MORE than $200 million worth of cars and modern art were on display last week when Pt Leo Estate hosted the Motorists Concours d’Elégance.
The event saw car, art and food and wine enthusiasts view about 100 of concours and preservation-state cars.
Pt Leo Estate, home to a $70 million art collection, was kept by the Gandel family as a winery and private retreat for many years but is now a sculpture park with 330 hectares of landscaping featuring works by Australian and overseas artists.
Together with her husband John, Pauline Gandel has combined a knowledge of sculpture parks around the world with an eye for major works to build a collection that is claimed to be unrivalled in Australia.
Vehicles on show ranged from the early 1900s brass era to modern supercars, some worth more than $20 million.
The concours aimed to showcase the history of the automobile in its context of sporting and artistic merit.
Estate general manager Roger Lancia said the Motorists Concours d’Elégance was an opportunity to show international visitors how diverse tourism is on the peninsula.
“It was also a great opportunity to extend the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix carnival by a week and, most importantly, to regional Victoria,” he said.