LONDON CONCOURS SET FOR AUGUST DATES
The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, has been given formal approval to run on 19-20 August by its venue, meaning it’ll be the UK’s first major automotive event to take place since February. With audience welfare in mind, the organisers have created a new operational plan that has been put in place including revised hospitality, audience capacity and increased venue space as well as separate morning and afternoon tickets.
Rowan Kitching, Director of Events at The HAC, said: ‘We are delighted to support the return of London Concours to The HAC. As such a key event in our calendar it was welcome news that outdoor spaces could reopen their doors in order for us to showcase this fabulous event on the beautiful Artillery Garden at The HAC. I’ve been hugely impressed by all the hard work behind the scenes that our teams have shown to make our venues and events a safe and secure place to visit.”
Over the past months, London Concours organisers have continued to secure partners and content for the event. Visitors will be treated to curated feature displays of ‘The Lost Marques’ – a collection of car manufacturers lost to time – ‘The Speed of Sand’, which brings together the Hot Rods that annually gather on Pendine Sands, ‘The Era of the Hypercar’, which collects the latest and most innovative performance cars, and more.
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With an offering of nearly 100 automotive icons from the modern day to the early 20th Century, the Honourable Artillery Company HQ’s glorious 20,000 sq/m lawn – near to Bank and Moorgate – will be transformed into a motoring utopia for two days only, complete with displays from specialist automotive dealers and manufacturers. But London Concours is not just about the cars on display; it’s an automotive garden party complete with boutiques from watchmakers, Montres Breguet, arthouses, fashion brands and fine food and drink.
The London Concours has now increased its venue space at The HAC by more than a third, taking the total space to 20,000 sq/m. Combined with a limit on the number of people allowed in the venue at any one time, the event will offer visitors more space to enjoy the content than ever before. A special rate has been negotiated for parking close to the venue, for those who may now choose to drive to the event.
Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “We’re enormously excited by this breakthrough. The event has received so much support from partnering brands and we look forward to welcoming many more in addition to our visiting guests. We can, and we will, create an extraordinary event comparable to previous years thanks to our robust event plan.”
The London Concours 2020 takes place from 19-20 August. Ticket allocation is restricted compared with previous years, but spaces are still available at www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets.
In the unlikely event of cancellation, ticket buyers will be given a full refund or their ticket can be deferred to 2021.
BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM EVENTS DATE CHANGES
The British Motor Museum is well known for its extensive and diverse range of motoring shows, gatherings and rallies that normally take place over the summer months. Unfortunately with the continuing COVID-19 restrictions, the Museum has had to make further changes to this year’s show programme.
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The intention of the Museum is, where possible, to postpone rather than cancel shows whilst consistently adhering to Government advice. The Museum is currently putting in place all the necessary measures and risk assessments to ensure that when it re-opens it has the safety of visitors and staff at the centre of everything it does. This information will all be available on its website prior to the Museum re-opening and any show taking place.
So subject to COVID restrictions, the Museum is currently still planning for the Old Ford Rally to take place on 19 July and the Yakushi Car Club Meet on the new date of 26 July. A final decision about both events will be made by 17 June and published on their website and social media channels. The Gaydon Land Rover Show which was scheduled to take place on 9 - 10 May, has been moved to 1 - 2 August. The Classic & Vintage Commercial Show has been postponed from 13 & 14 June to 8 & 9 August.
The National Metro & Mini Show and BMC & Leyland Show, which were planned for June and July will now take place on 6 September. Whilst the Retro Truck show is still scheduled for 12 & 13 September, Mogfest on 26 September, the Large Model Aircraft Show on 25 October and the Great British Model Railway Show on 7 & 8 November.
Unfortunately a few of the shows have been cancelled but will return in 2021. These include the UK Slot Car Festival which would have taken place on 16 & 17 May, Ford Nationals on 28 June, TR Drivers on 12 July, the MGF 25th Anniversary on 25 July, the Banbury Run on 16 August and the Buses Festival which was due to take place on 23 August. All the 2021 dates for these shows will be published on the Museum’s website as soon as they are confirmed.
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum stated “It is disappointing to have to make further changes to our show programme, but we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support. We hope that many of our visitors will still be able to join us when we can safely deliver our first-class shows”.
Tickets for cancelled events will be refunded and processed over the next few weeks. For postponed events, all sold tickets will be valid for the new dates with refunds available on request. For updated ticketing information you are advised to9 visit the website at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/news/coronavirus-update-for-visitors.
BLENHEIM PALACE SALON PRIVE DATE CHANGE
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding us here in the UK and indeed around the world, the Directors of Salon Privé have taken a pragmatic decision to move the 2020 edition back 3 weeks, with the event now taking place from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th September.
The event’s success depends upon a number of parameters, with public safety and confidence remaining a prerequisite; therefore, they believe this is a sensible response to the data they have before us at the time of writing.
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Thinking back to the inaugural year in 2006 at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham, South West London, Salon Privé showcased just 41 cars to hundreds of guests over 4 days in mid-June. By contrast, in 2019, Salon Privé showcased over 2100 classic, super and hyper cars to over 25,000 guests over 4 days in early-September.
Now in its 15th year, the event continues to attract an international gathering of guests, Concours’ entrants and of course automotive manufacturers in both the luxury and supercar sectors, so it is essential we host the event at a time when, hopefully, confidence will be greatly restored. With more than 95% of the exhibitor space sold, the event is already all but complete and raring to go.
“Many manufacturers now consider Salon Privé 2020 as their first opportunity to debut new models to the UK and in some cases, the global market. As a result, we anticipate even more launches than the record number of 11 debuts in 2019.” said David Bagley, Salon Privé Sales Director.
“I would like to thank our Event Patron and good friend, His Grace, the 12th Duke of Marlborough, and the Blenheim Palace team for accommodating this move. It takes considerable effort and investment to prepare for Salon Privé and to have such support from all our long-standing sponsors, automotive partners, luxury brands and UK Car Clubs, is very humbling and gratifying indeed.
There is a huge desire to host this very special annual event and these extra three weeks should ensure we can open the Palace doors to what will be our most spectacular automotive celebration yet.” commented Andrew Bagley, Salon Privé Concours Chairman.
For more information go to the event website at www.salonpriveconcours.com