A 3 day event featuring, rare cars from September 1st to the 3rd 2017 at the Hampton Court Palace
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- Concours of Elegance is bringing more than 1000 of the world’s most exclusive cars to Hampton Court Palace in September.
- More than 60 of the rarest and most beautiful cars ever built make up the ‘Main Concours’ event, with a thousand others joining special features and car club displays
- Highlights of the Main Concours include the first ever Bentley to race at Le Mans, a 3 Litre, and the ‘Baillon Barn Find’ Maserati A6G 2000, making its UK debut
- Some of the more modern cars in the Main Concours include the extreme Ferrari F40 LM Michelotto and the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
- One special feature will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s 1-2-3-4-6 finish at the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours race. In a world-first display, Concours of Elegance will gather the five Jaguar D-Types that accomplished the incredible result
- Concours of Elegance is also working with the Royal Automobile Club to gather a host of pre-1905 ‘Veteran Cars’ – the earliest pioneers of motoring, including the very first car to receive a speeding ticket in 1896.
- A new Harry’s Garage feature, hosted by the founder of the Harry’s Garage YouTube channel and evo magazine, will display a collection of ultra-exclusive modern day supercars, including those of Bugatti and Lamborghini
- Some of the UK’s most respected car clubs will be displaying the best models they have to offer, including a standout display from the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, which celebrates the firm’s V8-powered cars
- The focal point of Concours of Elegance 2017 is a new central stage, which will see dynamic displays of cars throughout the weekend, allowing visitors to see, hear and smell some of the world’s most incredible vehicles
- The Club Trophy brings together the most incredible models from the UK’s premier car clubs. All entries are judged by a team of experts, which in the past has included David Gandy and Prince Michael of Kent
- The Concours of Elegance is a charity fundraising event, and has already donated more than £1m to charity
- Concours of Elegance has a host of exclusive partners for this year’s event, including AIG, Autoglym, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, Octane, RM Sotheby’s and the Royal Automobile Club
2017 Photos Friday 1 September
Concours of Elegance 2017, Hampton Court Palace, 1-3 September
CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE:
THE MOST EXCLUSIVE CAR PARK IN THE WORLD
The Concours of Elegance began in 2012, showcasing sixty of the world’s finest cars at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Since then it has moved to St James’s Palace and Hampton Court Palace, before heading to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in 2015 and back to Windsor Castle in 2016. This year, the Concours is once again hosted within the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
The Main Concours More than sixty of the world’s rarest cars will gather in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace this September. An 1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage – the first car to get a speeding ticket for travelling 8mph in a 2mph zone – represents one of the earliest vehicles on display, and Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta one of the latest.
In between will be a host of revolutionary and historic vehicles, including the first ever Bentley to race at the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hours race, a 3 Litre built in 1922. From the more modern era of Le Mans is the Porsche 917K, one of the most iconic cars ever to race there. The exact vehicle coming to Concours of Elegance starred in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans film, as well as winning at the Daytona 24 Hours and Monza 1000km races in 1971.
Away from the world of racing cars are a host of beautiful and extremely rare models, including the Bugatti Type 57C Atalante and Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Saoutchik. One particular highlight is the UK debut of the Maserati A6G Gran Sport ‘Baillon Barn Find’. Not only is it extremely rare – just four were ever produced – but this example is completely original more than 60 years after its birth. Since being found in 2015 under a pile of books in a barn that was thought to be deserted, the Maserati has been recommissioned but remains unrestored.
The New Live Stage
This year at Concours of Elegance the focal point of the event will be a brand new central stage, hosted in front of the Palace. Over the course of the weekend almost every one of the Main Concours cars and Special Feature cars will start their engines and drive through the Palace grounds up on to the Live Stage.
It’s a rare chance for visitors to experience the sights, sounds and smells of some of the most iconic and important cars ever produced. Expert commentary and conversation will be provided by a range of motoring experts and famous faces, giving crucial insight into the stories behind the cars.
The Special Features
- Jaguar D-Type at Le Mans – 60th anniversary celebration
The Concours of Elegance 2017 will host a 60th anniversary celebration of Jaguar’s legendary 1-2-3-4-6 finish at the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours race. All three podium finishers will drive in convoy, alongside two further Le Mans-raced D-types, into the grounds of Hampton Court Palace for the duration of this year’s Concours of Elegance.
- Pre-1905 Veteran Cars
In association with the Royal Automobile Club, Concours of Elegance will be hosting a convoy of the earliest motoring pioneers; Veteran cars built before 1905. These historically important vehicles will thrum into the grounds of Hampton Court Palace demonstrating the very beginnings of many motoring stories that continue to this day. Visitors will recognise names like Benz and Peugeot, but also brands who played their part before disappearing or evolving; the likes of Panhard et Levassor and Star.
- Harry’s Garage
Motoring expert, Harry Metcalfe, founder of the Harry’s Garage YouTube channel and evo magazine, will be bringing together a selection of his favourite ultra-exclusive modern supercars. Rare and desirable, this collection of vehicles will include the latest from Bugatti, limited edition Lamborghinis and exceptional performance cars from Pagani.
- Aston Martin V8 celebration
Working with the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, Concours of Elegance will bring together one example from each of the V8-powered models in Aston Martin history. It’s a celebration not only of one of Britain’s most famous car manufacturers, but also the engine that’s powered some of its most memorable models
Some of the UK’s best classic car specialists will be exhibiting at the Concours of Elegance 2017, including Nicholas Mee, Frank Dale, Talacrest, Eagle, Fiskens, Duncan Hamilton and GTO Engineering. Displaying some of their most amazing models, the Specialists’ Showcase offers visitors to not only admire the cars on display but also, to buy them.
The Club Trophy
The Club Trophy will be held at the Palace in September, featuring hundreds of classic cars from across the UK and the best-of-the-best from the nation’s car clubs. Each club submits their individual Concours winners, which are then judged by a panel of Concours of Elegance experts, chaired by HRH Prince Michael of Kent and guest judges which in recent years have included David Gandy and Mark Knopfler. The Club Trophy winner car is then entered in to the Concours of Elegance in 2018, just as the Aston Martin ‘Cloverleaf’ that won the Trophy in 2016 is displayed among this year’s Main Concours entrants.
More than 800 cars will be attending over the weekend of Concours of Elegance 2017, from the UK’s leading car clubs. Owners’ clubs from AC, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari and Lamborghini will join a host of others in showcasing their cars at Hampton Court Palace alongside some of the most incredible cars ever created.
Charity and partners
One of the primary aims of Concours of Elegance is to raise money for charity, and this year’s event will be generating funds for Marie Curie and Springfield Youth Club Hackney. So far, Concours of Elegance has raised more than £1,000,000 for its charities.
Concours of Elegance takes place between 1-3 September and has partnered with a series of exclusive brands for the event, including Autoglym, Champagne Taittinger, Ferrari, Immun’Age Jaguar Land Rover, Octane, RM Sotheby’s and the Royal Automobile Club. Tickets are available now from concoursofelegance.co.uk, with an adult ticket costing £40, and discounts for children. A variety of hospitality packages are also available