Photography by TalismanPHOTO for GMC
The fourth annual and one of the most anticipated events of the Hamptons season, The Bridge, returned to the private golf club from which it takes its name in on Saturday, September 14th. Set on site of the historic Bridgehampton Race Circuit and paying tribute to the club’s racing heritage, the invite-only event presented over 250 collector cars of all shapes and sizes from classic European sports racing cars to tomorrow’s supercar classics alongside the ‘September Art Show’ curated by Marlborough Contemporary’s Max Levai, organized on the final fairway that combined the art and automotive in a creative way.
Luxury brands and automakers alike used this exclusive opportunity to do something unrivaled for this carefully curated audience through a variety of installations, product debuts, and displays. Presenting sponsor, Richard Mille, showcased the brand’s newest cutting-edge timepieces for both men and women. Lamborghini made quite an entrance as first-time sponsors by opening The Bridge IV with a colorful and stunning 20 supercar Lamborghini parade, with Lamborghini CEO of the Americas Alessandro Farmeschi on hand as witness.
Bugatti of the Americas celebrated their rich unparalleled history marking their 110-year anniversary, and Aston Martin made the event the official East Coast debut of the brand-new Valhalla with President of Aston Martin the Americas Laura Schwab making an appearance. Overfinch North America brought two Range Rover Supercharged and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars showcased an impressive line-up, while Koenigsegg displayed their waitlisted Jesko and the world’s fastest car Agera RS; Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke presented the brand’s limited-edition, hand-built hyper GT, the Battista; and De Tomaso unveiled their new magnificent retro-styled P72, a tribute to the iconic P70 model. NetJets wowed attendees by exhibiting a full-sized mock-up of the new Cessna Longitude; and Triton Submarines joined the event after completing the last dive of five to the bottom of each of the world’s oceans, displaying their Triton 1650/3 LP, one of the world’s lightest and most compact submersibles ever produced.
For the first time, The Bridge Next was introduced as part of the event’s program, providing an opportunity for ultra-low production manufacturers and design houses to present very special vehicles on the verge of coming to market. This year showcased two such companies with incredibly storied histories: De Tomaso with its new P72 that echoes its 1960-s P70 ancestor; and Touring Superleggera, whose Head of Design Louis de Fabribeckers displayed on behalf of the company an elegant, limited run Sciàdipersia Cabriolet.
Guests at the exclusive event enjoyed a sunny afternoon sipping fine wines selected by prestige wine & spirits retailer Sherry-Lehmann and enjoying gourmet bites from Smorgasburg.
The art fair component was organized by Max Levai and Pascal Spengemann (Marlborough Contemporary) and Suzanne Butler (CANADA), and was presented within Lars Fisk-designed custom-built pavilions (mini galleries). The design of the art show village included ten curated pavilions that where arranged throughout the dunes, and an array of outdoor sculptures. The Art Show was accompanied by a performance from rockabilly singer Robert Gordon.
Some additional notable attendees at Saturday’s event included: Emily Ratajkowski, David Muir, Steve Madden, Nicole Miller, Candace Bushnell, Rev Run Joseph Simmons, Roger and Wendy Ferris, Gabby Karan, Tracy Maitland, Alexandre Mille, Polina Proshkina, Lars Fisk and Josh Ostrovsky.
Notable automobiles from the 2019 event included a 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 , 1990 Ferrari F40, 1992 Vector W8 and 1993 Jaguar XJ220.
The Bridge is a collaboration between Bob Rubin, who has owned the race circuit since 1981 and founded The Bridge in golf club in 2002, and the event’s organizers Shamin Abas, President of Shamin Abas Ultra-luxury Brand Marketing and Business Development; and Jefferey Einhorn, a Manhattan-based attorney.
Presenting sponsor for the event was Richard Mille. Other sponsorship partners include: Burgess, NetJets, Airbus Helicopters, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Koenigsegg, Bugatti of the Americas, Automobili Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Overfinch North America, Automobili Pininfarina, Triton Submarines LLC, J.P. Morgan Bank, Touring Superleggera, De Tomaso, Sherry-Lehmann Wine and Spirits, Peroni Italia, FIJI Water and Nicolas Brawer. ¨