Impressions: 2019 Dubai Motor Show

Every other year, the Dubai International Motor Show delights automotive enthusiasts from across the region. Showcasing everything between new car releases, prototypes, exotics, customs and classics, the Dubai Motor Show always has a multitude of high-octane attractions for everyone attending.

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The biggest theme in this 2019 edition seemed to be electrification. And although not really our cup of tea (for the time being), we could not but be impressed at some of the new cars on display, especially the sleek Aspark OWL, with a top speed of 280kph and a range of 300 kilometres —not bad at all!

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Ever since 2015, we definitely feel a growing presence of Chinese car manufacturing as well. The Asian giant’s manufacturing capabilities are improving year to year, slowly distancing their car industry from derivative designs. Of all the Chinese cars showcased in 2019, we got a kick out of the Hongqi L5, the equivalent of the Mercedes Grand 600 as the vehicle of choice for heads of state. The retro styling and sheer size of the car captured a lot of the visitors’ attention during the show.

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In our particular case, we have showcased fifteen of our finest cars this year, with two special chronological series on the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes SL. While at it, we were able to make some last-minute adjustments and have our very own world premiere for our 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. See a video of our display below!

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Finally, we had the immense honour to meet and talk cars with Eddie Jordan, the F1 heavyweight and former Top Gear host responsible for Michael Schumacher’s debut. A true living legend!

All in all, we believe this to be one of our most successful editions of the Dubai Motor Show to date. The event’s coordination was right on point, and our team worked tirelessly towards making our stand one of the most liked ones at the show. We’d like to thank all of you, old and new friends, who visited us at the World Trade Center this month —we couldn’t have made it without you! We hope to see you in the next edition, in 2021.

A night to remember: Don Law

Dubai’s position in the supercar firmament grants us incredible opportunities to collaborate with legends of the automotive world. At the end of June 2019, Tomini Classics partnered with Veloce Life and Bremont Watches to bring Jaguar XJ220 extraordinaire Don Law, the most trusted authority on Jaguar’s flagship supercar of the 1990’s.

Based off Stoke-on-Kent, in the UK, Don Law Racing is a family-run business specializing in the mighty Jaguar XJ220, the brand’s limited-production car and Ferrari F40 challenger. After the XJ220 project was terminated by Jaguar, Don Law Racing bought all the tooling and spare parts and continued to perform maintenance and upgrades for the limited number of owners who still owned an XJ220.

In this special night, we gathered over 60 people eager to hear about Don Law’s experience with the brand and the car itself. With an actual XJ220 provided by Veloce Life and a display of watches courtesy of Bremont, the event became an octane-infused success.

Veloce Life is newly established brand seeking to bring together car enthusiasts from around the region and provide a new opportunity for consumers and fans of luxury lifestyle brands to experience unique products. Ranging from cars to watches as well as art pieces, they create experiences unlike any other.

The Bremont Watch Company is a award-winning British watch manufacturer founded in 2002, inspired by a love and passion for aviation, engineering adventure. In this particular event, Bremont displayed a special collection in tribute to the legendary models of the Jaguar Motorcar brand.

Photography courtesy of Tom Richardson for Veloce Life.

Blue Cavallino: our 599 GTZ Nibbio Zagato

Few cars at Tomini Classics have garnered as much attention from the media as our 2007 Ferrari 599 GTZ. From our first reveal on our Instagram to its appearance on Supercar Blondie’s channel, its design and rarity have made it an instant hit.

Originally born as a 2007 GTB, one of 40 manual gearbox 599 models to ever leave the factory, this car was delivered new to us in our Kuwaiti branch. Given its rarity, we purchased the car; however, we wished to take it a step further. Back in the mid-2010’s, Zagato opened up nine lucky slots in a series of bespoke, completely custom-built bodies for the 599 GTB. We opted for the last slot, and submitted the only manual car of the nine, keeping with our purist philosophy and honoring the original 250 GTZ LWB Tour de France in its colour scheme and configuration: two-tone paint, front V12 and manual gearbox. In this 599 GTZ series, one or two were GTO specification; much more powerful but lacking the analog charm of the original.

Completely coachbuilt in carbon fibre, the 599 GTZ features a few bespoke touches in the interior, while still retaining all 599 GTB switchgear. The engine and gearbox have not been altered in any way, yet they do not deprive the car of a unique exhaust note in line with the car’s own personality.

We not only consider ourselves lucky to be the guardians of this car in its short stay with us: we also take great pride in sponsoring the House of Zagato to imbue its essence into our car, and knowing we formed part of automotive history in doing so.

Photographs courtesy of Shivaum Punjabi at The Cornea Impression.

Doug DeMuro visits Tomini Classics

Doug DeMuro, the well-known automotive journalist and YouTube celebrity, has hit the shores of Dubai ready to review some of the quirks and features in some of the rarest cars in the region. In this new partnership, Tomini Classics and Doug DeMuro have teamed up to offer audiences worldwide a more intimate look at the exotics of yesteryear: our 1963 Ferrari 250GT Lusso, our 1973 Lamborghini Espada and our 1971 Maserati Ghibli are some of the cars he has reviewed, to finally assign them his personal ‘Dougscore’ on a scale of zero to 100.

Here is one of the videos we shot with Doug:

Originally from Denver and currently based in Philadelphia, Doug DeMuro started his career at Porsche of North America, eventually founding his own YouTube channel in 2013 and becoming a contributing writer to Autotrader Oversteer in late 2016. He has over one million YouTube subscribers to date and is acclaimed as one of the most notable car journalists in this medium.

Chopard Rally 2017: Announcement

Chopard, along with partner Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and Emaar Properties present the first edition of the Chopard Classic Rally Dubai, a two-day demanding competitive regularity rally. This rally will take place on November 10th and 11th bringing together 30 teams, which will pilot from Dubai in their vintage automobiles along some of the beautiful enchanting scenery of the UAE deserts, mountains and roads.

The first edition of the ultimate Chopard Classic Rally Dubai

The Chopard Classic Rally Dubai is a rigorous test of timing and navigational skills, offering to 60 aficionados the opportunity to challenge their driving abilities. Starting from the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai, set in the heart of Emaar’s mega-development Downtown Dubai, and going towards the northern emirates, passing by Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, the rally map follows a different challenging itinerary each day throughout the UAE lands with the Hatta and Jebel Jais mountains as main landscapes. A gala dinner will be held on the evening of the final day during which the winners of the regularity will be rewarded.

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard Co-President and a passionate driver of collector’s cars, will be taking part in this first edition, competing along with legendary pilot Jacky Ickx.

Chopard is proud to have prestigious partners for the event sharing the same enthusiasm for classic cars. Emaar Properties, a key supporter of automotive events in the UAE as a Platinum sponsor for this inaugural rally. As well as other esteemed Bronze sponsors: Michelin, the leading French tyre manufacturer, Tomini Classics group, Dubai’s premier classic car showroom and gallery and Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority which aims through this rally to boast an array of breath-taking natural vistas in Ras Al Khaimah.

A passion for Classic Racing

“People say that lovers of fine cars also have a great weakness for fine timepieces and vice versa. In both cases, sporting elegance and outstanding performance are especially important. ” The words given in 1988 by Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele – himself a dedicated classic car enthusiast – upon launching the first Mille Miglia collection, ring as true today as ever. The brand’s participation in many famous classic rallies embodies a unique relationship between Chopard and racing.

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. These include constant innovation, a tireless quest for performance and excellence, unfailing respect for traditions, the supreme importance of details – and of course a shared passion for mechanical engineering.

“There has always been a historical relation between the world of fine watchmaking and classic cars; both use highly mechanical components that are assembled in such a way to give power to an engine that is presented in beautiful cases. Some of the most iconic examples of classic cars will be on show during this prestigious event and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is proud to support the first chapter of the Chopard Classic Car Rally in the Middle East ”– said Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Office of Seddiqi Holding.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “More than a personal hobby, classic car collection is a passion for many enthusiast in the UAE. Classic cars are part of the automotive history and tell us stories of how technology and human creativity has helped create automotive masterpieces. Chopard Classic Rally Dubai is a unique event that celebrates the love for classic cars and the trills of a rally across our nation.”

L.U.C Time of the Desert, a limited series

Marking the first Chopard Classic Rally Dubai 2017 held throughout the United Arab Emirates on November 10th and 11th, Chopard launches the L.U.C Time Traveler One – Time of the Desert.  Produced in a 20-piece limited series with a refined sand colour dial recalling the golden sun-soaked dunes of the UAE, this timekeeper with its exceptional finishing is an indispensable instrument for the Emirati gentleman travellers embracing the world. Two of these watches will be offered to the first place winners of the Chopard Classic Rally Dubai 2017.

About Chopard

Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded his own workshop in 1860 in Sonvillier, the Swiss Jura. Since 1963, Chopard is owned by the Scheufele family and its headquarters are located in Geneva. Internationally renowned for its watch and jewellery creations, the Group today employs over 2000 people worldwide. It is independent and vertically very integrated, controlling the entire process from design to distribution. Over 30 different crafts are practised in three manufacturing sites with a strong emphasis on in-house training. Chopard has built its reputation on iconic collections such as “Happy Diamonds”, “Happy Sport” and “Mille Miglia”. The firm is also highly recognized for its High Jewellery creations and fine watchmaking and manufacture expertise, expressed in the L.U.C collection. Chopard is a faithful partner of the Cannes International Film Festival and legendary classic car events, such as the Mille Miglia in Italy and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

According to two of its fundamental values, respect and social responsibility, Chopard is strongly committed to various philanthropic organizations. In 2013, Chopard launched “The Journey”; a multi-year programme deepening its commitment to sustainable luxury, by sourcing from businesses that are demonstrably committed to responsible, ethical, social and environmental practices.

About Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons

Curators of time since 1950, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is the Middle East’s most trusted destination for luxury watches and jewellery. Recognised today as a pioneer among the leading retailers in the region, the family owned-and-run company represents more than 60 luxury timepiece brands across 65 locations in the UAE.

An advocate of horology in the region’s retail landscape, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons continues to create sustainable platforms for watchmaking and servicing, supporting watch enthusiasts and collectors in the region to increase their passion and understanding of the art of timekeeping.

Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons prides itself in offering unparalleled customer service across pre and post-sale dimensions. Led by the passion and credibility of the second, third and fourth generations of Seddiqi family members, the organisation delivers a dynamic commitment to preserving and enhancing the preservation, creation and innovation of watchmaking for decades to come.

About Emaar Properties PJSC

Emaar Properties PJSC, listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is a global property developer and provider of premium lifestyles, with a significant presence in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. One of the world’s largest real estate companies, Emaar has a land bank of 188 million sq. m in the UAE and key international markets.

With a proven track record in delivery, Emaar has delivered over 43,200 residential units in Dubai and other global markets since 2001. Emaar has strong recurring revenue generating assets with over 690,000 sq. m of leasing revenue generating assets and 17 hotels and resorts with over 3,400 rooms. Today, around 60 per cent of the Emaar’s revenue is from its shopping malls & retail, hospitality & leisure and international subsidiaries.

Burj Khalifa, a global icon, and The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, are among Emaar’s trophy developments. Emaar has now launched a magnificent new tower that will serve as the centerpiece of the Dubai Creek Harbor development.

About Michelin

Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably

designing and distributing the most suitable tyres, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 111,700 employees and operates 68 production facilities in 17 countries, which together produced 187 million tyres in 2016.

About Tomini Classics

While the story behind Tomini Group stretches as far back as the 1950’s, Tomini’s collection originated in January 2010, when the Chairman purchased his first classic car, a 1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-litre coupé. This purebred would later be joined by dozens of other select classics from all four corners of the world in what would eventually become Tomini Classics, Dubai’s premier classic car showroom and gallery, the first and finest postwar classic car collection in the Middle East. When designing the company headquarters in 2014, the Classics Department was given a purpose-built space, one where all cars could be displayed, stored and inspected by customers in the best possible conditions. Divided in two sections —the showroom and the private ‘vault’- Tomini’s collection rotates on a periodic basis, maintaining a diverse and colourful variety of driving machines for enthusiasts and collectors to enjoy.

About Ras Al Khaimah

One of the world’s fastest growing tourism destinations, Ras Al Khaimah boasts a rich culture and long-standing history dating back 7,000 years. The Emirate boasts an array of archaeological sites and breath-taking natural vistas, from golden sand beaches, awe-inspiring terracotta dunes and a green belt of date palms to Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.

About Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA)

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA) was established in May 2011 under the government of Ras Al Khaimah. In order to achieve target growth of one million visitors by the end of 2018, the authority aims to develop the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and establish Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for leisure and business travel, creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. In order to achieve its goals, the Ras Al Khaimah TDA has a government mandate to license, regulate and monitor the emirate’s tourism and hospitality industry.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Chopard Middle East Office

Cyntia Bsoussi – Regional PR Manager
Tel: +971 4 554 15 00

Jannarelly and Tomini Classics team up

View and download the official press release in pdf format by clicking on this link.

We are pleased to announce that from July 2017 Tomini Classics, the automotive division on Tomini Group, will become the exclusive distributor of Jannarelly cars in the GCC. Ever since the unveiling of the brand’s DESIGN-1 concept car at the Tomini Gallery on May 25th of last year, we have worked steadily on laying new bridges between the two brands.

We believe Jannarelly’s approach to building sportscars aligns perfectly with the core values of Tomini Classics: a deep appreciation for design virtuosity, high regard for material craftsmanship, and a driver-focused experience. Jannarelly’s first production car, the DESIGN-1, perfectly embodies those qualities in a modern tribute to 1960’s motoring.

The Jannarelly DESIGN-1 is a rear-wheel-drive, 2­-seater roadster with a steel tubular frame and structural aluminium panels for the chassis. It is fitted with a mid-­rear, 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-­valve engine. The body is largely made of lightweight materials, mostly fibreglass and carbon fibre.

Tomini Classics and Jannarelly will further their collaboration in a limited Tomini Classics edition of the DESIGN-1, combining design elements of some of the collection’s most iconic cars. Amongst these customized touches will be hound’s tooth upholstery in the style of early Porsche 911’s, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and burgundy red paintwork identical to the one on the vintage Italian sportscar that Assyl Yacine, Head of Tomini Classics, drove to the Jannarelly headquarters to sign the contract between the two companies.

We look forward to a fruitful relationship with one of the country’s most innovative automakers, one that will add to the diversity of the UAE automotive scene and the Middle Eastern motoring world in general.

About Tomini Classics

The UAE’s premier classic car collection and showroom. Originally conceived in 2010 as a private car collection, it expanded to its current stock of 90+ cars, ranging from the mid-1930’s until today. Primarily composed of post-war European sportscars, this Pebble-Beach-awarded collection regularly maintains and exercises its vast fleet of collectible automobiles.

About Jannarelly Automotive

A joint venture between Lykan Hypersport designer Anthony Jannarelly and material composites entrepreneur Frederic Juillot, Jannarelly Automotive is a Dubai-based company currently working on a retro-futuristic sportscar, inspired by the great legends of 1960’s motoring.