Henry VIII’s palace hosts big British concours

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1957 Ferrari at Hampton Court Palace | Thorough Events photo
1957 Ferrari at Hampton Court Palace | Thorough Events photo
1957 Ferrari at Hampton Court Palace | Thorough Events photo

As part of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, a Concours d’Elegance was staged in 2012 on the private grounds of Windsor Castle. Sixty cars were invited, one representing each year of Her Majesty’s reign on the British throne.

A 60th anniversary may last only a year, but organizers of the concours decided from the start to do an annual gathering of 60 “of the very best cars in the world.” They also had good enough connections with the royal family to stage the subsequent concours at various royal palaces.

In 2013, the Concours d’Elegance was held at St. James’ Palace in London. This year, the third international concours will be September 6-7 on the grounds at Hampton Court Palace, which was built for King Henry VIII.

While only 60 cars are included in the formal concours, hundreds more — from British Aston Martin, Bentley, Bristol, Ferrari and other marque car clubs — will be on display around the extensive palace grounds.

The concours is organized by Thorough Events, which also stages classic car tours  and enthusiast experiences, and is held with His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent as patron.  Money from ticket sales and other sources go to charity.

Unlike most concours, there is no judging. Organizers contend that each car is scrutinized before being invited and therefore all 60 cars already have been deemed winners before arriving on the royal grounds.

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The grounds of Hampton Court Palace
The grounds of Hampton Court Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates will be posted on www.concoursofelegance.com.

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.