Imagine an island in the Mediterranean. A country measuring 122 square miles with the highest density of classic cars and enthusiasts you’re likely to find anywhere. You’re not dreaming, you’re in the Republic of Malta; part of an archipelago that lies 80 miles south of Sicily and 280 east of Tunisia, and the location of the Malta Classic, now in its sixth consecutive running.
The event is a four-day celebration of vintage machines, a journey through time and style with mesmerizing landscapes backdropping the whole thing. The route runs through the breathtaking setting of the ancient fortifications of Mdina and the exotic hills of Mellieha. Prime sightseeing is guaranteed. This is a look back on 2016’s activities, and I’m already looking forward to this year’s.
The origins of the Malta Classic go back to 2007, when French entrepreneur and classic car admirer Thierry Giovannini organized Malta’s Classic Car Grand Prix on the ring road of Valletta, and the inaugural Grand Prix drew some of Europe’s finest classics to the island to race wheel to wheel around the circuit.