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HAMPTON COURT CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE – THE WINNERS

With thanks to Thorough Events and Influence Associates PR for images and information

The Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace on the River Thames just west of London, was presented by watchmakers, A. Lange & Söhne, and celebratied its most memorable running yet as it was the first international concours d’elegance event in over six months and welcomed one of the best line-ups of collector cars ever gathered in the UK.

The quality of the cars this year was as spectacular than ever, thanks to the commitment of the event’s Steering Committee and car curation team in these difficult virus-complicated times.. Greeting visitors as they emerged from Henry VIII’s former home and into the Fountain Gardens was a special Ford vs. Ferrari display, paying homage to some of Le Mans 24 Hours’ most famous racers. Among them was a Ford GT40, a Ferrari 250 LM, 365 P2 and a stunning Ferrari 250 GTO.


BEST IN SHOW – 1970 PORSCHE 917K

The ‘Best in Show’ award, voted by the owners of these cars, went to the Porsche 917 KH driven to victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1970 – Porsche’s first win at the event.


The Best in Show-winning 1969 Porsche 917 KH, was a crowd favourite throughout the event, with its imposing design and incredible backstory. In 1970, Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood drove this very same 917 KH (short-tail) with start number 23 and in the world-famous red-white Salzburg design to the first of (so far) 19 overall wins for Porsche at the circuit. The 917 was Porsche’s first time in the league of immensely powerful, large-capacity racing cars. Its 580bhp 4.5-litre 12-cylinder engine set new standards, and is still legendary today.


In a fortuitous coincidence, the winner of the event’s all-new ‘Junior Concours, sponsored by The Little Car Company’ Best in Show prize went to a petrol-powered three-quarter scale replica of this very car, named victorious against 10 other scale children’s classics.

This 1970 Le Mans-winning Porsche 917K was voted ‘Best in Show’


And this three-quarter scale replica was voted as the best ‘children’s car’.


Awards were also given out for different classes and eras. Once more judged by the owners of the Main Concours cars, the winners included the very first production Land Rover – making its debut following an enormously detailed restoration – and an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750, famed for its Mille Miglia win in the 1920s.

Not surprisingly, this Land Rover (the first one to be built) was voted Best Original car

Best Car from the 1920s was this 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750


Outside of the main Concours of Elegance cars, nearly 1000 other models parked at Hampton Court Palace for the weekend, including a collection of Future Classics, from a Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer to a Bentley Continental GT No.1 Edition. Despite the quality on display, there could really only be one winner: the Aston Martin Victor. This one-off commission is the most powerful road-legal naturally aspirated Aston Martin has ever produced, boasting 836bhp. With styling inspired by the 1980s Vantage, the mechanicals are thoroughly modern, comprised of race-ready powertrain and chassis components and lightweight carbon fibre.

The Aston Martin Victor was voted to be the Best Future Classic


Everybody loved the Messerschmitt KR three-wheeler, Especially the judges!


Also on display were some of the finest examples from the UK’s most prestigious car clubs, as part of the Club Trophy presented by the Royal Automobile Club and supported by Classic & Sports Car.


A panel of expert judges, including HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Classic and Sports Car editor, Alastair Clements, deemed a Messerschmitt KR200 to be the best on display. Powered by a two stroke 191cc Fichtel & Sachs engine that produces a modest 9bhp, the Messerschmitt wasn’t the most powerful car in the Concours, but its charming design and excellent condition won over the judges.


It will now take its place among the main concours cars for the Concours of Elegance 2021, which is already scheduled to take place from 3-5 September, as part of a special tenth running of the event.


Our Car Club displays, sponsored by Classic & Sports Car, formed a line-up of individual marques around the perimeter of the Garden, including the Jenson Owners’ Club, Alvis Owners’ Club, XK Club, E-type Club and more.


Each day the Classic & Sports Car editorial team picked their favourite, awarding a Lotus Eclat – owned by its current custodian for more than 30 years – and a Jaguar XK120 Roadster, finished in a striking bronze. This very same XK120 also caught the eye of the Jaguar Trophy judges, winning the top prize from a line-up of gathered E-types, XKs and more.

Lotus Eclat and Jaguar XK120 impressed the Classic & Sports Car editorial team


On Sunday 6th September, the Concours of Elegance welcomed in a line-up of distinguished Bentley models throughout the ages, each competing for the event’s Bentley Trophy. A judging panel, led by Giles Crickmay of Frank Dale & Stepsons, picked out a Bentley 4.25-Litre Streamlined Drophead Coupé, first owned by Bentley Boy and one-time Bentley Motors Chairman Woolf Barnato. Presented in near-perfect condition, the body is said to be finished in the colour of Barnato’s wife’s favourite dress.

Famous ‘Bentley Boy’ Woolf Barnato owned this beautiful 1926 Mulliner-bodied drophead coupe


Newly introduced for this year’s event was the Bridge of Weir Leather Design Award, picked by a committee of automotive designers gathered by the Scottish company. The stunning 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe by Gangloff, with its unique body and black over purple paintwork was recognised by the judges for its outstanding design and innovation.

Bugatti Type 57 with styling and coachwork by Gangloff


RECORD BREAKING AUCTION SALES

Gooding & Company also hosted its first sale outside of the USA at the Concours of Elegance, with a display of the lots hosted within the Tudor Courtyard of the Palace. One of the most significant vehicle collections ever gathered for sale was crowned by a Bugatti Type 59 from 1934, previously owned by King Leopold. In a record-breaking sale, this highly original car set the highest price ever for a Bugatti at auction, achieving £9,535,000. A Type 35C sold for £3,935,000 and a Type 57S Atalante for £7,855,000, setting respective records for these models. The auction also included the highest price ever for a Vauxhall 30-98 and the highest price ever for a Miura, as the SV Speciale sold for £3,207,000.

The main vehicle features were complemented by line-ups from the world’s greatest classic car specialists and car manufacturers, many of whom were displaying cars at the event for the first time. Aston Martin showcased its latest range, as well as the debut of the one-off Victor, while Ineos paraded its all-new Grenadier with a collection of rugged off-road legends. Jaguar Classic presented its continuation D-type in a bespoke two-tone colour scheme while, at the other end of the spectrum, Lotus was displaying its all-electric EVIJA hypercar and Brabham showcased its racing car for the road, the BT62R.


THE AWARD WINNERS

Best in Show – 1969 Porsche 917 KH

Pre-1915s – 1904 Fiat Type 24/32

1920s – 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750

1930s – 1930 Bentley 4.5-Litre ‘Blower’ by Gurney Nutting

1940s – 1948 Land Rover Model 80 #001

1950s – 1958 BMW 507

1960s – 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Clienti

Post-1970s –1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

The Royal Automobile Club Trophy – Messerschmitt KR200

Jaguar Trophy – 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Bentley Trophy – 1926 Bentley 4.25-Litre by Mulliner

The Junior Concours – Porsche 917

The Bridge of Weir Design Award – Bugatti Type 57 Atalante by Gangloff

Future Classics – Aston Martin Victor

Classic & Sports Car Club Display Award – Saturday: Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Classic & Sports Car Club Display Award – Sunday: Lotus Eclat

Classic & Sports Car Pre-90 Car Park Award – Saturday: Iso Grifo

Classic & Sports Car Pre-90 Car Park Award – Sunday: Mercedes 230 SL ‘Pagoda’


This 1904 FIAT was voted Best Pre-1915 car

Powerful ‘Blower Bentley’ with Gurney Nutting body to the Pre-1930s Award

Best from the 1950s was this BMW 507 V8

Ferrari 275GTB was voted Best from the 1960s….

…while its successor, the Ferrari Daytona 365GTB was the Best from the 1970s

Iso Grifo and Mercedes Benz 230SL with distinctive ‘pagoda roof’ were voted by Classic & Sports Car editors as the best cars in the special pre-1990s car park on Saturday and Sunday.



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