More Cars Confirmed for the 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace
in COE News, by Amy 25th July, 2014
- The 2014 Concours of Elegance to gather 60 of the rarest cars from around the world at Hampton Court Palace on 5-7 September, with more of these exceptional cars now confirmed
- Two thirds of the Concours cars will be coming to Hampton Court Palace from overseas specifically for the event, with most being seen in the UK for the very first time
- These 60 exceptional cars will be joined by over 700 other fine automobiles from the UK’s leading Car Clubs and organised classic car tours
Sixty of the rarest cars from around the world – many of them never seen before in this country – set to grace the Fountain Gardens on the East side of the historic Hampton Court Palace grounds.
Around a third of these exceptional hand-picked Concours cars are already being shipped over from the USA specifically for this prestigious event. A further third will arrive from the rest of the world, with the remainder being made up of some stunning UK-based cars.
Visitors to the 2014 Concours of Elegance can look forward to seeing a truly diverse range of motor cars on display, with some recent concours confirmations including a unique Zagato-bodied Jaguar XK140 from 1957; one of three Jaguars to wear this striking two-coupe coachwork from the celebrated Milanese coachbuilder, but the only one to be based on an XK140 chassis.
This rarely-seen Jaguar will be joined at Hampton Court by a delightful little 1928 Amilcar C6; this example being an ex-Louis Devaud / Georges Grignard racing voiturette, and a veteran of a number of French Grand Prix in the 1920s and 1930s, including the 1935 and 1936 ‘Bol d’Or’ races where it took impressive second places.
As Maserati celebrates its centenary this year, it is only appropriate that September’s Concours of Elegance includes an exceptional racing example of the marque, and a stunning straight-eight 3-litre Maserati Tipo 8CTF will be of another one the rarely-seen concours cars on display.
A Works car for the 1938 Grand Prix season, this Maserati was driven by Count Felice Trossi. He famously loaned this car to Paul Pietisch for its greatest race outing; the 1939 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, where it was leading the race, only to develop a spark plug problem, resulting in it finishing third behind the usually dominant ‘Silver Arrow’ racers of Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz. Another exceptional Maserati will share the Fountain Gardens with the 1938 Tipo 8CTF, in the exotic form of a rare MC12 from 2007.
Other hand-picked Concours entries will span the decades from 1896, right up to 2014, with sublime examples of most important car marques present, ranging from Alfa Romeo through to Zagato, including rarely seen models from Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Delage, Ferrari, Hispano-Suiza, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Siata, Rolls-Royce, Talbot-Lago, and many others.
These 60 cars will be joined by over 700 other fine automobiles from the UK’s leading car clubs and organised classic car tours, all displayed within the majestic setting of the Hampton Court Palace grounds, with many more classic cars to be found in a dedicated pre-1975 ‘tax exempt’ parking area.
The annual Concours of Elegance remains unique in being the UK’s only automotive event to enjoy an authentic and spectacular Royal Palace as its backdrop, with keen Royal motoring enthusiast HRH Prince Michael of Kent being the event’s Patron.
The 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be open to the public on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September, with entry tickets, picnics and hospitality available strictly in advance only. These can be purchased now at the Concours of Elegance website (www.concoursofelegance.co.uk). Limited edition Concours of Elegance Posters and Souvenir Catalogues are also available.
Source: © Thorough Events Ltd. 2014