The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
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The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance
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Hampton Court Palace, 06 – 08 September, 2019

The splendid Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace once again hosted the Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Sohne, over the weekend of 06 – 08 September. It featured a broad ranging display of some 75 cars in the concours for attendees’ delectation, together with a large number of club and trade displays to add to the mix, totalling some 1000 cars of all ages. Late summer sunshine over the three days, made it all the more enjoyable for participants and visitors alike. The judging format followed that of previous years with entrants casting their vote for the Best of Show award, obviously not being able to vote for their own car.

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There were further awards for set production periods, as implemented in 2018 under the same judging process, which for 2019 were pre-1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and post-1970. The overall span of ages ranged from a 1907 Diatto A Clement to a 2019 Touring Superleggera Sciádipersia Cabriolet, with some rare and interesting vehicles along the way. Amongst these was a very art deco streamlined 1938 Stout Scarab, which might be considered the original “people carrier”, featuring a rear mounted V8 engine in a very futuristic, at the time, monocoque body. There was also a quartet of Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchettas, including one that belonged to Gianni Agnelli, another that won the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in 1949 and another that won the Spa 24 Hour Race the same year.

Amongst the owners’ clubs the Aston Martin Owners’ Club gathered an amazing display of Aston Martin Zagato variants produced over the years as a tribute to Zagato’s centenary year, including a pair of the iconic DB4 GT Zagatos, and one each of the recent Vanquish variants, Coupé, Volante, Speedster and Shooting Brake, all finished in lustrous matching metallic red paintwork. On one of the trade stands Ecurie Cars debuted their LM69 model in the metallic blue and white colours of Ecurie Ecosse, a tribute to the car that could have won Le Mans in 1969, featuring a mid-mounted V12 Jaguar engine, with a production run limited to 25 examples. The Harry’s Garage feature display of ‘90s supercars included a Pagani Zonda C12 S, a Lamborghini Diablo and a Bugatti EB110SS.

The overall Best in Show award went to a centennial 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with coachwork by Barker entered by Rolls Royce historian and author John Fasal. This example featuring highly polished aluminium bodywork was probably the most flamboyant Silver Ghost ordered by somebody who owned no less than 25 examples, Lt.-General His Highness the Maharaja Sir Bhupindra Singh of Patiala, in North West India.


Awards
Best in Show – 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker
Pre-1920s – 1904 Napier L49
1920s – 1929 Bentley Speed Six Old No.1
1930s – 1938 Stout Scarab
1940s – 1949 Ferrari 166MM s/n 0008
1950s – 1951 Pegaso Z102
1960s –  1965 Ford GT40
Post-1970s –  1997 McLaren F1
The Club Trophy – Vauxhall 30-98
The Bridge of Weir Jaguar Trophy – Jaguar C-Type
Future Classics – Aston Martin Vulcan

Keith Bluemel
09/2019



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