Scott Manson discovers some of the world’s finest – and rarest – automobiles on show at the UK’s Concours of Elegance….
The historic backdrop of Henry VIII’s former home – Hampton Court Palace – plays host to the eighth annual Concours of Elegance, from 6th – 8th September 2019. This gathering of the rarest classic and performance cars from across the world sees the cars painstakingly selected by a Concours Steering Committee – a respected team of authoritative experts – before they are displayed in the beautiful grounds of the Palace.
For car enthusiasts, there are displays from car clubs representing marques such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, as well as an exhibit of every Aston Martin Zagato variant ever manufactured. From the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato, to the Vanquish Zagato Coupe, attendees will be able to browse an amazing 16 examples of the vehicle.
There’s plenty here too, though, for those who don’t know their Testa Rossa from their Dino. Charles Heidsieck, the official Champagne of the event, will host ticketed tastings on Saturday and Sunday. One of the great names of Champagne, it was founded in 1851 by Charles-Camille Heidsieck, the original “Champagne Charlie,” and continues to receive countless awards and accolades year after year. You’ll find it flowing at every bar across the event.
Visitors can also enjoy a luxury shopping trip as pop-up boutiques will show off their craftsmanship, with the likes of Lock & Co, Hatters, Henry Pool and Collier & Dobson in attendance. Celebrated chef Tom Aikens is on hand for lunch duties too, with Tom’s Kitchen providing delicious picnics (pre-booking essential), comprising a mix of traditional classics such as sausage rolls and quiche, and Eton mess.
Easily accessed from London, this is a fitting end to the summer social season and an unrivalled chance to see some of the world’s finest cars in one place.
For further information and to book tickets, go to www.concoursofelegance.co.uk.