Knokke-Heist hosts prestigious car festival from 6 to 9 October

Knokke-Heist hosts prestigious car festival from 6 to 9 October
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The Zoute Grand Prix Week car festival in the seaside resort of Knokke-Heist will take place this year from 6 to 9 October.

Twenty-one car manufacturers will be present for this edition, and visitors will be able to marvel at no fewer than 600 exceptional cars.

It is expected this year that collector's models auctioned by the British house Bonhams will generate €20 million, the event's organisers announced on Monday.

Several manufacturers will use this opportunity to present their latest four-wheeled jewels to the Belgian public, such as a Bugatti W16 Mistral worth €5 million.

The festivities in Knokke also include a rally for pre- and post-war cars in which 225 old-timer vehicles will take part, as well as a concours d'Elegance for vintage vehicles.

The prestigious rare collector car auction will see 80 vehicles go under the hammer, including a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO whose worth is estimated at €3.7 million to €4.1 million.

Organisers expect to attract 300,000 regular visitors and 10,000 VIPs to the streets of Knokke, which will be decorated for the occasion, including with straw, to give the city the look of a seaside racing circuit.

A classic entry ticket for the event costs €35, but VIP tickets are going for almost €300.

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