From the inaugural Concours of Elegance of 2012, held within the private grounds of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s diamond jubilee of reign, the award-winning Concours has set a new global benchmark for a classic car concours event.
The second Concours of Elegance, held to equal acclaim at the Royal Palace of St James, London in 2013, improved upon the exceptionally high stand set at Windsor Castle, and this year, the Concours once again retains its Royal Palace connections, moving to the spectacular surroundings of Hampton Court, Palace near London, from 5-7 September.
Sixty of the highest calibre of rare and desirable cars have been painstakingly selected and invited to the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, to be joined by hundreds of the very best cars from a wide variety of leading car clubs, as well as the very latest bespoke sports cars and luxury models from a number of prestigious car manufacturers, to create the ultimate motoring summer garden party in a historic and uniquely British setting.
This weekend’s Concours of Elegance will dramatically tell the story of the motor car through each of the 60 carefully selected vehicles. From the pioneering days of the horseless carriage in the late 19th Century, right through to the very latest state-of-the-art 200 mph+ ‘hypercar’, the 60 exceptional Concours cars – many of them never seen before in this country – will grace the Fountain Gardens on the East side of the historic Hampton Court Palace.
From an ultra-rare 1896 Lutzmann and on through the decades to the finest contemporary machinery, including the very latest, state-of-the-art Ferrari LaFerrari, the majority of historically important and sought-after car marques will be represented at the Concours of Elegance. Ranging from Alfa Romeo to Zagato, visitors to the Hampton Court Palace Concours can admire stunning examples of Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, Bentley, Hispano-Suiza, Ferrari, Packard, Aston Martin and Maserati, plus many other fine marques, making this is an unmissable occasion for anyone who appreciates the inherent creative magnificence of great automobiles.
Examples of the 60 exceptional cars invited to the 2014 Concours of Elegance include a stunning Alfa Romeo 6C 1750, built specifically for the 1931 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where it was accompanied by model Josette Pozzo, and together they fittingly took the prized Coppa d’Oro di Villa d’Este trophy. The historically significant Alfa Romeo is making its UK debut this weekend at the 2014 Concours of Elegance. A brace of significant and rare pre-war Mercedes-Benz models are present at Hampton Court Palace.