Where & When
Hampton Court Palace will be the exceptional setting for the 2017 Concours of Elegance
Be there between 1st – 3rd September 2017.
History & Pageantry
Concours of Elegance returns to the exceptional grounds of Hampton Court Palace — Henry VIII’s legendary riverside retreat, this Historic Royal Palace in Greater London last hosted the Concours of Elegance in 2014.
The Concours of Elegance will bring together the rarest cars from all corners of the world. At the heart of the Concours will be 60 cars since it was established in 2012 in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Hundreds more cars will support the event, with special features from partner manufacturers, collectors and clubs from all over the world.
Tickets to the Concours of Elegance can be bought from Concours of Elegance website.
- VIP Preview (1st September) Day Admission £50
- Adult Day Admission (from 9.30am) £40
- Adult Afternoon Admission (after 1.00pm) £25
- Senior Citizen (over 60) £25
- Child/Student Day Admission £17.50
- Disabled (Carers Free)
Ferrari 70th Anniversary
On Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the Concours is hosting some of its most important models, including a 1952 Ferrari 342 America Pininfarina Coupé. Ferrari’s legendary 250 line will be represented by a 250 GT SWB, 250 LM Scaglietti and a 250MM. From some of Ferrari’s earliest models to one of its newest, the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta will also be on display.
The poster – illustrated by Charles Avalon – shows a parade of Ferraris travelling away from Hampton Court Palace, led by a 340MM Vignale Spyder and 375 America Pininfarina Coupé Speciale.
This Ferrari 375 – displayed at the 1953 Geneva Motor Show – is one of Ferrari’s most exclusive models ever, with just three built.
The Concours of Elegance poster is available to buy from Pullman Editions
The Concours of Elegance remains unique in the UK as the only automotive event to be held at a royal venue each year. 2017 marks the sixth year of spectacular automotive gatherings in some of the world’s most iconic locations, including St James’s Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Windsor Castle and, of course, Hampton Court Palace.
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is the Concours of Elegance’s Patron, and serves as Chief Judge in the highly desired Royal Automobile Club Trophy. Bringing together the ‘best of the best’ of the UK’s car club scene, the Club Trophy winner is granted automatic entry into the following year’s Concours of Elegance selection of 60 cars.
Best in Show
The annual Concours of Elegance differs from a traditional concours because the judging is conducted entirely and exclusively by the owners of the vehicles entered and not by a formal judging panel. The Concours of Elegance organisers maintain that if a car has been invited to participate, it is already a winner. Each vehicle owner given one vote for another car in the Concours that they consider the most elegant. The car with the most votes receives the Concours of Elegance Pullman Trophy and is named ‘Best in Show’.
As with every Concours of Elegance event, the 2017 affair is focused on raising “significant” money for charity. Last year’s event at Windsor Castle raised in excess of £250,000, and the total raised since the Concours began in 2012 has now surpassed £1 million.
More about Ferrari at Concours of Elegance
A Ferrari with a particularly interesting history is the 250MM once raced on the Carrera Panamericana. The man at the wheel was Mexican, Efrain Ruiz Echeverria, tackling the Panamericana in 1953 among a world-class grid of drivers and cars. Phil Hill was there in a Ferrari and Fangio in a Lancia, along with Taruffi and Castelotti, so Echeverria certainly had a challenge ahead of him. Nevertheless, Echeverria finished the race in seventh as the top privateer – an incredible achievement.
Leading the parade of Ferraris in Concours of Elegance’s 2017 poster is the Ferrari 340MM Vignale Spyder. Conceived to win the 1953 Mille Miglia, this particular model was extensively raced in period, including a fourth-place finish at Silverstone and a victory at the Sowega National Sports Car races.
The 250 GT SWB Competizione represents the end of an era for Ferrari, as the last car that customers could race successfully – without serious modification – and then drive home in. For example, 250 GT SWBs finished first, second and third at Le Mans in period. This specific car had a successful career, finishing third overall at Spa and first in class at the Tourist Trophy.
The Ferrari 330GTS with only 100 variants built, is the kind of more comfortable, easier-to-drive Ferrari that followed the 250 GT SWB Competizione.
Concours of Elegance will be welcoming the 250 LM Scaglietti that raced successfully including an overall win at the 12 Hours of Reims in 1964.
Representing the very latest of the Ferrari model line-up is the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. The open-top version of Ferrari’s latest flagship model, pairs a 6.0-litre V12 engine with an electric KERS system to produce almost 1000hp.
World’s First Speeding Ticket
Also at the Concours of Elegance in the U.K., will be the first car to ever receive a speeding ticket: the 1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage. The driver, Walter Arnold, was travelling at 8mph – four times the speed limit – he was caught by a policeman on a bicycle.
It always helps to have H.M. The Queen’s cousin as the chief judge becuase you also get to hold the Concours of Elegance in some really exclusive royal locations.
A new addition to the Concours of Elegance this year is a revamped ‘Talking Concours’, featuring a number of parades throughout the weekend. Collections of vehicles will start their engines and drive through the grounds and up onto the stage, allowing visitors to experience more of the sounds and smells of these iconic cars than ever before.
Please do visit the event for the sake of charity and have a great time!
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 travelogue ‘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).