After a successful first edition last November, the Chopard Classic Rally Dubai is back for a second run on November 9, 2018. The rally will again tour the wonders of the United Arab Emirates in the form of a classic car competition – an invitation-only event that celebrates historically significant automobiles.
The brand’s participation in many famous classic rallies embodies a unique relationship between Chopard and racing. “People say that lovers of fine cars also have a great weakness for fine timepieces and vice versa. Extreme precision and sporting elegance are important in both fields,” so said Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, a dedicated classic car enthusiast himself, upon launching the first Mille Miglia collection in 1998.
The close ties between these two worlds have been strengthened ever since, largely due to the impressive number of common denominators that naturally draw them together – the relationship with time, a passion for fine mechanics, as well as absolute concentration.
Organized by Chopard, along with partners Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and Emaar Properties, the Chopard Classic Rally Dubai puts to test the timing and navigation skills, driving abilities and the vehicles of the participating car enthusiasts.
“Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is once again proud to support the Chopard Classic Car Rally Dubai, which brings together some of the most exquisite classic cars in the world. In a way, the worlds of fine watchmaking and classic cars are intrinsically intertwined and there is no better way to celebrate that than through this magnificent race.” – Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer of Seddiqi Holding.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “Chopard Classic Rally Dubai has come to be a definitive event that highlights not only the diversity of classic cars from personal collections, but also the passion of classic car enthusiasts in preserving and building on the proud legacy. Flagging off from Downtown Dubai, the event will put the spotlight on the dedication and navigation skills of the classic car owners with an event that displays the diversity of Dubai’s offerings. Through our partnership, we are underlining our commitment to events that add to the positivity of the community.”
Starting from the iconic Burj Khalifa, set in the heart of Emaar’s mega-development Downtown Dubai, the rally map will follow a challenging itinerary throughout the UAE’s enchanting landscapes; from Dubai to Hatta. Winners of the rally will be announced during the awards ceremony that will be held on the same evening.
French Race car driver and Chopard’s ambassador Romain Dumas will also take part in the Classic Rally, taking the challenge to a whole new level. “I’m very excited to participate in the second edition of this regularity rally in the UAE. I have no doubt it will be a memorable experience and I’m looking forward to a great rally”, said Romain Dumas.
To celebrate this prestigious event, Chopard has dedicated to the Middle Eastern Classic racing enthusiasts a 20-piece limited edition watch – L.U.C 1937 Classic Rally Dubai Special Edition. Rare, understated and refined, this high-performance, high-precision timepiece features a dark chronometer and will be unveiled on the day of the race.