2019 noticed the eighth version of the Concours of Class happening as soon as once more on the Nice Fountain Backyard at Hampton Court docket Palace, situated on the financial institution of the river Thames at about 18 miles southeast from London. The palace building began in 1515 and by 1529 was the favorite place of King Henry VIII, however.., let’s discuss vehicles.
Gathered on the palace backyard there was a collection of about 75 of the rarest vehicles from world wide, a few of them by no means seen earlier than within the UK.
This 12 months’s venue had three particular celebrations, 100 years of Bentley, additionally 100 years of Zagato and the 70th anniversary of Ferrari 166MM. Concerning the Concours of Class, it was divided into 11 classes, which can be described with somewhat extra element additional forward on this article.
This 12 months’s venues as marked with a couple of particular celebrations with very particular ‘visitors’.
100 years of Bentley
Bentley is at all times very effectively represented on this occasion, however this 12 months was particular because it was his 100th birthday that was being celebrated.
And for this particular celebration, even the royal home couldn’t miss. And I’m not speaking about Her Majesty the Queen, however as a substitute Her State Limousine, which was current on the occasion.
Amongst different distinguished presences, there have been a Mulsanne Velocity W.O. Version by Mulliner and a Continental GT Quantity 9 Version (as seen within the subsequent image), each fashions restricted to solely 100 items.
Probably the most distinguished presence on this Bentley’s celebration was the Velocity Six Outdated No.1, the mannequin that received the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race twice in 1929 and 1930 (image might be seen additional forward on this article).
100 years of Zagato
To have a good time the 100th anniversary of Zagato, Aston Martin Homeowners membership put collectively a show of every one of many fashions and variants bodied by Zagato, which resulted in a lineup of 15 fashions aspect by aspect, chronologically organized.
Beginning in two examples of the 1961 DB4 GT Zagato and ending with the 2018 Vanquish Zagato (in a complete of Four completely different variants, Taking pictures Brake, Speedster, Coupe and Volante).
70th Anniversary of Ferrari 166MM
To have a good time the 70th anniversary of the Ferrari’s 166MM mannequin the group managed to collect a 212 Export Berlinetta Touring from 1951 and 4 166MM, amongst them the chassis 0008M.
It may be thought of the kick-starting of Ferrari’s success in motorsport, after successful the Mille Miglia and 24 Hours of Le Mans again in 1949 and all the opposite races it took half.
Concours of Class
The VIII version of the Concours of Class was cut up into 11 distinct classes. Right here’s the checklist of every class in addition to its winner and some phrases about it:
Pre-1920s: 1904 Napier L49
Napier constructed the world’s first 6 cylinder automobile in 1903, this precise mannequin is the oldest identified surviving instance. It has 4942cc, side-valve and three-speed gearbox.
1920s: 1929 Bentley Velocity Six Outdated No.1
Constructed as a racing automobile, amongst different achievements received Le Mans in 1929 and 1930. At the moment it had 6.5 liters engine and completely different coachwork as (based on Le Mans guidelines) all of the opponents needed to have a Four seat and carry the equal peak of three passengers. Solely later in 1932 did it have the engine and coachwork upgraded.
It’s one of the well-known ‘Bentley Boys’ automobile ever constructed.
1930s: 1938 Stout Scarab
A very artwork deco on wheels, it’s credited by some because the world’s first manufacturing minivan. This particular unit has the legend of been used for a gathering in Morocco between normal Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle throughout WWII.
It has a rear-mounted three.6-liter ford V8. Solely 9 had been constructed (!).
1940s: 1949 Ferrari 166MM #0008
This mannequin, particularly, had an necessary function in cementing Ferrari’s legendary popularity, because it received 1949 version of 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s additionally believed that he received Mille Miglia two months earlier in that 12 months.
The 166MM was the supply of the designation Barchetta when sooner or later somebody mentioned: “it resembled a small boat (or Barchetta in Italian)”. It has a 1995cc with 140bhp V12 engine, 5-speed handbook, and rear-wheel-drive.
1950s: 1951 Pegaso Z102
Launched in 1951 Paris, this Spanish creation was claimed to be ‘A pure racing automobile tailored for the on a regular basis use’.
Initially a cabriolet received its Berlinetta bodywork in 1953 which nonetheless stands till right now. That is the oldest surviving Pegaso on the planet. It has a 2816cc V8 with Four carburetors producing 170bhp.
1960s: 1965 Ford GT40
A automobile that doesn’t want shows, the Ford unit was current within the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966 (retired resulting from engine issues). Claimed to be one of the authentic racing GT40 on the planet. You’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the Ford GT40 right here.
Publish-1970s: McLaren F1
One other mannequin that wants no introduction as this specific unit, chassis 063, has just lately gone on a nut and bolt restoration by Mclaren Particular Operations. Learn extra particulars in regards to the McLaren F1 right here.
The Membership Trophy: Vauxhall 30-98
An ordinary Four-seater with open tourer physique, greatest referred to as Vauxhall Velox was constructed between 1913 and 1927.
The Bridge of Weir Jaguar Trophy: Jaguar C-Sort
Photograph Courtesy of The Concours of Class Staff
You’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the particulars of the Jaguar C-Sort on this article.
Future Classics: Aston Martin Vulcan
The Vulcan is one in all solely 24 ever constructed and fully developed for monitor use.
Finest in Present: 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
The perfect of Present was not chosen by the Concours judges who selected the opposite winners, however as a substitute, by the house owners of the taking part vehicles, which elected the 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker because the Finest in Present.
Completed in 1919, was ordered by a person that at the moment was Rolls Royce’s greatest consumer, proudly owning a minimum of 25 different Silver Ghost fashions, the Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.
The bodywork was created by the British firm Barker, impressed by the French coachbuilder Henri Labourdette. It was primarily used for chook taking pictures, the rationale why it nonetheless carries a pair of Patiala 12-bore shotguns on either side.
These had been the elected winners of the 2019’s version of Concours of Class, for apparent causes, and this text will solely level these vehicles.
However they’re simply 11 out of 75 magnificent machines and all of them with a narrative to inform. One was the primary popping out of the manufacturing line to a different featured in a Hollywood film. One other was one discovered rotting in a French backyard after which restored right into a Concours state. To not point out the historical past of race participation that a lot of them have on prime of that. I’m certain that the judges had a extremely arduous time to decide on the winners of every class.
It was a unprecedented occasion and it was a privilege to be allowed to stroll by such exceptional fashions, in such a exceptional place filled with historical past and with nice significance because the Hampton Court docket Palace. Congratulations to all of the folks for the group of one other memorable occasion.
Now, please feast your eyes with a collection of pictures from the eighth version of the Hampton Court docket Concours of Class.
Hampton Court docket Concours of Class Picture Gallery