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The Bridge: Rare cars, art, and a full luxury experience

Submitted by on September 26, 2018 – 12:34 pmNo Comment


The rolling hills of The Bridge golf club were alive with the sound of coveted classic and contemporary cars on Sept. 15 when the third annual edition of The Bridge graced the fairways and greens with over 100 rare automobiles and a contemporary art fair featuring 12 of the world’s most renowned art galleries. The event was a who’s who of leaders of industry whose passion for these rare four wheeled specimens was palpable.

The ghosts of racing past were happily haunting the exhibition as the site is the former home of the legendary Bridgehampton Race Circuit. The chance to see the detail of these fine machines was amazing – like a fashion week of Ferraris.

 

Notable cars from this year’s event included a 1957 Maserati 300S XKSS, one of 26 examples built and raced at LeMans, a 1952 Chrysler SWB Ghia Prototype Coupe exhibited at the Paris Auto Show in 1953 which remains the sole vehicle of its design, a 1965 Shelby GT350 R originally raced by famed American driver Mark Donahue, known as “Captain Nice” at The Bridge, and a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/$ Drophead Coupe by Graber.  In addition, the line-up included a smattering of European sports cars including a 1960 Lancia Flaminia SZ, multiple Air Cooled Porsches highlighted by a 1964 356C Cabriolet, and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Pininfarina Rondine Concept.  Even top notch collectors were uttering expressions of awe at the assembled exhibition.

 

It was the classic pink racing Porsche which caught my eye. As much as I would love the chance to put pedal to the metal I live in Sag Harbor with a village wide 20 mph speed limit which seems a bit like using an iPhone 9 just to make a phone call.

The event was a collaboration between Robert Rubin, who has owned the race circuit since 1981 and founded The Bridge golf club in 2002, and the event’s organizers: Shamin Abas, President of Shamin Abas Ultra-Luxury Brand Marketing & Business Development; and Jeffrey Einhorn, a Manhattan-based attorney.  The luxury line up included not only fine carts and art but other luxury lifestyle enticements. NetJets exhibited a full-size mock-up of their popular Bombardier Challenger 350; Riva showcased an Olympic 1973 motorboat alongside a dedicated Riva Lounge; and Bell Helicopter and their Bell 505 Jet Ranger X greeted guests upon arrival.

 

 

For me, I have a natural homing signal to any Spirit of Ecstasy, the bonnet ornament of the Rolls Royce. In this case it was their new SUV, the Cullinan which made me want to be a high-end soccer mom with extremely neat children. Another fantasy highlight was the Terrafugia’s new Transition prototype – the world’s first practical flying car. What’s better than an HOV lane on the LIE than to just pick up and fly Chitty Chitty Bang Bang style over the traffic.  The fine wines were provided by Sherry-Lehmann and gourmet bites from Smorgasburg to accompany the roving well-heeled guests enjoying the stunning September summer day.

 

In terms of telling high-end time, event sponsor Swiss watch manufacturer Richard Mille debuted a never-before-seen limited edition watch available exclusively for the Americas; the innovative RM 12-01 Tourbillion, featuring a manual winding movement that reinterprets the art and methods of watch design.  Also displayed were several of their newest timepieces, including the RM 25-01 Tourbillion Adventure Sylvester Stallone watch, one of only 25 produced, with two interchangeable bezels and a high-caliber compass. It created a whole new meaning of arm candy for the discerning men at the event.

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