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New York, 19 September 2005

Audi in New York City celebrates over 100 years of exciting automotive history

  • Official Automobile of the First New York City Concours d'Elegance
  • Impressive display of historic and new Audi automobiles
  • Audi design chief joins judging panel

German luxury car manufacturer Audi is the Official Automobile of the 1st New York City Concours d'Elegance. "This celebration of exquisite automotive style and elegance creates a perfect opportunity to highlight Audi's long and rich history," says Johan de Nysschen, Executive Vice President Audi of America, Inc. "We are proud to be involved in this very first Concours in the heart of the city, in Central Park".

Audi's history goes back more than 100 years, starting in 1899 when automotive pioneer August Horch founded the car company bearing his name. Ten years on, Horch had to leave his own company amidst a board room showdown and immediately began work on a new automotive enterprise. As August Horch's name was already in use by the original company he founded, he arrived at the name of a new company by translating his name (meaning "Listen" in German) into Latin, Audi. In 1910, the first new cars bearing the brand name Audi appeared on the market.

Even over 80 years ago, the name Audi was already synonymous with luxury and multiple cylinder engines. Audi's first six-cylinder model made its appearance in 1923, also boasting one of the first hydraulic four-wheel brake systems. In 1927, chief designer Heinrich Schuh designed the first Audi eight-cylinder model, known as the "Audi Imperator". Only one of these models is known to exist today.

"For this important event, we wanted the only known surviving example of this car to represent the company's engineering excellence here in New York City.", says Johan de Nysschen. A 5-liter in-line eight-cylinder engine delivering 100 horsepower drives the impressive 1929 Audi Imperator and allows even today top speeds of more than 70 mph. "In its day, this car cost the owner more than a house, a symbol of excellence in engineering and design"

For the next ten days, the unique Audi Imperator will be on display in the New York City Audi Forum at 250 Park Avenue, corner of 47th St E. "The Audi Forum will in future function as the Audi 'embassy' in the City, and the display of the Imperator is only the start of many interesting things to come", says de Nysschen.

In addition to the Imperator, there are many more models from Audi's rich history on display at the New York City Concours d'Elegance. A Horch 853 Spezial Roadster with body from Erdmann & Rossi, the winner of the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, is expected to be on show as well as other Horch models and a 1930 Auto Union Silver Arrow Racecar, representing Audi's rich racing history.

One of the company's German advertisements states: "only those who have a history have a future". Following this ideal, Audi will bring a number of interesting new models to New York City as well as a sneak preview of the newest Audi, the SUV presented only a few days ago at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Audi is also pleased to announce that Walter Maria de'Silva, Head of Design for the Audi brand group, will be attending the Concours, and bringing his expertise to bear as an honorary member of the judging panel.

For further information, contact:
Axel E. Catton
Director of Heritage PR
Audi of America Inc,
Tel (201) 845 5418
Cell (201) 755-AUDI
axel.catton@audi.com

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JAGUAR, FERRARI, ASTON MARTIN, PORSCHE, MASERATI - THE WORLD'S FINEST CARS TO PARTICIPATE AT THE NEW YORK CITY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - 13 September 2005 - The New York City Concours d'Elegance - to take place in the Wollman Rink in Central Park from 30 September to 2 October 2005 - will exhibit some of the world's most significant classic and vintage cars to over 30,000 attendees.

Notable inclusions at this spectacular event attracting enthusiasts from around the globe include the Jaguar D-type, the Jaguar C-type, a Ferrari 125 (the first ever sold), a 1949 Ferrari 166MM, a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, a 1957 Maserati 300S, an Aston Martin DB4 GT Bertone as well as a selection of Ferraris to be shown on a special Ferraris-only day.

The Jaguar C-type was designed expressly to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its very first race in 1951 - and it did! This victory established Jaguar's racing tradition, that now stands at seven overall Le Mans wins.

The Jaguar C-Type XKC-009 which will be displayed at the New York City Concours d'Elegance was one of the first two C-Type Jaguars imported to the U.S. in 1952. XKC-009 was delivered to the Jaguar dealer Max Hoffman on Park Avenue. This car was raced in major Eastern road races, while the other car (XKC-007) was raced on the West Coast by Californian Phil Hill.

The Jaguar D-type on display at the New York City Concours d'Elegance is the car which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1957, entered by the Scottish Ecurie Ecosse team.

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Bertone was first shown in 1961 at the Geneva and Turin Motor Shows and was an adaptation of the DB4 GT which had been raced by Stirling Moss at the 1959 International Trophy Meeting at Silverstone. It remains one of the last examples of what the art of coach-building was all about in the first 60 years of motoring.

The Ferrari 125 was the first Ferrari ever sold. Designed by Giocchino Colombo, this 4.5 litre super-charged V12 unit finished second at Monaco in 1950.

The New York City Concours d'Elegance will not just attract sophisticates as viewers. Celebrity classic car owners have been invited to participate and confirmed judges include Malcolm Barber, Rick Carey, Chris Current, David Davis Jr., John Fitch, Dick Fritz, Christian Philippsen, Chuck Queener, Gerald Roush, Larry Smith, Roger L Werner Jr. and celebrity car enthusiasts Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries"), Malcolm McDowell ("Clockwork Orange") and Thom Filicia ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"). Alain de Cadenet from London, an ex-race car driver and TV-commentator who will preside as Master of Ceremonies.



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NEW YORK CITY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE PRESS CONFERENCE

AUDI FORUM, 250 PARK AVENUE (47th St.), NYC

11AM, MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2005

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - 12 September 2005 - The New York City Concours d'Elegance will hold a press conference at the Audi Forum (250 Park Avenue) at 11am on Monday 19 September 2005.

Thomas Hamann, the Chairman of the New York City Concours d'Elegance, will speak about his personal motivations for bringing this prestigious, world-class occasion to New York City and will present some of the participating cars and eminent judges, the overall configuration and style of New York's first Concours d'Elegance as well as the calendar of celebratory events, to include sponsored cocktail receptions and an Awards Ceremony/Gala Dinner.

One of the main sponsors of the New York City Concours d'Elegance is Audi, who will host the press conference in their prestigious Park Avenue showroom at 47th Street. "Audi embodies the very essence of a Concours d'Elegance. It is very fitting that we are working so closely with such an historical company which has been crafting extraordinary automobiles for over 100 years." Other sponsors include Yamaha, Maybach, Lufthansa, Sony VIP, Bombardier Flexjet, Ferragamo, Ghurka, Chopard, Davidoff, Diageo, Hennessey, Artist House Holdings, Einstein Industries Inc., Bonhams & Butterfields, Putnam Leasing and Octane Magazine.

Speaking at the press conference will be Kenneth Podziba, NYC Sports Commissioner; renowned designer John Bartlett; Thomas Hamann, Chairman of the Concours d'Elegance; and Axel Catton, Director of Brand Communications at Audi.

There will be a special preview of the 1929 AUDI Imperator which has been restored to its original condition and will be on display at the press conference. This model of the Imperator, an eight-cylinder automobile, is probably the only car of this type still in existence anywhere in the world. As Thomas Frank of the AUDI AG Heritage Division puts it, "The Audi Imperator looks fantastic, down to the tiniest detail. Our expectations have been more than fulfilled".

The first annual New York City Concours d'Elegance will take place at historic Wollman Rink in Central Park on September 30th through October 2nd, 2005. Rare and famous automobiles, an internationally renowned judging panel, automobile aficionados, celebrities, and an exclusive atmosphere: all the elements for a fun-filled weekend that celebrates the design, elegance, and power of unique automobiles.

Celebrity classic car owners have been invited to participate and confirmed judges include Malcolm Barber, Rick Carey, Chris Current, David Davis Jr., John Fitch, Dick Fritz, Christian Philippsen, Chuck Queener, Gerald Roush, Larry Smith, Roger L Werner Jr. and celebrity car enthusiasts Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries" and "The Devil Wears Prada"), Malcolm McDowell ("Clockwork Orange") and Thom Filicia ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"). Alain de Cadenet from London, an ex-race car driver and TV-commentator will preside as Master of Ceremonies.

Notable inclusions at this spectacular event attracting enthusiasts from around the globe include the Jaguar D-type, the Jaguar C-type, a Ferrari 125 (the first ever sold), a 1949 Ferrari 166MM, a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, a 1957 Maserati 300S, an Aston Martin DB4 GT Bertone as well as a selection of Ferraris to be shown on Ferraris-only day.

The New York Concours d'Elegance will make contributions to the Central Park Conservancy, New Yorkers for Children, Robert Packard Center for ALS at Johns Hopkins University, Autism Speaks, Fund for Public Schools and Katrina Relief Fund.



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NEW YORK CITY CONCOUR'S D'ELEGANCE SET FOR 30 SEPTEMBER 2005 - 2 OCTOBER 2005

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NEW YORK CITY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE TO BENEFIT HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF!

NEW YORK CITY, NY - 5 September 2005 - The New York City Concours d' Elegance, which will be held at Wollman Rink in Central Park from September 30 to October 2, will make contributions to the Katrina Relief Fund, administered through the Red Cross.

The idea for a Concours d'Elegance in New York City was first born out of Chairman Thomas Hamann's desire to revitalize New York City in the wake of September 11, 2001. Almost 4 years later, and with the cooperation of the Mayor's office, the Sports Commission and the Parks Commission, the Concours d'Elegance is finally coming to New York City's famous Central Park.

Benefiting charities are Central Park Conservancy, New Yorkers for Children, Robert Packard Center for ALS at John Hopkins University, Autism Speaks, New York City School Fund and Hurricane Katrina Relief Funds Organization.

In view of the tragedy and loss wrought by Hurricane Katrina to our neighbors along the Gulf Coast, New York City Concours d'Elegance is now also contributing to the Katrina Relief Fund.



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CELEBRITY JUDGES TO ATTEND NEW YORK CITY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE

What do Anne Hathaway, Mark Knopfler, Nick Mason, Malcolm McDowell and Thom Filicia have in common?

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - 25 Aug 2005 - The New York City Concours d'Elegance will be honored with the presence of celebrities on its judging panel such as Anne Hathaway, Mark Knopfler, Nick Mason, Malcolm McDowell, and many more, all of whom have a keen interest in cars. Keep tuned for updates on other celebrities joining the ranks!

The New York City Concours d'Elegance will take place for the first time in and around the Wollman Rink of Central Park from 30 September to 2 October 2005. The stunning landscape and surroundings of Central Park will set the stage for this exhibition of some of the world's most significant classic and vintage cars. New York's Concours d'Elegance will attract enthusiasts from around the globe to visit this spectacular and prestigious event as well as enjoy a sponsored Awards Ceremony Gala and numerous VIP receptions.

Anne Hathaway, the talented 23-year old New York born actress, who starred in the movies "The Princess Diaries", "The Princess Diaries 2", "Ella Enchanted", "Nicholas Nickleby" and Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, will take a break from her busy schedule shooting her latest movie, "The Devil Wears Prada", to judge a fun category of cars along with fellow celebrities... What category remains to be seen, but how about "The Most Devlish/Fiery Car" or "Best Car to take a Date In"?

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Mark Knopfler, was for years the face and force of the band "Dire Straits". Formerly an English teacher, Knopfler's lyrics added strength to the band's successes which included a 9x platinum certification of their best-selling album "Brothers in Arms". Now, he will be a force on the esteemed judging panel.

Nick Mason, the drummer of Pink Floyd and the only member to remain in the band for its entire existence, is an auto racing fan and automobile aficionado. Now that Pink Floyd's recording and touring schedule has become more sporadic, Nick has more time to devote to his favorite past-time and will be lending his expertise to judging the Concours automobiles.

Actor Malcolm McDowell, who shot to fame in Stanley Kubrick's legendary "Clockwork Orange" in 1969, and has since, starred in many other movies including "Star Trek", "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" and "Hidalgo", is also looking forward to lending his discerning and atypical eye to the Concours.

Thom Filicia, the interior design guru of the hit series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", an all time favorite, is looking forward to the design forward automobiles.

Thomas Hamann, Chairman of the New York City Concours d'Elegance and a renowned expert and dealer in classic and exotic cars based in Connecticut, expressed his delight at such a fun and varied team of judges. "The Concours d'Elegance is also a fun celebration which combines the finest craftsmanship from more than 100 years of automobile history with a stylish and sophisticated setting to be entertained. This is reflected in the diversity of our judging panel which includes actors, musicians, ex-Formula 1 Champions, racing car drivers and other automotive experts".

The cars on show at the NYC Concourse delegacy will include one of the rarest automobiles in existence -- the Auto Union Grand Prix, something even car experts and fans will never see in a lifetime! Also included is a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, a Jaguar C-type, a Ford GT40, a Ferrari 125 (the first ever sold) as well as a selection of Ferraris to be shown on Sunday's special Ferrari-only day. In total, the event expects to attract more than 30,000 visitors throughout the 3 days.

The New York Concours d'Elegance will make contributions to the Central Park Conservancy, New Yorkers for Children, Robert Packard Center for ALS at John Hopkins University, Autism Speaks, Fund for Public Schools and Katrina Relief Fund.



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NEW YORK CITY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE SET FOR 30 SEPTEMBER 2005

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - 15 June 2005 - The New York City Concours d'Elegance will take place for the first time in the Wollman Rink of Central Park from 30 September to 2 October 2005. The stunning landscape and surroundings of Central Park will set the stage for this exhibition of some of the world's most significant classic and vintage cars. New York's Concours d'Elegance will attract enthusiasts from around the globe to visit this spectacular and prestigious event as well as enjoy a sponsored gala and numerous VIP receptions.

The Concours d'Elegance currently takes place in other esteemed locations worldwide including the Pebble Beach Golf Course in California, the Villa d'Este at Lake Como in Italy, the Hurlingham Club in London, Bagatelle in Paris, and the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

The New York event is the brainchild of Thomas Hamann, a renowned expert and dealer in classic and exotic cars based in Connecticut. Mr Hamann frequently serves as a consultant to private collectors, automotive museums and auction houses. "We are hugely excited to be bringing the sophistication of the Concours d'Elegance to a suitably stylish venue such as New York", said Mr Hamann. "We are blessed to have Central Park as the backdrop to this spectacular event. Combining the fabulous setting of the park with a show that attracts a worldly crowd and the finest craftsmanship from more than 100 years of automobile history gives us the 'nec plus ultra' of classic car shows."

The New York City Concours d'Elegance will not just attract sophisticates as viewers. Celebrity classic car owners have been invited to participate and confirmed judges include Phil Hill from Santa Monica, the first American Formula 1 World Champion, and Christian Philippsen from Monaco who also judges the Pebble Beach and Paris Concours d'Elegance. Alain de Cadenet from London, an ex-race car driver and TV-commentator who will preside as Master of Ceremonies.

The cars on show at the Concours d'Elegance will include a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, a Jaguar C-type, a Ford GT40, a Ferrari 125 (the first ever sold) as well as a selection of Ferraris to be shown on a special Ferraris-only day. In total, the event expects to attract 30,000 visitors.

The New York Concours d'Elegance will make contributions to Make-a-Wish Foundation, New York City Schools, The New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, New Yorkers for Children and the Central Park Conservancy.



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