Monday, 10 September 2012

Windsor Concours of Elegance

Windsor's inaugural concours event sits within an inspired niche. Proper concours shows are few and far between in the UK, and everyday oiks such as SuckSqueezeBangBlow have no hope of enjoying Salon Privé at £200-odd a ticket. So the opportunity to view a collection of world-class classics at a reasonable price is one to be grabbed with both hands, particularly when the event takes place at a venue as dramatic and picturesque as Windsor Castle.
The arrow-straight approach to the castle gates was lined with displays provided by the likes of Bentley, McLaren, Jaguar and Octane magazine, demonstrating a near-endless succession of desirable and aspirational cars (quite a few of which could be seen at Chelsea Auto Legends last week!), but it was within the courtyard of the castle that the magic lay. This was no thrown-together collection; each car present had earned its place, numbering amongst them three Pebble Beach winners and four star cars from the 2012 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. You can see the full entrant list here - from the ahead-of-its-time Voisin C-25 Berline Aérodyne to the brilliantly odd Rolls-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupé, there was much in the way of majesty and splendour, an aesthetic reinforced by some genuine royal cars. Those of a sporting bent were catered for by the Ferrari SWB Berlinetta, 166 MM Touring Barchetta and Maserati A6GCS, while the 'cars-that-look-like-spaceships' area was nicely covered by the Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic. There really was something for everyone, and the glorious weather ensured that the event, uncluttered and free of crowds, was just perfect. Let's hope there's more of this in the future.
Full set of photos here.

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