The 9th Concours of Elegance took place at the Hampton Court Palace on 4-6th Sept 2020. It was a true delight that this event took place given so many events in 2020 have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines. 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which had never been seen before in the UK, were in attendance. It was a great day out, here’s our postcard from the day we attended, 4th Sept 2020.
Following on from the London Concours which was the first car show that we’d attended in 2020, due to the UK lockdown, it was truly a delight that Concours of Elegance was on. Those of you that know me, or have read our previous posts will know that this event along with Salon Privé are two of my very favourite classic car shows. They are both very special shows with the chance to see cars (even for me) that I’ve never seen before or knew that existed.
Gratefully the day we chose to attend (media and owners day) was dry. The show did not disappoint. Here’s three videos of three wonderful cars on display, what cars…
1995 McLaren F1 GTR (no. 07R)
We got up close to the LaFerrari Aperta hypercar. One of our all-time favourites, and simply one of the best cars ever made.
The ‘Best in Show’ award, voted by the owners of the Concours of Elegance cars, went to the Porsche 917 KH driven to victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1970 – Porsche’s first win at the event. Here’s our video, which the compère gives us more information about the car. The very iconic, and I’d so love to drive it…
We had the pleasure of seeing up close some cool 1960’s racing cars from Le Mans. Historic machines – every single one of them. These have to have a value of way over £100m, what do you reckon?
There were some trying amazing cars at the show. The most unusual was the propellor-driven Leyat Helica. This vehicle might not be capable of flight, but its aeroplane-inspired design is certainly unique. This Helica is a replica of one of the rarest cars in the world, with only two of the original model left, located in France. The car ran at slow speeds over the Concours of Elegance weekend and drew many intrigued looks from interested onlookers. What to you think?
A few of my personal favourite cars from the show included:
1954 Maserati 250F ex-works
Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe by Gangloff
So many more cars. Read our Top 10 cars from Concours of Elegance 2020 and check out our favourite photos from Concours of Elegance 2020.
All in all, as always a great show. A personal favourite classic car show of ours. I cannot wait until next year.
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