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The Malta Classic is a four-day event comprising three exhilarating events: the Malta Classic Hill Climb by Thomas Smith, the Malta Classic Concours d’Elegance by Mdina Glass, and the Malta Classic Grand Prix by Chopard. Over 70 pre-1976 cars will participate in the 2016 Malta Classic, with participants from international locales such as Italy, the UK, France and Switzerland.

The Malta Classic has its origins in October 2007, when French entrepreneur and classic car enthusiast Thierry Giovannini organised Malta’s first ever Classic Car Grand Prix on the ring road of Valletta, bringing some of Europe’s finest classic cars to Malta to tour the island and race wheel to wheel on the Valletta circuit. In April 2009 enthusiasts brought together by this event set up the Valletta Grand Prix Foundation to carry on what Giovannini had started. In 2011 the Malta Classic was transferred to its current home in Mdina, where it celebrates vintage style and speed against an historic backdrop.

As well as watching the car events over the four days we done some island hopping via the ferry from our base in Valletta, the coastline and architecture in Malta has so many influences, African, Italian and also hints of Egyptian tones making it a real cultural destination. As you would expect this also makes eating out a culinary delight, worth mentioning the Maltese wines as well great value and the 2013 Nexus Merlot which at around £20 is up there with more expensive European opposition.

Our base was the Grand Hotel Excelsior, a good base for exploring Valletta itself and only a ten minute walk in to the heart of the capital, I was in my element in terms of the architecture as their was a real blend of the old and modern designs fused together. As its a holiday the Fuji 100S was my only companion (and the iPhone 7!), time isn't an issue on holiday so the 35mm equivalent lens wasn't too much of an issue. The camera always produces crisp and natural images, plus its retro looks and manual controls are a real contrast to the bulky and technical Nikon's that I use on an everyday basis.
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