HAMPTON COURT PALACE CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE

HAMPTON COURT PALACE CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE 2018

31st August to 2nd September

This was another world-class event presenting beautifully restored historic cars in the gardens of one of Britain’s oldest and most historic palaces.

The weather stayed fine and warm for the 3 days with the gardens and gravel driveways offering an excellent uncluttered presentation area allowing visitors to view the cars close up and without the event feeling overcrowded.

The atmosphere was one of elegance with participants and visitors making a great effort to dress up for the occasion.

The support of various car clubs including Bentley and Jaguar added to the occasion presenting a great showcase of motoring history.

The event’s partners and exhibitor’s displays enhanced the atmosphere. It was at times during the warm days it good to take an opportunity to sit down at a table under an umbrella and relax with a glass of Taittinger Champagne or wonder over to the John Dewar & Son display and sample a wee dram of their 12 year old single malt.

Sixty high quality cars entered in the Concours. The Best in Show voted for by the owners / entrants was awarded to a 1929 Mercedes Benz S-Type Baker Tourer (Boat Tail) owned by Bruce R. McCaw.

Francis Curzon; the 5th Earl Howe purchased the chassis from Mercedes Benz who had displayed it at the London Motor Show, he had the chassis delivered to English coachbuilder Barker making this car very rare as most of Barker’s coach building was for British cars.

Earl Howe served in Royal Navy during World War I before becoming an MP.

After leaving parliament in 1929 he continued to pursue his motor racing career which he had started the previous year at the age of 44, he entered Le Mans 6 times and won the race once in 1931 co-driving an Alfa Romeo 8C with Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin.

Earl Howe was also one of the founders of the British Racing Drivers Club and was elected president at its first Annual General Meeting in 1929, a position he held until the year of his death in 1964.

Some of the other Concours entries:

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S             1931 Bugatti Type 54

1910 Renault Type BY 20-30hp         1937 Alvis 4.3 ltr Concealed Coupe

Roi des Belges

1924 Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio #2        1958 Maserati 300S

The success of the event also must go to the organisers who gave the visitor an experience to remember and leaves you with a desire to return year after year.

Proceeds from the Concours will go to support charity.

Report by Alan Page