Returning to Windsor Castle for the fifth Concours of Elegance, this top-level event saw more than 12,500 visitors pass through its gates. Highlights and gallery here.
Windsor Castle once again played host to the Concours of Elegance – returning for the first time since the inaugural event in 2012 – with a selection of 60 rare, significant and beautiful cars from around the world parking in the Quadrangle. This year’s event was the biggest yet, drawing record crowds of 12,500 guests to the pristine lawn.
Here are a few of the highlights from this year’s event:
Best in show: One-off Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia
This fantastic-looking one-off was developed by André Dubonnet, an inventor, racing driver and World War One fighter pilot. Dubonnet chose an H6 Hispano-Suiza engine for his creation, and commissioned Jean Andreau to design the incredible, streamlined body. Jacques Saoutchik then brought the design to life, featuring curved glass, sliding doors and a panoramic windscreen.
Unlike most concours events, the Best in Show award is selected by the owners of the cars, and not only was this car popular with the owners, but also the public, taking the Classic Driver Public Choice award.
Almost 1000 cars at the Castle
Alongside the main concours, almost 1000 other specially chosen cars from clubs around the UK parked up at the castle over the course of the weekend. HRH Prince Michael of Kent along with a panel of expert judges scoured the grounds for a Club Trophy winner, eventually finding a pristine Aston Martin ‘Clover Leaf’. This award also grants the Aston Martin a position in the main Concours of Elegance event next year.
One of the biggest turnouts were the classic Jaguars, with more than 90 in total on display for Jaguar Land Rover Saturday. Jaguar Classic MD Jonathan Edwards, along with a panel of judges, selected an impeccably restored Jaguar XK120 DHC as the winner of the Jaguar Trophy.
Bentley Sunday saw more than a hundred Bentleys lining the Long Walk, and an expert panel of judges, including model David Gandy, with the tough job of picking an overall winner. In the pre-1965 class it was a pristine Bentley 3 Litre that took home the trophy, while in the post-1965 class it was an immaculately maintained Bentley Azure.
Charity donations top £200,000
As ever with the Concours of Elegance, a huge amount of money was raised for the event’s chosen charities; this year The Queen’s Choral Foundation, The Household Cavalry Foundation and Springfield Youth Club Hackney. With this year’s donations of almost £200,000, the Concours of Elegance has now raised more than £1m for charity.
Images: Tim Scott and David Cheskin