The first ever City Concours has opened at the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters in the City of London. Pictures from the first day here
London's newest classic car show, The 2017 City Concours, opened its gates for the very first time in the heart of the capital's financial district.
Taking place from Thursday 8 through to the end of Friday 9 June, it was held in the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters, a remarkable five-acre open space surrounded by historic buildings in the heart of the Square Mile, just minutes from such London landmarks as the Barbican and the Gherkin skyscraper.
This inaugural event featured 80 of the world’s most exciting cars, from Le Mans racers via American muscle cars to alternative-power vehicles, modern bespoke creations and supercars from the 1950s to the present.
Alongside these were a few manufacturer, dealer and specialist stands, showcasing another 80 vehicles, as well as a watch pavillion, artisan areas, art collections, a Taittinger Champagne bar and fine food stalls.
The City Concours was organised by Thorough Events, the company behind the Concours of Elegance events at Royal venues around the UK, and the Gulf Concours at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, in association with Octane, evo and The Week.
Highlights from the 2017 City Concours
Shooting brake conversions are certainly a hit-and-miss affair, but this Aston Martin DB5
from Radford is certainly well resolved. One of just eight built, it's extremely rare and a little more practical than a regular DB5.
With later Porsche 911
models rising hugely in value in recent years, the Carrera 2.7 RS still ranks as one of the greatest drivers' Porsches of all time. It's also one of the best looking!
The Jaguar XJR-15
was very much a road-legal race car, but it did mean that anyone not satisfied with the XJ220
's turbocharged V6 could have a race-spec V12-engined Jaguar instead.
Another Jaguar racing car for the road, the XKSS
was effectively a racing D-type with some windows, a bit more of an interior and a very small roof. It's widely regarded as one of the first supercars, and we tend to agree.
The BMW M1
was the company's first supercar, and it looks just as stunning today as if did in 1978.
The Aston Martin Vulcan
is an exceptionally aggressive machine, with one of the wildest naturally aspirated V12 engines of all time.
RM Sotheby's was out in force, previewing this very pretty Dino 246 GT
ahead of its Ferrari 70th anniversary auction
later in the year.
Guide to what was on at the 2017 City Concours
The categories for the event are as follows: The Swinging Sixties, Pioneering Spirit, The Joy of the Road, Built for Speed, F1, Evolution of the Supercar, Superbikes, ‘The Collector’: Carlos Monteverdi and Modern Bespoke. There will around 80 exhibits in total.
The Evolution of the Supercar feature will by far offer the biggest selection of cars, from the early days of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL and Jaguar XKSS through the likes of the Ferrari 288 GTO, Aston Martin V8 Zagato and McLaren F1 right through to the Aston Martin Vulcan and Bugatti Chiron.
For those who feel that these supercars are a little too common, there are a number of low volume machines, such as the Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder, Eagle E-Type Low Drag Coupé, Ferrari 550 GTZ Barchetta. All will fit into the Modern Bespoke category, which has been added to feature low volume coachbuilt specials.
Built for Speed is all about the competition cars, including the 1950 Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica, 1956 Maserati Tipo 200S Barchetta as well as the 1956 Jaguar D-type Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose ‘XKD 603’. Other incredibly special cars come in the form of the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato ‘2VEV’, 1964 Bizzarrini A3C and Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione.
The Swinging Sixeties brings together some of the decade’s most iconic cars, such as the ‘Flat Floor’ Series 1 E-type, Lamborghini Miura and AC Cobra 289 Mk2. There’s also more attainable machines, such as the Mini Cooper S, Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV and Lotus Elan S2.
Pioneering Spirit takes a look at some of the earliest pre-war cars to make an impact on development of the motor car, from the likes of 1907 Itala 40hp, 1905 Darracq 200hp and 1911 Vauxhall C-type Prince Henry to the absolutely outrageous 1911 Fiat S76 GP ‘Beast of Turin’.
Andrew Evans, City Concours Director, said: ‘We’ve got some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts sourcing incredible cars for the City Concours, and I think that really shows here. The D-Type and Disco Volante are a perfect representation of the event; rare, beautiful, and each with a story behind them.’