Inaugural British GP reunion set for Royal concours

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1926 British Grand Prix | photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club
1926 British Grand Prix | photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club

A reunion of cars that raced in the inaugural British Grand Prix will be part of the Royal Concours of Elegance scheduled for September 2-4 at Windsor Castle, where some 1,000 cars are expected to take part in what will be part of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.

The first British Grand Prix was contested at the Brooklands circuit in 1926. Staged by the Royal Automobile Club, the race drew 11 entrants, only three of them finishing the full distance. Four of the cars that started the race — a Delage 155B, Talbot 700, Thomas Special and Halford Special — are to be reunited at the concours.

Windsor Castle will host Concours of Elegance | Concours photo
Windsor Castle will host Concours of Elegance | Concours photo

French drivers Louis Wagner and Robert Senechal won the race in a Delage 155B.

The actual concours will feature 60 vehicles in the castle’s Quadrangle, but hundreds of others will be displayed elsewhere on the castle grounds.

For details, see the concours website.

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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.