Some Tuesdays are just more equal than others. For the team at Robb Report Singapore, it marked the start of our inaugural Car Of The Year event held at Marina Bay Sands.
After months of hard work and preparation, the shutters in Hall D at Marina Bay Sands’ Expo & Convention Centre were raised to welcome a convoy of eight cars, each of them a contender for the coveted Robb Report Singapore Car Of The Year 2016.
Declaring the event open was Michael von Schlippe, president of Indochine Media, who welcomed brand representatives, chaperones and guests with the storied history and colourful heritage of the prestigious event which originated in Napa Valley in 1993.
Not long after, VVIP guests from Marina Bay Sands made their way around the hall, inspecting the cars, then picking their favourites to test drive. The first car out of the hall was the inconspicuous Audi RS6 Avant, the lone wagon that held its presence in a sea of flashy sports cars and SUVs.
While waiting for their turns, guests were treated to TWG Tea, along with a breakfast spread by Gaggenau and Marina Bay Sands. Activities provided also ensured that guests were kept occupied in between drives. Roger Dubuis set up a showcase for its Excalibur collection, while Leica displayed its latest cameras, allowing guests to have a look and feel of both the cameras and images produced.
Those with a spontaneous streak also had a go at the virtual golfing station and one of the two driving simulators. Getting into the driving simulators, guests experienced the adrenaline of not only steering a F1 race car, but also bracing themselves in the F1 reclining driving position, ensuring an unforgettable experience. The only noticeable exception was that unlike F1 drivers, none of our guests left the bucket seats dripping with perspiration.