Next month, the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta roars to the sound of hundreds of pre-1976 vintage cars zooming around the roads. It is the four-day Malta Classic (), which is part sponsored, for the fourth year, by Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa.
Vintage Ferrari’s, Alfa Romeo’s and Aston Martin’s take on tight bends, sweeping curves and inclines through valleys, vineyards and terraced hills to test both the drivers and their classic cars.
The Malta Classic is taking place 10th-14th October and comprises three events: the Malta Classic Hill Climb by Thomas Smith on 11th October, the Malta Classic Concours d’Elegance by Mdina Glass on 12th October and the Malta Class Grand Prix by Chopard on 13th-14th October.
Drivers are drawn to the event from all over the world. Blasco Montanel Antoine is bringing his Osca Maserati from France, for example while the Malta contingent includes Steven Collins in his 1956 AC Bristol and Dominique Baldy in his 1930 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix.
Some 20 of the Malta Classic team are languishing in the luxury of the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa () during the event, a property that shares the same elegant and classic lines as the vintage cars. The hotel opened in 1962 as one of the island’s first upmarket restaurants. A few years later an adjoining hotel was built in the property’s extensive grounds and this was the start of what has become a global collection of luxury, five-star hotels, named after the iconic Corinthian columns of the original restaurant.
Stay at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa from Euros249 per room per night including breakfast. Contact Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa on tel +356 21 440301/ www.corinthia.com/palace.