Last year the Royal lawns of Windsor Castle we had the wonderful Concours of Elegance, this year the event will take place in the Royal gardens of St James’s. Another sixty rare motor cars are being lined up for the historic garden party of the year.
The 2013 event will take place in St James’s, Central London, from September 5 to 7.
Historic St James’s has predominantly been home to royalty and aristocracy since the mid 17th Century. Today, amongst the many Royal Palaces and fine houses, it is the exclusive address for major corporations, gentlemen’s clubs, tailors, wine merchants and fine art houses, to name but a few. St James’s is off The Mall, the world-famous tree-lined avenue that leads up to Buckingham Palace.
The St James’s Concours of Elegance will be held in an area that encompasses the gardens of Marlborough House, Marlborough Road and St James’s Palace, the official residence of the Sovereign.
Marlborough House is a 300 year-old Royal Palace designed by Sir Christopher Wren with a large high-walled garden set to lawn. (Apart from nearby Buckingham Palace, it is one of the largest gardens in Central London.)
The St James’s Concours of Elegance will follow a similar format to last year’s Windsor Castle event: 60 rare historic cars coming from around the world with a special Preview Day on Thursday and open to the public on Friday and Saturday.
As well as all the historic car owners and their guests, Owners from the 2012 event will be invited to join the Owners Club.
Organisers of the UK’s 2013 Concours of Elegance have announced its line-up of 60 spectacular cars which will be on display. With over 20 cars coming from the UK, 16 from Europe, 13 from the States and the rest from as far afield as Argentina, Mexico and Russia, many of these car have never before been seen in public.
Included in the line-up is the 1928 Bugatti Type 35B, winner of the first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929; the 1953 Mille-Miglia winner – a Ferrari 340 MM Vignale Spyder; and the 1969 Porsche 917K 023, winner of the 1970 24-Hours of Le Mans. Not to mention two World Speed Record holders and a number of other unique cars with notable histories both on and off the track. An extremely eclectic mix of rare cars, offering something for everyone.
The event aims to raise money for a number of charities working in the field of cancer care, support and research. The principal partner is Marie Curie Cancer Care, the charity which gives people with terminal illnesses the choice to die at home, surrounded by the people and things they cherish. Last year’s event raised in excess of £250,000 for charities.
In just one year, the UK’s Concours of Elegance has become one of the most talked about events in the international historic car calendar. Marlborough House, in London’s historic St James’s, is a 300-year-old Royal Palace adjacent to St James’s Palace and The Mall.
Tickets can be purchased at www.concoursofelegance.co.uk or by calling The Ticket Factory on 0844 338 8000. (International visitors, please call +44 121 767 5052.)
List of Cars as at June 10, 2013 – Correct at time of Publication
1907 Darracq 18HP Double-Phaeton
1907 Itala 120hp
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Grande Luxe Vanden Plas
1922 Hispano-Suiza Boulogne
1923 Delage Type DH V12 (below)1923 Newton 200 Mile Race car (below)
1924 Aston Martin Side Valve Boat-Tail Tourer
1924 Newton 200 Mile Race car
1925 Bentley 3 litre ‘Team Car’
1928 Bugatti Type 35B
1928 Bugatti Type 40 Cabriolet Fiacre ‘Lidia’
1929 Mercedes-Benz Type SS (W06) Cabriolet
1929 OM 665 SSMM 2.3 litre
1930 Bugatti Type 43A
1930 Bentley Speed Six ‘Old Number 3’ Vanden Plas Tourer
1930 Bentley Speed-Six ‘Sportsman Coupé’ Gurney Nutting
1930 Cadillac V16 2 Passenger Roadster
1930 Stutz SV16 Monte Carlo Weymann
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Aprile Spider Corsa
1931 Bentley 8 litre Drop Head Coupé Park Ward
1932 Bugatti Type 50T Coach Profilée
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Open Sports Tourer
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupé Freestone & Webb
1933 Napier-Railton 24 Litre Special
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Brianza
1934 Duesenberg Sedan Limousine (below)
1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Erdmann & Rossi Streamline Roadster
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Streamlined Drophead Coupé H.J. Mulliner
1937 Delahaye Type 135-M Cabrolet
1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet Voll & Ruhrbeck
1938 Jaguar SS Graber Coupé
1938 Lancia Astura 4e Série Cabriolet
1939 Bugatti 57C Cabriolet Voll & Ruhrbeck
1940 Aston Martin Type C Speed Model
1953 Fiat 8V Zagato
1953 Ferrari 340 MM Vignale Spyder
1953 Siata 208 CS Berlinetta Balbo
1953 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta Oblin
1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti (below)
1955 Bentley Continental Drop Head Coupé Park Ward
1955 Jaguar D-Type
1955 Maserati A6G/54 2000 Spider Zagato
1955/56 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Speciale
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Zagato
1956 Ferrari 500 TR 0638MDTR
1956 Pegaso Z102 B 3.2 Touring Berlinetta
1958/9 Maserati Tipo 420/M/58 Eldorado Special
1959 Aston Martin DBR1/4
1960 Ferrari 250 GTO 64 C
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Scaglietti
1964 Jaguar E-Type ‘Semi-lightweight’
1964 Ferrari 250 Le Mans Berlinetta Pininfarina
1966 Jaguar XJ13
1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder
1969 Porsche 917 Kurzheck #023
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sports
More news to follow on this wonderful event as we get it. It was right up there as my event of 2012.