Top Marques Monaco

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Top Marques Monaco
Top Marques Monaco logo, consisting of the event name in all-caps serif font, white text on black, with "Monaco" smaller and in gold
Status Active
Genre Supercar show and luxury fair
Begins April 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)
Ends April 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)
Frequency Annually
Venue Grimaldi Forum[1]
Location(s) 10 Avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco[2]
Coordinates 43°44′37″N 7°25′54″E / 43.74361°N 7.43167°E / 43.74361; 7.43167Coordinates: 43°44′37″N 7°25′54″E / 43.74361°N 7.43167°E / 43.74361; 7.43167
Country Monaco
Years active 2004–present[2]
Inaugurated April 22, 2004 (2004-04-22)–April 25, 2004 (2004-04-25)
Founder Lawrie Lewis
Most recent April 20, 2017 (2017-04-20)–April 23, 2017 (2017-04-23)
Attendance 35,000 (2014)[3]
Patron(s) Albert II, Prince of Monaco
People Manoj Bairstow, managing director;
Mederic del Monaco, shareholder;
Steven Saltzman, shareholder[4]
Website
topmarquesmonaco.com

Top Marques Monaco is an event that takes place annually at the Grimaldi Forum in the principality of Monaco. It features exhibitions by numerous purveyors of luxury aircraft, automobile, banking, boat, footwear, handbag, jewellery, real estate and wine products.[2][5] One feature of the Top Marques Monaco that sets it apart from other automotive exhibitions is its use of the adjacent Formula 1 Grand Prix racetrack to display cars in action[6] and conduct test drives.[2] A quarter of the event's ticket sales are donated to Monaco Aide et Présence, a charity established by Monaco's reigning Prince Albert.[2] Manoj Bairstow took over as managing director of the company in 2012.[7][not in citation given]

2010[edit]

Sales during the event totalled US$600 million (446 million euros).[6] The entrance fee was 50 euros.[6]

2011[edit]

At the four-day 2011 event, there were 42 automotive manufacturers exhibiting luxury vehicles, 13 manufacturers exhibiting luxury yachts and other boats, and 26 jewelry manufacturers exhibiting watches.[1] Exhibitors included Bugatti, Dartz,[6] Exagon Engineering,[1] Gillet, GTA Motor, Koenigsegg, Noble Automotive, Pagani, and Peraves.[6] Six cars made their European debuts, including the Conquest Knight XV SUV and the Keating ZKR.[6] A hundred cars were on display, of which more than two dozen were available for test drives.[1] The entrance fee was 50 euros.[1] Attendance was 33,000 people from twelve countries.[1]

2013[edit]

The four-day 2013 Top Marques Monaco featured six supercar debuts,[8] including ABT Sportsline, Hamann Motorsport, Mansory, and MTM,[5] and exhibitions by over 150 companies.[8] Supercars on display included the GTA Spano, the Gumpert Apollo, the Koenigsegg Hundra, the Mazzanti Evantra,[8] the Noble Automotive M600, the Roding Automobile Roadster, the Savage Rivale, the Soleil Motors Anadi, and the Vencer Sarthe.[5] Other exhibitors included Aston Martin,[5] Bentley,[2] Ferrari,[5] Fisker,[2] Jaguar,[5] Lamborghini, Pagani, Rolls-Royce, Ronn Motor Company,[2] Vintech, and Wiesmann.

2014[edit]

Running from 17–20 April,[9] 2014's Top Marques Monaco was attended by Prince Albert of Monaco, Loris Capirossi,[10] and a total of more than 35,000 other attendees.[3] Vehicles premiered included David Brown Automotive's Speedback,[3] Energica Motor Company's Ego 45 motorcycle,[10] NanoFlowcell's Quant e-Sportlimousine, and W Motors's Lykan HyperSport.[9] Other vehicles on display included cars manufactured by Aston Martin, Audi,[11] BMW,[3] Bugatti, Ferrari, Hamann Motorsport,[11] Mazzanti Automobili,[3] Mercedes-Benz, Pagani,[11] Porsche, Tesla Motors,[3] and Zenvo;[11] and the Energica Motor Company's Eco, Forza·G's Icaro and Demonio, and Mando's Footloose e-bicycles.[9] VIP ticket-holders had the opportunity to use a 3D virtual studio to try their hands at designing a supercar.[9] Other exhibitors had jet-propelled hovercraft and powered surfboards on display. The entrance fee was 50 euros.[3]

2015[edit]

Automotive exhibitors included BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren,[12] Mercedes, Nimrod Performance, Porsche, Tesla and Zenvo.[13] Larte Design's Tesla Model S[13] and Toroidion's 1MW[14] had their world premieres there, as did the AeroMobil 3.0, a Slovakian-made road-legal vehicle that transforms into a light aircraft.[15]

2016[edit]

The theme of Top Marques Monaco 2016 was James Bond; supercars from the film Spectre, as well as an Aston Martin DB5 as seen in Goldfinger, were on display along with props from the franchise.[16]

2017[edit]

AeroMobil s.r.o. unveiled the production model of its AeroMobil flying car, announcing that it would begin taking pre-orders for the vehicle before the end of 2017.[17][18] Other exhibitors, including Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS, Vanda Electrics Dendrobium, and Calafiore C10 had their world premieres. The Jean Boulle Luxury Group announced that its patent-pending luxury diamond finish technology had been applied to a classic Pininfarina-styled Bentley, the Bentley Azure exhibited that year. The Boulle Luxury Bentley Azure was unveiled by Albert II, Prince of Monaco on 20 April at the official opening of Top Marques 2017.[19][20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Hortail, Philippe (20 April 2011). "Top Marques Monaco, le salon VIP". L'argus.fr. Retrieved 17 September 2015. (fr:Top Marques Monaco&prev=search translated from the French by Google Translate)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Campbell, Scott (6 January 2014). "2014 Top Marques Monaco". SENATUS.net. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Fiala, Jiri (26 April 2014). "Top Marques Monaco 2014: Přehlídka superluxusu". Auto.cz. Retrieved 18 September 2015.  (translated from Czech by Google Translate)
  4. ^ "Contact". TopMarquesMonaco.com. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Top Marques Monaco 2013 show gallery". AutoCar.co.uk. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Hall, Nick (5 May 2011). "The World's Most Exclusive Auto Show — Top Marques Monaco". MotorTrend.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.topmarquesmonaco.com
  8. ^ a b c Domijan, Igor (21 April 2013). "Monaco 2013: Highlights by Igor Domijan". GTspirit.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d Lathbury, Claire (2 April 2014). "Selling the future". The Monaco Times. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Energica Ego 45 a Hit at Top Marques Monaco". Motorcycle-USA.com (Press release). 6 May 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d Anderson, Brad (23 April 2014). "Video: The Very Best Supercars From Monaco's Top Marques Weekend". GTspirit.com. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Anderson, Brad (19 April 2015). "2015 Top Marques Monaco Day 2 Highlights". CTspirit.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Anderson, Brad (26 April 2015). "Top Marques Monaco 2015 Final Highlights". CTspirit.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Finnish electric supercar turns heads in Monaco". YLE Uutiset [YLE News]. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  15. ^ Flis, Robert (17 April 2015). "Aeromobil Flying Roadster Unveiled at Top Marques Monaco". TheRichest.com. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "James Bond Revient a Top Marques Monaco". Royal Monaco Riviera (in French). 2016-04-03. ISSN 2057-5076. Archived from the original on 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  17. ^ Krivokapic, Milos, and Angela Charlton, "Correction: Monaco-Flying Car story," Associated Press, April 21, 2017, 9:22 AM EDT. Archived April 22, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Anonymous, "AeroMobil, Unique Limited Edition Flying Car, Launched at Top Marques Show," aeromobil.com, April 20, 2017.
  19. ^ "Jean Boulle Luxury Group unveils Classic Bentley Azure covered with 2 million gem diamond crystals to demonstrate its proprietary diamond finish". Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "For First time at the Grimaldi Forum, a Bentley covered completely in diamond paint". Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  21. ^ "Bentley Azure painted with two million diamonds from the Jean Boulle Luxury group,". Retrieved 2 May 2017.