Concours of Elegance Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle has been the family home of British Kings and Queens for over 1,000 years.
Her Majesty the Queen spends most of her private weekends here.

The castle is breath taking, situated on top of a hill, it takes up 5 hectares and is the largest and oldest castle in the world in continuous use.

The Concours display of 66 historic cars was in the Castle’s quadrangle in celebration of the Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday and it created a wonderful atmosphere enhanced by a string quartet from the Household Cavalry playing classical music in the entrance to the Queens private apartments.

Attention to detail was everywhere; each car had been pains takingly prepared with some cars brought by their owners from overseas especially for the occasion, the elegantly dressed exhibitors and visitors also enhanced the day.

The hard cover souvenir catalogue is a standout document with the history and details of each of the 66 cars on display; it will be valuable addition to any car enthusiast’s book collection.

The weather was reasonably kind with a mostly fine day.

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The following cars formed the Concours display within the quadrangle:

  1. Edward VII’s 1900 Daimler Mail Phaeton by Hooper (this was the first car in the British Royal Family) is part of the Royal collection.
    2. 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI Mulliner / Park Ward High Top State Limousine (known as Rolls-Royce No. 1) is still in current use by the Royal household.
    3. 2002 Bentley State Limousine By Mulliner (known as Bentley No. 1 is In current use by Her Majesty the Queen)
    4. 1800’s Ascot Landau by Hooper by Hooper and is still used by the Queen at annually at Royal Ascot.
  2. 1842 Ivory Mounted Phaeton by Barker, this Phaeton was built for Queen Victoria and is used by the Queen annually at the Trooping of the Colour.
  3. 1895 Benz Velo ‘Confortable’
  4. 1956 Maserati Tipo 200SI Barchetta Chassis No. 2408
  5. 1928 Bentley 4½ Litre Vandan Plas Le Mans (‘YW5758’)
  6. 1930 Bentley Speed Six Vandan Plas Tourer (‘Old Number 2’)
  7. 1963 Jaguar E-type Lightweight, ex-Roy Salvadori
  8. 1954 Jaguar D-type (‘OKV 1’)
  9. 1934 Packard Twelve Dietrich Stationary Coupe
  10. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider RHD
  11. 1929 Isotta-Fraschini Cesare Sala Sedanca de Ville
  12. 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Coupe
  13. Fiat 8 V Rapi Berlinetta
  14. 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Saoutckik Grand Sport Cabriolet
  15. 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental H. J. Mulliner ‘Fastback’ Sports Saloon
  16. 1964 Porsche 99 Coupe1965 Rallye Monte Carlo
  17. 1934 Audi Front UW225 Erdmann & Rossi Roadster
  18. 1929 Bentley Speed Six Saoutchik Drop Head Coupe
  19. 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
  20. 1935 Aston Martin Ulster Competition Sports MkII (‘CMC614’)
  21. 1898 Panhard-Levassor Two-Seater 8hp ‘Paris-Amsterdam Racing Car’
  22. 1922 Hispano-Suiza T30 Especial Rabassada
  23. 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia AWARDED BEST IN SHOW
  24. 1933 Alfa Romeo 1750 GS 6C Figoni Coupe
  25. 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Touring Coupe
  26. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione
  27. 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Thrupp & Maberly Four-Seater Sports Tourer
  28. 1939 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Pourtout Coupe
  29. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, ex-Graham Hill
  30. 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Viotti Coupe (Runner up)
  31. 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Zagato Spider
  32. 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Corsica Tourer
  33. 1936 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Roadster
  34. 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Pinin Farina Speciale
  35. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Pinin Farina Coupe
  36. 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Gurney Nutting Short Chassis Continental Coupe
  37. 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Pinin Farina Speciale
  38. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Pinin Farina Coupe
  39. 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Gurney Nutting Short Chassis Continental Coupe

40, 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Series I Cabriolet

  1. 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupe
  2. 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Short Chassis Vanden Plas Open Sports Tourer
  3. 1955 Ferrari 375 America Pinin Farina Coupe Speciale, Ex-Gianni Agnelli
  4. 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Ghia Supersonic
  5. 1933 Standard Swallow SS1 Coupe, 2015 RAC Trophy Winner
  6. 1988 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione
  7. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione Series III, X-Ecurie Francorchamps
  8. 1949 Aston Martin DB2 Prototype (‘UMC 272’)
  9. 1962 Facel Vega HK2
  10. 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo, ex-Gianni Agnelli
  11. 1932 Frazer Nash TT Replica
  12. 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast
  13. 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Brandone Cabriolet
  14. 2016 Alfa Romeo Touring Disco Volante Spyder
  15. 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630 Saoutchik Stadt Coupe
  16. 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT
  17. 1924 Bamford & Martin Side-Valve Boat Tail Tourer
  18. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
  19. 1988 Peugeot Oxia Prototype
  20. George Harrison’s 1966 Radford Mini De Ville GT
  21. 1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Roi des Belges Tourer
  22. 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Alpine Eagle
  23. 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopa’
  24. 1952 Cunningham C3 Vignale Coupe
  25. 2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Coupe
  26. 1929 Mercedes-Benz SS 27/140/200 PS Tourer, ex-Sultan of Johor

BEST IN SHOW AWARD

The award for Best in Show was awarded to entry number 26, the 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia

1Judges do not pick this award, it is judged by the owners of the cars displayed in the Concours, The Dubonnet Xenia also won Classic Driver Public Choice award.

Andre Dubonnet commissioned this car an inventor, racing driver and World War 1 fighter pilot. He used his engineering and aviation background to test the limits of technology. He worked with Antoine-Marie Chedru to patent and develop front suspension system. General Motors and Alfa Romeo took up this suspension system.

After the Paris Auto Salon of 1932 Dubonnet purchased a Hispano-Suiza chassis and rather than building a car to meet market needs he designed the Xenia (named after his late wife Xenia Johnson) to show his ideas.

The Xenia used independent coil-spring suspension; Cadillac, Oldsmobile and Buick plus some other manufactures took up this system.

Deboned chose the H6 Hispano-Suzie engine to power the car and commissioned Jean Andréa to design the coachwork, it was then engineered and built by coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik.

The Xenia featured curved glass and had a panoramic windscreen (this type of glass was not seen again until used by General Motors the 1950’s). The Xenia also used Plexiglass side windows that opened upwards in a gullwing fashion, the doors slid backwards parallel to the body of the car.

The car was Dubonnet’s personal car and was hidden during the Second World War and did not reappear until June 1946 when it led the parade at the re-opening of the Saint Cloud tunnel to civilian traffic.

The car was purchased in the 1960’s by Alain Balleret, (then President of the French Hispano-Suiza Car Club) who carried out a restoration.

The car has been in the ownership of philanthropist Peter Mullin since 2003 and is exhibited in the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.

Entry 33 The 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Viotti Coupe was the runner up.

7Directly outside the entrance to the quadrangle were 4 cars of the 11 starters at the 1926 Brooklands Grand Prix were displayed including what remains of the J G Parry Thomas Flat Iron Special that he built at Brooklands, a Halford GP Car, a Talbot 700 and a Straight 8 Delage 155B.

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In addition, also outside the quadrangle there were displays by Bentley Motors showing their latest models, RM Sotheby’s displayed some of the cars from their up and coming midweek auction.  P & A Wood the Rolls Royce dealer, (in addition to selling new cars they also restore cars), Range Rover. Atalanta Motors displayed their latest car with an older style theme with modern under pining’s that produce high quality and very desirable sports car for the discerning buyer.

Through the outer gates and extending almost three quarters of the way down each side of the road Windsor Castle’s great park were almost 1,000 cars on display from various car clubs.

Bentley’s old and new made up the majority of the cars on display, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Marcos, Jaguar, Range Rover, Triumph, Mini Cooper S, Alvis and Lotus made up the rest of the cars on display.

The event was supported a number of car clubs including:

The Aston Martin Owners Club.
A 1923 Aston Martin Clover Leaf owned by Mark Donoghue won the RAC trophy, which was presented by HRH Prince Michael of KENT

The Bentley Drivers Club (More than 100 displayed on the Sunday). An immaculate Bentley 3 Litre won the winner of the trophy for pre 1965 cars. A beautifully prepared Bentley Azure won the post 1965 class the trophy.

The Jaguar Drivers Club (90 Historic Jaguars and Land Rovers were displayed in the Saturday). The Jaguar Trophy was awarded to an impeccably restored Jaguar XK120 DHC,

The Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club.

The Conours of Elegance is an annual charitable event, this year it raised almost 200,000 pounds in donations.

This years charity recipients were:

The Queen’s Choral Foundation
The Household Cavalry Foundation
The Springfield Youth Club Hackney

Since it’s inception the Conours of Elegance has raised more than 1 million pounds for charity.

Alan Page
Historic Racing Australia

Sources:
Visit to The Conours of Elegance
The Conours of Elegance Souvenir Catalogue
Media Report The Conours of Elegance web site
Windsor Castle web sit