THE BIGGEST weekend of the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong's calendar was blessed with perfect weather recently, with Louis Vuitton sponsoring its Concours D'Elegance competition at Repulse Bay and the club's 24th annual show held in Chater Garden the following day. The concours competition was staged in the beautiful grounds of The Veranda restaurant on October 25, where 150 classic car owners and guests attended a jazz brunch before the serious matter of judging the cars got underway. With prizes for six categories of car on offer to the 29 entrants, competition was steep as some of Hong Kong's most worthy classics were scrutinised by a panel of judges. The cars had a less testing time the following day in Chater Garden as the Classic Car Club's packed annual outdoor exhibition gave enthusiasts and the public the opportunity to see the prize-winners and about 60 other classics - including rarities like The Peninsula hotel's stunning 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Sedanca De Ville, an original 1909 Ford T-Type and a mint 1966 Bentley S3 Continental. The prize for best coupe was greatly contested, with a wide selection of marques being entered. Three 1970s Ferrari 246s made an appearance, as did an MGB GT, Jaguar E-type 2+2, as well as a wonderfully original 1937 Ford V8 Coupe and Kwong Ming-ho's 1977 Datsun 260Z. Having a keen interest in Japanese classics, Ho did much of the interior restoration work himself and recreated interior sidesteps for this rare Datsun. In the end it was Paul Winkelman who picked up the prize for best coupe with his open-topped 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS. Winkelman is enthusiastic about running and maintaining older cars for enjoyment and was quick to point out that he used his Ferrari every day. Winning this prize was in many ways a testament to his belief that older cars could be driven often and still kept in show condition. Graham Allen was delighted to be named overall Concours winner, with his immaculate 1973 red Ferrari 246 GT Dino. An active member of the Classic Car Club and former chairman for two years, Allen was a judge in other categories and was quick to praise his competitors and their hands-on approach to running classic cars. 'It's nice to see people who have won their class or sub-class have actually put in the work themselves,' he says. 'I think for many of us, that's what owning one of these cars is about.' Notably, Allen's 246 was brought to Hong Kong from Britain earlier this year, and was the only car attending the competition on a Classic Car Club limited movement permit. He undertook a moderate restoration of the bodywork, interior detailing and engine-work in his Sai Kung workshop where his endeavours seem to have paid off - despite his insistence that there were some imperfections with his Dino. Eager to return next year with a better car pitted against what he expected to be even steeper competition, Allen took the opportunity to praise sponsors Louis Vuitton for raising the profile of the Classic Car Club over the past two years. Tony Cheung entered his pristine 1969 MG Midget in Old English White in the best convertible category and was narrowly beaten by MG Owners' Club chairman Nicholas Ratcliffe with his well-maintained - and well-used - black MG TC. Having owned this car since his university days in the late 1960s when he subjected the 1947 car to occasional 1,600km-a-week trips, Ratcliffe stored the vehicle for 20 years before bringing it to Hong Kong for a major restoration. A seasoned enthusiast, Ratcliffe says TCs are well-suited to MG and Classic Car Club trips to China, having excellent ground clearance, chassis rigidity and a fondness for the low-octane fuel found throughout the mainland. Other notable entrants in this category were David Thomas' previous concours-winning 1954 Singer roadster and Wilfred Ho's pristine, white Mercedes-Benz 190SL, which went on to win the best bodywork prize. Another Porsche took the best interior prize, this time Stephen Cheong's popular silver 356, which demonstrated his skill in the art of restoration with originality in mind. Competition in this field came from more German offerings, including a brace of well turned-out Volkswagen Beetle 1303s and a stunning 1958 Mercedes SL, also in silver. Competition for the best engine/chassis prize was no less fierce, with Douglas Moore's Jaguar E-type narrowly taking the prize over Tony Cheung's Midget and two very clean MGB roadsters entered by Colin Barlow and Isaias Ho respectively. Winner of the best saloon category deservedly went to a pleasantly surprised James Ogilvy-Stuart and his immaculate 1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Mark 1 presented in navy blue. Having owned the car since March, Ogilvy-Stuart was happy to acknowledge that the car's success was largely a credit to its previous owner. Ogilvy-Stuart plans to take the Shadow on Classic Car Club events over the coming year and was keen to recommend these cars as affordable alternatives to modern cars if well-maintained and regularly serviced. If you have been bitten by the classic bug, the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong is taking many of these cars to the 50th Macau Grand Prix which starts today, where they will be exhibited, raced and, most of all, appreciated.