Chris Walsh looks ahead at what to expect at the 2017 Concourse of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace in September.
If, like me, you enjoy a classic car in a classic setting, then the Concours of Elegance may well be the place for you to attend this September. This year’s event will welcome a host of rare and important Aston Martins to Hampton Court Palace, tracing the history of the brand from the 1923 Aston Martin ‘Clover Leaf’ all the way through to the DBR9/01 racer.
There will be a special Aston Martin V8 display of more than 100 vehicles, including an example of each V8-engined model produced by the iconic British manufacturer. And no Aston Martin display would be complete without a showing of the legendary partnership between Aston Martin and Italian design house Zagato. Perhaps their most beautiful creation, the DB4GT Zagato, will be on display in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace – one of just 19 versions ever made.
The Concours of Elegance always tells the complete story of the motor car, and 2017’s event will be no different. Representing one of the earliest on display is the 1903 Panhard-Levassor. A rarity in itself, this car is all the more special because it’s been in the same family since new, marking 114 years of careful ownership.
The Concours travels through the world’s most legendary road and racing cars from the likes of Alfa Romeo, Bugatti and Ferrari, before reaching the 1958 Maserati 300S, famously driven by Sir Stirling Moss to two race victories in the ‘50s.
The poster cars of the ‘70s and ‘80s will also be on display at Hampton Court Palace alongside some of the latest and most exclusive models currently on the road today, and for the first time at the Concours of Elegance, many of the cars on display will be taking a trip over the event’s new central stage. Featuring commentary and interviews with some of the world’s foremost motoring experts, the stage will provide a focal point for all visitors to the Concours of Elegance.
As well as the cars in the main display, visitors will also be treated to a parade of pre-1904 cars, a range of ultra-exclusive supercars and a variety of displays from the nation’s best car clubs.
Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance (1-3 September) start from just £25, with concessions from £17.50. Children under five and carers can enter free of charge. Members of the public also have the opportunity to attend on Friday 1 September, a day normally reserved for the owners of the main Concours cars.