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London Concours 2018 – Beast of Turin takes Best of Show

London Concours 2018 – Beast of Turin takes Best of Show Classic and Performance Car

More than 100 cars are currently on show at the London Concours, where the 1911 Fiat S76 record car has scooped Best of Show. Gallery and full details of the show here

Duncan Pittaway’s magnificent 1911 Fiat S76 record car has scooped Best of Show at the London Concours, which runs at the impressive Honourable Artillery Company on 7-8 June. The 28.5 litre four-pot known as the Beast of Turin fended off a raft of Italian beauties, and one Brit, to be selected as the most engaging and compelling of the class winners. With an overall theme of ‘speed’ there were six classes: fast, faster, very fast, super fast, hyper fast and era defining, their respective winners being a 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale, 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter Berlinetta, the winning Fiat S76 – good for 135mph in 1911! – 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago, 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB ‘Comp’ Sefac hotrod and 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
In all there were more than 80 cars laid out on the Honourable Artillery Company’s cricket pitch, covering well more than a century of sporting motoring. There were obviously a host of benchmark and bar-raising speed machines such as Ferrari F40, McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron. 

London Concours 2018 – McLaren F1
As well as the concours cars, there are a range of interesting special displays such as a jaw dropping line-up of modern supercars from the likes of McLaren, Mercedes and Ford assembled by Octane’s sister title Evo, a mighty grid of Global Endurance Legends and a fine display from the Royal Automobile Club including everything from liveried 1900 Daimler Phaeton.
Around the edge of the showfield, as well as refreshments and hospitality, there was a small selection of dealer stands and luxury goods marquees.
Attendance on the event’s first day was well up in 2018 on its debut last year and enthusiasts can still get down to London (nearest tube station is Old Street) to experience the concours until 5.30pm today.

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Octane has supported the London Concours ever since the idea was mooted, and we are incredibly proud to have worked closely with the organisers to help make this a concours to remember. We can’t take credit for finding the stunning venue –  the wonderful oasis in the City that is the Honourable Artillery Company – but, like so many other prestigious brands that are supporting this unique event, we can’t wait to spend 7-8 June at this spectacular setting.

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Full car list

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic

A total of six categories charting the 'Evolution of Speed' have been announced. Here is the full line-up:


1911 Renault CC
1924 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre
1932 Lagonda 2.0 Litre Low Chassis
1935 Lagonda M35R
1952 Jowett RI Jupiter 
1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Super
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750GT ‘Double Bubble’ Zagato
1959 Triumph Italia 2000
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

1952 Ferrari 212 / 225 Inter Berlinetta
1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
1964 Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C 2.8
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS
1968 Ford Shelby Cobra GT500
1987 Lotus Esprit HC
1990 Alfa Romeo SZ (ES30)
1982 Porsche 911 SC 

1911 Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’
1931 Bentley 2 Seater Open Tourer
1969 AC 428 Fastback
1970 De Tomaso Mangusta
1972 BMW 3.O CSL
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale evo 1 - Martini 6
2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello
2010 Porsche 997 Sport Classic

1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1978 Ferrari 512 BB  
2003 Lamborghini Murcielago
2006 Ford GT Avro 720 Mirage
2015 Bentley GT3-R
2016 Ferrari F12 TdF
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 

1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta 'Comp '61 Sefac Hot Rod'
1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV
1996 Ferrari F50
2010 Lamborghini Murcielago SV LP670
2011 Aston Martin One-77
2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
2015 Ferrari LaFerrari (F150)
2014 Bugatti Veyron

1898 Panhard Levassor ‘Paris-Amsterdam-Paris Racing Car’
1950 Jaguar XK120 OTS
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1963 AC Cobra
1965 Jaguar E-Type FHC
1967 Porsche 911S
1969 Lamborghini Miura S
1977 Aston Martin Lagonda V8 Vantage Series 1
1990 Ferrari F40
1995 McLaren F1

Evolution of Speed video

To celebrate this year's theme, Evolution of Speed, the London Concours team has produced this video, showcasing a few of the cars that will be at the HAC. 

Hypercars in the evo Magazine paddock

Hypercars in the evo Magazine paddock

Our sister magazine evo has curated its very own display of exotica, focusing on some of the most extreme cars ever built. The line-up includes McLaren’s 720S and 570S spider, as well as Porsche’s brand new 911 GT2 RS. RUF will also be in attendance, showing the beautifully engineered BTR. Other stars include the new Ford GT, Aston Martin Vantage, Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 and Lamborghini Aventador S.

Alpine A110 – new and old

Alpine A110 – new and old

Recently reborn French car manufacturer Alpine will be at the London Concours to show the all-new A110 Première Edition, alongside an example of the original rear-engined model. 
Although the Alpine name died out in 1995 with the demise of A610, the Dieppe factory that was the birthplace of the French sportscar remained alive and well – producing many of the hottest Renaultsport models for years. This year sees the rebirth of Alpine, and the company is keen to build a strong link between the new and old cars.
The Première Edition is one of just 1955 produced and sold ahead of the launch, and will sit alongside classic A110 Berlinette. Not only was the original A110 a compelling road car, but it was a hugely impressive competition machine.

Italian stars

Lancia Aurelia Outlaw

Italian cars feature heavily in most car shows, and the London concours will be no exception. One of the stars lined up to attend is the Lancia Aurelia Outlaw B20GT ‘Outlaw Number 2’, created by specialists Thornley Kelham. Inspired by the ex-Bracco Series 1 B20GT, which competed in the 1951 Mille Miglia, Le Mans and Carrera Panamericana, this example features a lowered roof line, wider wings, disc brakes all round, roll cage, air conditioning and a tuned 2.8 litre Lancia Flaminia V6 engine with fuel injection. 

Abarth 750GT
Joining the Lancia will be a 1959 Fiat Abarth 750GT ‘Double Bubble’ Zagato. Designed and built to compete in the small engine capacity racing categories, this Zagato-bodied racer was based on the humble Fiat 600 underpinnings. This car was originally sold to the USA, and after it finished racing returned to Europe in a fairly sad state. This car is certainly well travelled, and after being sold to Australia was given a full body-off restoration, before once again heading to Europe for engine and gearbox work. It is thought to be one of about 100 surviving cars worldwide. 

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Alfa Romeo Giulia SS
Image: Sam Frost 

Up next is one of the 25 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciales originally converted to right-hand drive by Ruddspeed, the specialist tuning company of motor sport ace Ken Rudd. With 59,000 miles, it retains much of its originality unlike many of the other UK-market SS cars – easily ravaged by the UK’s harsh climate and salted winter roads. 

Supercar Legends

Lamborghini Miura S

Some of the rarest, fastest and most beautiful supercars are set to make an appearance at the 2018 London Concours. This will start an example of the original supercar, a 1969 example of the Lamborghini Miura S. 
McLaren F1

To go along with the first is arguably the most significant supercar of recent history, the McLaren F1. With a top speed of 240mph – a record that stood until the Bugatti Veyron beat it in 2005 – it represents a high-point of 20th Century supercars.  
Other highlights include a Ferrari F50, notorious for featuring an engine based around the V12 of an F1 car, as well as the more recent Aston Martin One-77. This is not only one of Aston’s most exclusive cars – just 77 built – but also featured the most powerful naturally-aspirated V12 production car engine of all time at 750bhp.

What else?

Other plans for 2018 currently include a specially curated collection of Le Mans winners and Land Speed Record holders. As well as the automotive exotica, the City Concours will also see a return for the retail pavilions, positioned around the gardens. Some of the world’s most luxurious brands will also sit alongside a dedicated Art Pavilion, selected for the event to appeal directly to collectors and enthusiasts. 
Bespoke hospitality options, including fine dining luncheon experiences and a number of drinks party packages have been announced, and are already selling out ahead next summer’s garden party. If you want to have early access to the City Concours, there’s a VIP Preview Breakfast, where guests are welcomed to a breakfast buffet and an exclusive intimate preview of the cars. 

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