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It’s Pedal to the High End Metal for The Bridge’s Classic Car and Art Celebration

Submitted by on September 19, 2017 – 3:10 pmNo Comment

 

There are a few magical days where time seems to stop and past and present blend in a perfect mix. The Bridge presented by Richard Mille celebrated the best of automotive past and present with a bit of high end aviation mixed in. The cherry on the top of the classic car cocktail was a contemporary art fair featuring six world renowned contemporary galleries. As any woman worth her feminine wiles knows, this event is what we could call a major guy magnet.

Held at The Bridge golf club on hallowed land which was the home of the former Bridgehampton Race Circuit you could certainly hear a voice call out, “Gentlemen start your engines.”

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The brain child of Robert Rubin who founded The Bridge golf club in 2002, Manhattan-based attorney and auto enthusiast Jeffrey Einhorn and one of the loveliest ladies in the luxe world, Shamin Abas, President of Shamin Abas Public Relations & Special Events, the event in its second year was a show stopper.

 

Rubin commented, “This is not your traditional concours. There are no formalities, no judging… just a great selection of cars, rarely seen together anywhere else.”

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Notable cars from this year’s event included a 1957 Jaguar XKSS, the first of sixteen built, a 1957 Porsche Speedster, originally raced by factory driver Lake Underwood and a veteran of the Bridgehampton Race Circuit, and a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette NART LeMans race car, one of 17 Corvettes to have competed at LeMans. In addition, the line up included multiple Ford GT40s, Mercedes 300SLs, both gullwings and roadsters, and a 1976 Lamborghini Periscopo.

Guests were also treated to NetJets Cessna Citation Latitude and Bell Helicopter’s Bell 429 VVIP.  Both clearly the best ways to get to the Hamptons if your vintage Jag is in the shop.

We ladies have our jewels but the gents enjoyed perusing the fine time pieces from Richard Mille.  Who wants to look at their iPhone 8 to check the time when you can have one of these wonders draping your wrist.

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Wafting through the air of aspiration was also a bit of nostalgia.  A local recalled the famed Stop Light Grand Prix races in East Hampton where occasionally on a full moon the locals might race without lights. While good sense now prevails there is still something about the sense of power and speed and excitement which permeated the undulating hills and well-manicured greens. The wheel-spoke designed modern club house from architect Roger Ferris appropriately crowned the grounds.

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The new art fair component this year was organized by Suzanne Butler, Max Levai, Pascal Spengemann and artist Lars Fisk.  It featured select works from Marlborough Contemporary, David Zwirner, David Kordansky, CANADA Gallery, Karma, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash presented within Lars Fisk-designed doublewide shipping containers.

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What an amazing ride – sad to see the checkered flag.

Presenting sponsor for the event was Richard Mille.  Other partners include Bell Helicopter, NetJets, McLaren, Pagani, Karma Automotive, Burgess, Uovo, Sherry-Lehmann and Nicholas Brawer.

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