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Louis Vuitton Presents Auto Awards

Chief executive Michael Burke presided over a ceremony and gala dinner in Paris.

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HOT WHEELS: Former race-car driver Charles Nearburg and his wife, Karen Miller, took to the stage at The Pre Catelan in Paris Tuesday night to scoop up a Louis Vuitton Classic Award — the Concours prize — for Nearburg’s gleaming red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

Quizzing the couple, Vuitton chief executive officer Michael Burke asked Miller if jealousy ever flared over her husband’s devotion to his hobby. “No, it’s his first love — cars,” Miller said to a round of knowing chuckles amidst the enthusiasts in attendance.

Having made trunks for the first motorcars, Vuitton maintains its ties with the automotive world through such awards, rallies and other prestigious events.

Burke confessed he was smitten with the night’s Concept Award winner: a sinuous Peugeot Onyx diesel-electric hybrid with gleaming copper body panels and a minimalist interior in oatmeal-colored felt. “When can I buy it?” he asked Peugeot executives Jean-Pierre Ploué and Gilles Vidal. “In 40 years’ time,” they shot back.

Turns out a designer trained in fashion came up with the color and trim concepts for the Onyx, which also boasts a dashboard made of compressed newspapers — Dutch ones, in fact.

The Vuitton event coincides with a vintage auto fair called Retro Mobile at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday.

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