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The Bridge Expanding To Showcase Nearly 200 Vintage Automobiles And Other Rare Luxury Rides At Fourth Annual Hamptons Event

Sydney A. Braat

One of last year's features. (Photo: Rob Rich/www.societyallure.com)

The Bridge, one of the most highly anticipated Hamptons events, is returning for the fourth year on Saturday, September 14. This year the event will expand to 200 rare and vintage automobiles and remains an invitation-only event that pays tribute to the heritage of the historic race track grounds. The Bridge is a well-known contemporary golf club with roots to a historic race track. The event coincides with the "September Art Show" curated by Marlborough Contemporary's Max Levai and organized on the final fairway. Both art and automobiles will converge for an impactful event.

"This year, the number of cars has increased to the point where the entire 18th fairway is covered, all the way down to the art fair. The transition will be seamless," said Robert Rubin. "The art show is breaking new ground with its concept of a curated rather than gallery-centric presentation of works, including a more ambitious outdoor sculpture component. And the chemistry of the crowd is fantastic. For many Bridge members, the event is the high point of the club's social season -- a bonus after Labor Day, when everything's supposed to have wound down."

Returning presenting sponsor Richard Mille will showcase the newest timepieces for both men and women. Aston Martin will make The Bridge the official East Coast debut of the new Valhalla, their third mid-engine hypercar set to be featured in the forthcoming James Bond film. Bugatti of the Americas will celebrate their 110-year anniversary with a retrospective display and first-time sponsor Automobili Lamborghini has a few surprises planned to wow guests at the event. Overfinch North America and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America will be present with impressive line-ups, Koenigsegg Automotive will showcase their waitlisted Jesko, Automobili Pininfarina will present their limited-edition, hand-built hyper GT, the Battista; and De Tomaso will reveal their new P72, a tribute to the iconic P70 model.

Triton Submarines LLC will be onsite with their 1650/3 LP model just days after completing the last dive of five to the bottom of each of the world's oceans, a fête which has never been done before. It will be on display for the first time in the Hamptons. On the aviation side, new helicopter partner Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will showcase one of their dream machines and NetJets will have on hand a full-sized mock-up of the new Cessna Longitude. J.P. Morgan Private Bank will offer guests a chance to relax in their custom-designed Promemoria lounge whilst Burgess will be on hand to present the latest yachts in their vast portfolio.

Led by Marlborough Contemporary's Max Levai, the group exhibition will be comprised of leading contemporary and historical works, all displayed within Lars Fisk designed custom-built pavilions. The design of the art show village will additionally include an expanded array of outdoor sculptures and large paintings installed on the exteriors of the pavilions.

The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation and Franklin Bowles Galleries will present a large-scale exhibition by LeRoy Neiman from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15, as part of the "September Art Show." Curated by Rubin, the show will encompass 37 of Neiman's most beloved pieces, ranging from Marilyn Monroe to the Rat Pack and fittingly race cars, as well as golf.

"LeRoy loved being an artist in the world," Neiman Foundation Director Tara Zabor noted. "His painting style was particularly adept at capturing moments of joy and movement, and thanks to his passion for fun he tended to be around a lot of those. We're thrilled to be presenting his work in a context that he would have adored."

The rare classic cars planned for the display will most definitely wow collectors. The line-up is expected to include: 1909 Isotta Fraschini FENC, 1948 Tucker, 1955 Mercedes Benz, 300SL Gullwing, 1963 Aston Martin DB4 MkV Drophead SS, 1964 Alpine M64, 1965 Maserati, A6G/2000 Zagato, 1966 Porsche 906, 1967 Lamborghini Miura S, 1968 Lamborghini P400 Miura 1969 Ferrari Daytona Coupe, 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder, 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Lightweight, 1981 Lamborghini Countach Monaco Grand Prix Safety Car, 1990 Ferrari F40, 1992 Vector W8 and 1993 Jaguar XJ220. Some of these cars will also be displayed the following day at a Cars & Coffee event hosted at The Bridgehampton Historical Society, which is open to the public. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and admission is free. More than 100 classic cars are expected to be showcased. For more information, visit bhmuseum.org.

The Bridge is a collaboration between Robert Rubin, who has owned the Bridgehampton Race Circuit since 1981 and founded The Bridge golf club in 2002, and the event's organizers: Shamin Abas, President of Shamin Abas Ultra-Luxury Brand Marketing & Business Development; and Jeffrey Einhorn, a Manhattan-based attorney. This event is unique in that there is no judging and no awards. The co-founders have a shared vision for the event that is about celebrating art, design, history and automobiles.

For more information, visit www.bridgeorama.com.




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