If you are visiting or residing in the UK this Autumn and have an interest in luxury or classic cars, here is an interesting couple of days out in the countryside. You can also blow the Christmas budget at the classic car auction!
The Concours of Elegance 2016 will showcase 200 years of coachbuilt luxury from 19th century carriages to 21st century Supercars. By the Grace of Her Majesty The Queen, it will be held at Windsor Castle between 2nd – 4th September 2016. Sixty of the world’s rarest cars will be parked in Windsor Castle’s Quadrangle whilst more than 1000 exotic cars participate in the largest Concours of Elegance yet.
Highlights include Her Majesty The Queen’s 1800s Ascot Landau by Hooper and 1842 ‘Ivory Mounted’ Phaeton by Barker as well as the hot trending 2016 Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spider. Visitors are invited to admire the hand-crafted luxury of legendary coachbuilders including Pininfarina, Zagato and Saoutchik.
One of the primary aims of Concours of Elegance is to raise money for charity, and this year’s funds will help The Queen’s Choral Foundation, The Household Cavalry Foundation and Springfield Youth Club Hackney. To date, Concours of Elegance has raised more than £800,000 for its charities.
Tickets to the Concours of Elegance 2016 are available now with an adult ticket costing £40 and discounts for children. A variety of hospitality packages are also available.
Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The oldest parts were originally built by William the Conqueror in the decade after the Norman conquest of 1066 with renovations and additions continuing till today. Recent repairs since the fire damage of HM The Queen’s “annus horribilis” in 1992 and other projects have made it a ‘working palace’ and historic centre. The next project by the Royal Collection Trust is to reinstate the original entrance hall of the castle to visitors to include a dedicated learning centre.
This is the second time the Concours of Elegance will be held in Windsor Castle. The inaugural Concours of Elegance 2012 was held within Windsor Castle to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. Since then, venues have been St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 and Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse in 2015.
What to See
It’s September in the UK so bring both your sunglasses and an umbrella because the weather could swing either way! 🙂
You’ll need your camera to capture memories of the 1,060 exotic cars and carriages.
Apart from the jolly good time to be had, remember it’s also for charity. You can have your luxury fun and feel good about it.
The Royal Household is entering five coachbuilt bodies to contend the Concours of Elegance including the Royal Carriages of Hooper and Barker, with the coachbuilt 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI ‘High Top’ State Limousine and 2002 Bentley State Saloon by Mulliner also on display.
After the earliest Royal Carriages such as the 1842 Phaeton, the Concours also displays Barker’s famous elegant Rolls-Royce bodies. From 1908, the Concours will be displaying the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Roi des Belges Tourer by Barker, as well as the 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Alpine Eagle.
The streamlined, chrome-detailed designs of Saoutchik, a Paris-based coachbuilder will be on display. The futuristic 1937 Hispano-Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia, featured sliding doors and a streamlined art deco body, sits alongside the 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Saoutchik Grand Sport Cabriolet from the Golden Age of coachbuilt luxury.
A number of Pininfarina-designed Ferraris will be displayed but a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Pininfarina Coupé is expected.
Zagato was founded in 1919 and remains a prominent coachbuilder to this day.
Early Zagato work on display at the Concours includes the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider; a coachbuilt model based on one of the most successful racing cars of all time.
Zagato work with Aston Martin such as the 1961 DB4 GT Zagato and 2012 V12 Zagato will appear at Windsor Castle.
Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera
The latest coachbuilt style is showcased in the 2016 Disco Volante Spider from Touring Superleggera. Based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider powered by a 4.7-litre V8 engine , only seven were made.
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