Coming in October 2016: Europe’s finest ‘medieval’ vintage car rally, sponsored by Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa
Malta’s Grande Dame hotel, Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, will once again sponsor the island’s iconic Malta Classic, one of Europe’s finest vintage car rallies. This year’s Malta Classic, 6-9 October 2016, will feature a Hill Climb, Concours d’Elegance, practice and timed laps, and the final race on the circuit outside Mdina’s fortifications.
Formerly known as the Mdina Grand Prix, the Malta Classic is a four-day classic car and lifestyle event held 6-9 October. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the event celebrates vintage style against an historic backdrop. This year will see 70 participants from England, Italy, France, Malta and Switzerland. A variety of notable makes will form the grid, including Riley, Alvis, Ferrari, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Talbot. The organising committee is also accepting expressions of interest from non-members who’d like to make a contribution.
“For the third consecutive year, we at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa are thrilled to be sponsoring the Malta Classic, an event synonymous with charm and elegance,” says General Manager David Woodward. “As the Malta Classic brand continues to evolve, it fits ever-better with our own dedication to celebrating and providing the very best things in life, from top-quality food and wine, to excellent service, accommodation and events.”
On 6 October, the Malta Classic opens with the Hill Climb at the Pennellu Hill, which will be followed by a party in Mellieħa for overseas drivers. The following day, the Malta Classic Concours d’Elegance will celebrate the power and beauty of classics in the heart of Mdina, where select car collectors are invited to unveil their historic models. Entertainment, period dress and refreshments will add to the delight of visitors.
The challenging circuit, outside Mdina’s fortifications, awaits drivers on 8 October, and on 9 October the races on the Malta Classic Grand Prix Circuit will commence, bringing out the very best performances by car and driver. The weekend will draw to a close with an awards ceremony hosted at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa.
This annual event was founded in October 2007, when French entrepreneur and classic car enthusiast Thierry Giovannini organised Malta’s first ever Classic Car Grand Prix on the ring road of Valletta, bringing some of Europe’s finest classic cars to Malta to tour the island and race wheel to wheel on the Valletta circuit. In April 2009, enthusiasts brought together by this event set up the Valletta Grand Prix Foundation to carry on what Giovannini had started. In 2011, the event was transferred to its current home in Mdina.
About Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa
Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is the original flagship of Corinthia Hotels, opened in 1968. Located in the heart of the island of Malta, adjacent to the Presidential Palace, the 150-room five-star Corinthia Palace exudes grace and historic charm. It is positioned between the island’s capital Valletta and Mdina, the picturesque medieval silent city that is still inhabited till this day. This opulent hotel offers the leisure guest an extensive range of facilities, including the Athenaeum Spa and Health Club, complete with a wide range of revitalising treatments and indoor and outdoor pools. With a century-old restored villa as its main dining venue, this hotel is all about warmth, personal attention, and traditional elegance. The hotel boasts top-class restaurants, including Rickshaw, offering Asian-fusion dishes, and the al fresco Summer Kitchen. For corporate guests, modern business facilities are available, with a large conference room easily accommodating 450 delegates, and six syndicate rooms including two boardrooms for smaller groups. Corinthia Palace is a 21st-century stately hotel, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is an award-winning member of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.