SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2002 – Jaguar North America is pleased to once again sponsor the second annual Gauthier Classic Car Rally, taking place October 25 – 28 throughout Arizona's scenic desert landscape. The Gauthier Classic will feature approximately 40 of the world’s finest classic cars, as well as a sampling of Jaguar’s current vehicles.
The classic automobiles participating in this year’s Classic have been chosen because they were built before 1971, are of European make, bear some historical significance and were only produced in limited quantity.
"It is quite an experience to view such an impressive group of vehicles gathered together for one single event," says Simon Sproule, vice president, Communications and Marketing Services, Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America. "Jaguar North America is honored to support such a special event that is a true combination of art and performance."
The exceptional collector cars that will be taking part in the event include several Jaguars, among which will be a 1938 SS-100 rally car, a 1950 XK120 Alloy, a 1952 Factory C-type, 1954 and 1955 Factory D-types, a 1957 XKSS and a 1961 E-Type. Also included will be a number of Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins and Maseratis, to name a few.* Most of the cars taking part in the Gauthier Classic range in price from $150,000 to $4 million each.
Beginning Thursday night, October 24, spectators can catch their first glimpse of these historically-significant classic cars as they begin to line Marshall Way in the heart of Scottsdale’s art district. Then, on Saturday morning, October 26, Scottsdale’s downtown arts district will host a free city-wide celebration from 7 - 11 a.m. where each car will be ceremoniously presented and waved-off as it leaves Scottsdale behind and heads south for the rally.
Upon departure, the cars will wind their way through the celebrated Arizona desert for three full days of luxurious sight-seeing and adventure, including well-appointed accomodations, gourmet meals and surprise entertainment. The event will draw to a close on Monday, October 28 when the cars reassemble along Marshall Way for the private closing dinner and farewell at Jewelry by Gauthier.
Proceeds from the Gauthier Classic will benefit the Todd Thomas Foundation in their ongoing efforts to fund research on the treatment of depression and mental health. Last year the Gauthier Classic raised over $150,000 for the foundation. For more information about the Todd Thomas Foundation, visit .www.toddthomasfoundation.org
* 2002 Gauthier Classic Car Rally – Participating Vehicles: