Concours Virtual is a brand-new, online-only contest that’s set to fill the void left by the cancellation of concours events around the world, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while also raising money for Unicef.
The event started on the 30 June and will continue until 9 August, 120 cars in 15 classes will be judged by more than 40 experts, who’ll have the tough task of selecting a Best in Show. There’s also a People’s Choice Award and class favourites, decided by public vote.
The event is taking place on social media and at concoursvirtual.com. There is a class in tribute to the late Sir Stirling Moss, plus others including one dedicated to ’70s concept cars, a Formula One category and ‘Cars of the Art Deco period’.
Among the judges are Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Wayne Carini, of the Discovery Channel’s Chasing Classic Cars, and the Duke of Richmond, who said: “I am delighted to be involved in the Concours Virtual. It’s a difficult time for events in the classic car world and this is a creative response and at the same time supports the great work of Unicef.”
It is hoped that £100,000 will be raised for Unicef and donations can be made online.
“There are thousands of frustrated classic and supercar owners around the world who would have been attending events this year but due to the pandemic have been unable to do so,” said Geoff Love of organisers Hothouse Media. “We wanted to change this and provide an opportunity for them to show their cars, for the public to see them, and at the same time provide money for a worthwhile charity.”
“The love of the automobile endures!” added McKeel Hagerty, CEO of sponsor Hagerty. “Through pandemics, wars, recessions and uncertainty, people who love cars will carry on. The Concours Virtual is a celebration of that spirit.”