2016 Luxury and Supercar weekend showcases over $200 million dollars worth of exotic and high-end vehicles.
Breitling, Veuve Clicquot and Yves Saint Laurent are are all luxury brands that one would expect to be synonymous with events like New York Fashion Week or even the Toronto International Film Festival. However, this past weekend, Vancouverites had the opportunity to sample the latest and greatest from each of these high end brands blended with the most exotic vehicles available in the country at the 2016 Vancouver Luxury and Supercar Weekend.
Now in its seventh year held at the spectacular VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Great Lawn, the event showcased an opulent combination of automotive design, fashion, watches, alongside specialty foods, wines and spirits.
“This is the most important luxury lifestyle automotive event in Canada… it’s the event where affluent couples come to enjoy fashion, food, wine and supercars”, said Craig Stowe, President and Founder of the Luxury and Supercar Weekend
For those of you familiar with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance or The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering held in California every year, this could be regarded as the proportionally smaller Canadian equivalent.
In fact, this show has gained enough notoriety that many vehicles were transported up from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, for their Canadian premieres. These included the stunning $2.5+ million Bugatti Chiron, a $551,000 Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith, the pre-production Aston Martin DB11, the $2.6+ million Pagani Huayra, and various Bentleys of all kinds on display.
Audi Canada even used the weekend as the North American premiere of their 2018 A5 two-door coupe; a model that doesn’t go on sale till spring of 2017.
Thousands of automotive enthusiasts, both young and old, were in for a weekend-long treat as bedroom poster pin-up classic cars, exotic supercars, and luxury sedans were packed into this 25 acre-sized garden party.
With tickets starting at $50 for General Admission, and $100 for VIP, the crowd was certainly dressed to impress and more upscale than what you would find at your typical auto show held in a convention centre. It was no surprise then, that many manufacturers were comfortable letting show-goers get up close and personal with their expensive or unique products.
Want to sit in a Audi S8 Plus or an R8 supercar? No problem. Even the folks at The BMW Store, McLaren Vancouver, and the Rolls-Royce dealer will let you take a photo in your favourite vehicle if you ask nicely.
Sensing a unique opportunity to tap into qualified customers for future business, the newly-launched Genesis (by Hyundai) were also on hand. Hyundai used this opportunity to showcase the regional launch of their Genesis luxury brand and their new G80 and G90 luxury sedans. A smart idea since customers were able to compare it to the similarily-sized Audi and BMW vehicles right next door.
In the same vein, for those wanting a really special dining experience, Hawksworth Restaurant, the four-time winner as the best upscale restaurant in Vancouver, offered a unique pop-up restaurant on-site. Chef David Hawksworth featured a full three-course brunch and lunch set menu with items selected from or inspired by his normal dining menus.
There was also a live supercar auction by ADESA, featuring Range Rovers, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Mercedes-Benzes, as well as fashion shows by Oakridge Centre Mall featuring DKNY, Hudson’s Bay, Harry Rosen, Michael Kors, and much more.
While the flamboyant enjoyment of supercars up close in action was fun, the other main attractions featured iconic and classic models of automobile creations.
With it being the 100th anniversary of the BMW brand, this year’s main special tribute collection included an extensive display of privately-owned BMWs.
Likewise, with it being the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura, such an example was on display next to an array of the latest models from the company. We were absolutely exhilarated to see a Lamborghini Countach and LM002 SUV placed next to each other.
If tuned vehicles tickle your fancy, there was also a whole SEMA-like aftermarket section that featured a slew of modified and customized vehicles. Vancouver vehicle wrap company, WrapWorkz, showcased their latest and greatest, included a matte vinyl wrapped Tesla Model X, and a customized Land Rover Defender owned by SVI Special Vehicles International. Even Japanese car tuner Liberty Walk was on-hand with a trio of their modified wares.
With Vancouver having more supercars per capita than anywhere in Canada, this year’s Luxury and Supercar weekend goes to prove once again just how much eye candy that car enthusiasts in this area have to look forward to year round.
Photos: Andrew Ling