- The new City Concours will bring the finest cars to the City of London; from ‘Legends of Le Mans’ to the ‘Evolution of the Supercar’.
- One of the world’s most original Jaguar D-Types, which finished 2nd at Le Mans in 1957 will attend.
- Visitors will also see the hand-built, one-of-seven Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder.
- City Concours will be held at the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters from 8 – 9 June 2017
- Tickets and hospitality packages are on sale now from City Concours
Last year, AlphaLuxe reported on the Concours of Elegance 2016 at Windsor Castle
‘Thorough Events’ organised the first Concours of Elegance in 2012 and subsequent iterations under royal patronage at various royal palaces across the UK. Now, the same outfit announced a brand new City Concours, which will bring some of the world’s most incredible cars to the heart of the City of London this Summer.
Gathering on the Royal Honourable Artillery HQ lawn (near Barbican), will be more than 80 cars specially curated in categories ranging from ‘Legends of Le Mans’, through to ‘American Muscle and ‘Evolution of the Supercar’. The full list of categories is:
- The Swinging Sixties
- Legends of Le Mans
- F1 Hall of Fame
- Evolution of the Supercar
- American Muscle
- Alternative Power
- Modern Bespoke
One of the event’s ‘Legends of Le Mans’ is already confirmed as Jaguar D-Type ‘RSF 303’ – one of the most original and successful D-Types in existence.
This car finished 2nd in Jaguar’s legendary 1-2-3-4-6 finish at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1957, and was widely campaigned by the famous Scottish racing team ‘Ecurie Ecosse’, whose colours it wears to this day.
‘RSF 303’ has never been fully restored; it features the same engine block fitted by ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ in 1959, and wears all the interior battle scars that a Le Mans podium finisher should. It is one of the most incredible D-Types in existence.
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder
Featuring in the ‘Modern Bespoke’ category, which focuses on low volume coachbuilt modern cars, will be the one-of-seven Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder. Inspired by the styling of the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante of the Fifties, the Touring is based on the chassis and powertrain of the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider.
The custom built body comes from Italian coachbuilders, Touring Superleggera, hand-finished by a team of expert craftsman in a process that – from start-to-finish – takes about 10,000 hours.
Each of the cars is carefully selected by the City Concours steering committee, which includes experts from the event’s partners at ‘Octane’ and ‘evo’. Some of the UK’s best automotive manufacturers and specialists will also bring displays of cars, with an additional 80 supercars and sports cars — For Sale.
Tickets to the City Concours are available now from their website.
Hospitality, including breakfast and lunch packages, are available from Rachel Roullier (Rachel@thoroughevents.co.uk) or Telephone: +44.(0)7826-907121.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you enough in advance.
P.S. The 2017 Concours of Elegance will take place at Hampton Court Palace but we will bring you more news at a later date.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).