Hampton Court hosts Concours of Elegance

The Royal Palace at Hampton Court will play host to the renowned Concours of Elegance this September, when hundreds of historic cars will be displayed on its perfectly manicured grounds.
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The Concours d’Elegance (to give it its French name) originated in 18th Century France, with the aristocracy showing off their decorative horse-drawn carriages every year by parading them around Parisian parks. It is now one of the important dates of the year on the motoring calendar, as over 700 of the world’s rarest and historic cars go on display to the general public. The event took place at Windsor Castle in 2012 and at St James’s Park in London in 2013.

Best of the best

The Concours of Elegance takes place from September 5-7, but September 6 is the key date of the weekend, as this is when The Club Trophy 2014 will be presented to the ‘Best of the Best’. Around 60 of the rarest cars in the world have been invited to participate in the competition, and over two-thirds of these will be coming from overseas especially for the event. Of the crème de la crème, around a third are being shipped over from the USA, while another 20 or so are coming from the rest of the world. The remaining third are based in the UK. http://moneysupermarket-3.wistia.com/medias/iiahsv3dav?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=600

Racing pedigree

Cars competing for the trophy include a unique Zagato-bodied Jaguar XK140 from 1957, and a 1928 Amilcar C6, which raced in several French Grand Prix in the 1920s and 1930s, including the 1935 and 1936 ‘Bol d’Or’ races. Two Maseratis will also be on show, a rare MC12 from 2007, and a 3-litre Tipo 8CTF. The Tipo was driven by Count Felice Trossi, who famously loaned the car to Paul Pietisch for the 1939 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. A spark plug problem put paid to the car winning the race, even though it was leading initially, so it ended up finishing third behind the ‘Silver Arrow’ racers of Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz.

Marques of distinction

Other confirmed entrants include rarely seen models from Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Delage, Ferrari, Hispano-Suiza, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Siata, Rolls-Royce and Talbot-Lago.
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As well as the 60 cars competing for the Club Trophy, there will be more than 700 other cars on display throughout the weekend. These are all coming from leading car clubs across the UK, ranging from Aston Martins, to Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

Green for Go

If you’re lucky enough to be the owner of a classic car yourself, then you can show it off at the Concours, as a section of Hampton Court Green is being set aside as a pre ’74 car park. The 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be open to the public on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September, with adult entry tickets starting from £25 for afternoon admission, or £35 for day admission. Children under 5 get in for free, while those aged from 5-16 pay £12.50. There’s lots more information at the Concours of Elegance website.
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