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April 3, 2014

Five-Star Malta Hotel Gears up for ‘Medieval’ Vintage Car Rally

By Chris Boyle

Mdina Grand Prix_What would the award-winning 1960s Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta have in common with an enchanting medieval city and a bevy of timeless vintage cars from all over the globe? Age? Maybe… but that’s not quite the ticket.

More likely, it’s the fact that together they are planning what promises to be a spectacular fourth edition of the popular ‘Mdina Classic Car Grand Prix’, taking place on the sunny island October 9 to October 12 this year.

What started as a casual idea by French Entrepreneur and classic car enthusiast Thierry Giovannoni while on the island back in 2007 has since developed into one of the more popular appointments in the ’Classical Car’ events diary internationally.

Come October, hordes of aficionados and a bevy of incredibly graceful old machines ranging from 1920s and ’30s Bugattis to 1950s Ferraris, Maseratis, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, Aston Martins and many more big boy brands, will be battling it out wheel to wheel around the ancient city’s winding perimeter roads, originally planned for knights and horses in shining armour, now magically transformed for today’s ‘Kings of the Road’.

The event will also feature a ‘Concourse d’Elegance’, held in the magnificent main square of Mdina itself, where the finest local period cars and motorbikes will vie with their highly polished foreign versions for the ultimate crown.

Mdina Grand Prix2_Announcing the hotel’s sponsorship of the Grand Prix event, Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa General Manager David Woodward said: “With our own highly anticipated cultural calendar running throughout 2014, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to extend our services to a renowned local brand, and the Mdina Grand Prix is a perfect match for the hotel.”

Participation in this year’s edition of the Mdina Grand Prix is expected to smash all previous attendance records and in anticipation of this, the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, in tandem with the Grand Prix organisers, has put together a special accommodation package for two persons sharing a deluxe twin room for two nights on bed & breakfast basis.

The package includes a welcome drink, complimentary Wi-Fi, a lunch at the hotel’s Orange Grove, a ‘Green Mondello’ cocktail at the Caprice bar, a two-day ‘Gold’ pass for the Grand Prix, use of the Spa facilities, indoor pool, fitness centre and sauna garden, and late hotel check-out, subject to availability. The cost for all of this is of €401 for both persons for two nights and inclusive of taxes.

The hotel can also offer a special accommodation package that includes a vintage car tour of the island for guests wishing to book outside the dates of the Mdina Grand Prix.

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Further details on the Grand Prix and Corinthia accommodation packages are available at:

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