November sees Private Motor Club returning to Dubai as media partners of the Chopard Classic Rally – Dubai.
A two day regularity rally taking place on some of our favourite roads in the region, a huge thanks goes out to our friends at PureDrive Automotive who have played a significant role in the organisation of this event and recommended Private Motor Club, they also played a part in bringing together some cool cars through the guys at Tomini Classics. Open to rare classic and vintage cars only, the 30 lucky entrants will set out from the iconic Burj Khalifa and venture out to places such as the fantastic Jais mountain road and Hatta Fort. After two days of hard driving entrants will attend the finale gala dinner at the Armani Hotel.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard Co-President and a well known classic car enthusiast, will be taking part in this first edition, competing along with legendary racing driver Jacky Ickx, six time winner of the world famous Le Mans 24hr.
Thanks to Karl-Friedrich, Chopard is already intrinsically linked to motorsport with their long standing relationship as timekeeper for the Mille Miglia. Upon the launch of Chopard’s first Mille Miglia collection back in 1988 Karl-Friedrich commented “People say that lovers of fine cars also have a great weakness for fine timepieces and vice versa. In both cases, sporting elegance and outstanding performance are especially important.” Almost 30 years later those words still ring true with most car enthusiasts.
To celebrate the rally Chopard has launched the L.U.C Time Traveler One – Time of the Desert. Produced in a 20-piece limited series with a refined sand colour dial recalling the golden sun-soaked dunes of the UAE. I am sure we will see a few entrants wearing them over the weekend.
Our car for the Chopard Classic Rally will be a gorgeous metallic brown Porsche 911 930 Turbo from the Tomini Collection. While we are covering the rally as media – with a full feature in issue four of Private Motor Club out in December – we also have our sights set on overall victory, easier said than done with challenging timed stages where average speed is everything.
We welcome the challenge, the opportunity to make new friends and drive some of our favourite roads with the guys from PureDrive Automotive and Tomini Classics. Stay tuned for updates on our social channels over the coming weeks.
Below is the itinerary for the rally, we hope to see you along the route, come and say hello.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017
7:00am – Participants’ Arrival at Armani – Armani hotel
9:00am – Departure from hotel – Armani hotel
11:35am – Brunch/ Lunch – Hatta Fort Hotel
1:55pm – Time Control – Mleiha archaeological Center Sharjah
3:45pm – 1st car heads back to Armani – Armani hotel
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017
7:30am – Participants’ Arrival at Armani – Armani hotel
8:30am – Departure from hotel – Armani hotel
09:50am – Breakfast – Ritz Al Wadi RAK
11:50am – Top of Jebel Jais – Jebel Jais RAK
1:35pm–2:20pm – Lunch – Waldorf Astoria RAK
2:20pm – 1st car heads back to Armani – Armani hotel
8:00pm – Gala dinner – Armani hotel Ballroom
And here’s a little teaser of what lies ahead…