Seven iterations in, The Bridge, one of the country’s most exclusive annual automotive events, still draws the crowds. Even when Mother Nature threw a curveball at the organizers of The Bridge VII event, they didn’t just hit back; they hit the accelerator.
Hazardous weather conditions may have led to the cancellation of the main event scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd. Still, the automotive extravaganza took an unexpected twist, delivering two unforgettable days of horsepower, luxury, and celebration.
The Bridge VII Weekend started Friday evening with the exclusive by-invitation-only Bridge VII Collectors Reception. Held at the historic grounds of The Bridge Golf Club, a former racetrack, and set against a backdrop of a breathtaking pink sunset, exhibitors, sponsors, and their privileged guests got to wander among the 160 vehicles on display while being serenaded by live music and gourmet offerings from Smorgasberg.
The automotive elite were out in full force, with Lamborghini, Bentley, Czinger Vehicles, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, McLaren, Bugatti, Pagani, Automobili Pininfarina, Polestar, and Lucid displaying their latest and greatest. It was a year of anniversaries, with Lamborghini celebrating 60 years, Pagani marking 25 years, and Bentley honoring 20 years and bidding farewell to the iconic W12 engine. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars showcased the world’s first Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé, the Spectre.
Among the 160-car fleet on display were a 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Competition Lightweight Berlinetta, the 1960 Camoradi Corvette, a 1966 Lola AAR T70 Eagle, a 1987 Porsche 962 that led a collection of Porsches celebrating the manufacturer’s 75th anniversary, which showed several vehicles from the Works, Sonderwunsch and GT departments.
This year’s new partners included Zenvo Automotive, Bollinger Motors, Gateway Bronco, and The Little Car Company. Zenvo Automotive displayed the all-new Aurora Agil and Tur. Eccentrica showed their new restomod prototype based on the iconic Diablo of the 90s.
Bonhams gave a sneak peek of their upcoming fall auctions with a display of unique and extraordinary cars. Czinger Vehicles turned heads with their groundbreaking human-AI-designed 21C V Max, and Lucid wowed the crowd with the Lucid Air Sapphire and Lucid Air Pure.
The Bridge Next area drew attention to small production and specialty vehicles. Morgan Motor Company, making their return, presented two special edition Bridge commission Super 3s, while Bizzarrini brought in its Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa Revival supercar.
Also among the displays were Technogym’s cutting-edge home gym fitness equipment, the NetJets Longitude mock-up, the Alcantara open-air museum, and the LE ICONE brand presentation.
Meanwhile, presenting sponsor Richard Mille used the event to focus the spotlight on their latest masterpiece, the RM 07-04 Automatic, a watch that graces the wrists of professional race car drivers and LPGA sensation and Olympic gold medalist Nelly Korda.
Sunday, September 24th, saw the return of The Bridge at Topping Rose House, with a portion of ticketed brunch’s ticket sales benefiting Hamptons Community Outreach. This day was all about classic cars, a garden party brunch curated by the renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and the unmistakable Hamptons charm.
On the hotel’s picturesque front lawn, classic car enthusiasts experienced a curated classic car exhibition. Cincoro Paloma cocktails were served in Baccarat glassware, and a live jazz band set the tone from the hotel’s wraparound porch. Event partners, including Czinger Vehicles, Sacrilege Motors, Baccarat, and Topping Rose House, kept the experience electric.
The weekend concluded with the Cars & Coffee event revved up at the Bridgehampton Historical Society. This free event was open to the public and showcased many of the stunning cars that had graced The Bridge VII, giving everyone a chance to get up close and personal with automotive excellence.
The Bridge VII was a testament to the resilience and passion of the automotive world. With a rich lineup of sponsors and partners, the event proved that nothing can stand in the way when it comes to celebrating cars. Suffice to say, there’s a lot to look forward to in next year’s installment, where The Bridge promises to raise the bar yet again. For more information on this and future events, please visit The Bridge Hamptons website.