Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance

Posted on 19 September 2014

Now in its third year, the Concours of Elegance is established as a world-class international concours to match the very best. In just two years, 120 of the world’s rarest collector cars have been enticed and assembled on rarely accessed Royal lawns - Windsor Castle in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Jubilee and St. James’s in 2013. Hampton Court Palace in 2014 easily continued this tradition of the absolute best in venues.

Only 60 of the world’s finest and most interesting cars are accepted into this event, and the lucky owners are also invited – including to a dinner in the historic banqueting hall of the palace. The17th Century Royal Palace at Hampton Court was in fact Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence. This majestic festival of rare historic cars took place in front of the spectacular east side of the Palace in the Grand Fountain gardens amongst the 300 year old yew trees and included some of the world’s rarest motor cars, ranging from 1896 to present day.

One of the cars specially invited to attend was an Amilcar C6. Following a full restoration by Thornley Kelham, this car won the Bob Porter Prize for most authentic restoration of an historic Amilcar from the Amilcar and Salmson Register earlier in the year. With its well-documented race history, it really complemented the other rare and important cars on show in the beautiful setting of Hampton Court Palace. We were told later that it had garnered the third highest number of votes amongst all the 60 owners as their favourite car!

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