizio introduced the idea of Concours d'Elegance Australia back in 2008. An avid fan and attendee of Concours such as Pebble Beach, Quail and Goodwood, he believes that this prestigious event can really gain momentum in Australia. "We're behind the rest of the world in this regard and it's time we had a top-quality Australian event", he says.

Key sponsors include; Vittoria Coffee, Glasurit, SAPE, Lumley Special Vehicles, Ferrari Maserati Sydney, Alfa Romeo, Trivett, Pommery Champagne, Frederique Constant Geneve, Fairline, Cable Beach Club, Mount Pleasant, Peroni Italy, Faber-Castell, Luxury Brands Australia and many more.

Since its launch on 26th October 2009, Movizio and his team have been striving hard to bring this elegant automotive competition to fruition. With the venue set and the wheels firmly in motion, Concours d'Elegance Australia is on track to set a high benchmark for future Concours events.

Concours d'Elegance Pty Ltd is governed by an Executive Committee and specialist committees responsible for the preparation and the staging of this inaugural event. They are collectors in their own rights and members of some of the country's most important prestige car clubs.

For more information log onto: www.101010.com.au  
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