If you and your friends have ever wanted to spend a day driving the world’s best new cars, this is your chance to do so. Robb Report is offering one reader and 23 of his or her guests the chance to serve as judges for next fall’s Car of the Year
event, which will be held in Napa Valley, Calif. The 4-day, 3-night Car of the Year experience ($899,000) begins with private-jet transportation to Napa Valley from Los Angeles, provided by Delta Private Jets. The first night of the event will feature a multicourse meal prepared by Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, his Michelin three-star restaurant in Yountville. Wines from the Spire Collection will be paired with each course.
The following day will include rounds of golf and spa treatments at Meadowood Napa Valley (the acclaimed resort where you will be staying), a tasting of rare expressions of the Balvenie single-malt whiskies (and a bottle for the recipient to keep), and dinner at the Restaurant at Meadowood hosted by the Michelin three-star chef Christopher Kostow. After dinner, guests will retire to their rooms, where crackling fires in wood-burning fireplaces will lull them to sleep—and a good night’s rest is imperative, because a full day of driving awaits.
Robb Report’s Car of the Year competition always features an astonishing assemblage of worldclass automobiles. Past entrants have included Bugattis, Rolls-Royces, Ferraris, and McLarens. The guest judges will enjoy the thrill of driving sedans, sports cars, and SUVs from these brands and others on the scenic backcountry roads of Napa Valley. After they test-drive the dozen or more vehicles, the guest judges will join members of Robb Report’s editorial staff for a final dinner at Lokoya’s new winery in St. Helena, Calif., to share their reviews and final rankings and help determine Robb Report’s 2018 Car of the Year.
The next day, the guest judges will fly by private jet back to Los Angeles, leaving Napa Valley with memories of delectable bites, tantalizing sips, and exhilarating drives. Recipients of this gift are responsible for their own transportation to and from Los Angeles. The gift must be purchased by February 1, 2017, and enjoyed between October 27 and November 11, 2017. (Robb Report, Colette Alderson, 310.589.7747, firstname.lastname@example.org, robbreport.com)