Bits and Pieces - Oct 2016

Photo BER courtesy Chan lly Arts et Elegance

coachbuilders’ art. The tradition continues….

Arts et Elegance

In three short editions Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille has taken a place amongst the most prestigious of Concours d’Elegance. On the weekend of 3-4 September 13,500 visitors saw some of the world’s most rare and beautiful cars arranged on the majestic lawns of the Chateau de Chantilly.

Following the period recipe of the 1920s to the 1950s for a concours, there was a class for contemporary concept cars, which were shown with the collaboration of couturier fashion houses, where cars were presented with accompanying models showing the clothing and scoring points for the harmony of the ensemble.

But the real business was with the old cars that ranged from a 1903 White steam car, to Formula One cars of the 2000s.

Best of show for the concept cars was awarded to the DS E-tense, an amazing car brimming with style and technology, but best of show over all the historic cars was American collector, John Shirley’s 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta with coachwork by Touring.

As with all Peter Auto events, hospitality and attention to detail was second to none, and generous sponsors lavished guests with fine food (Relais et Chateaux), fine wines (Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Champagne Charles Heidsieck), gifts of all kinds, and a fleet of luxury cars to shuttle them from hotel to Chateau to dinners and lunches. Main Sponsor was watchmaker Richard Mille.

Concours of Elegance – Noblesse Oblige

In 2012, the inaugural Concours of Elegance was held at Windsor Castle to mark the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.  Organised by Thorough Events, the rare opportunity to be a guest at Windsor castle helped to make it a great success and what was initially planned as a one-off has now become a regular event, taking place at another royal palace, the Palace of St James in London, in 2013 and at Hampton Court Palace in September 2014. Sadly, now that that it has become an annual event, it takes place on the same weekend in September as the event at Chantilly.

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This year it returned to Windsor Castle and Nearly 12,500 visitors attended the largest Concours of Elegance yet, with nearly a thousand cars on display, and the unique Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia crowned as the Best in Show from the 60 cars, each one beautiful and unique in its own way, invited to compete (60 being a reference to The Queen’s diamond jubilee which saw the event established). Unlike most concours events, the Concours of Elegance Best of Show isn’t picked by judges – instead the owners of the cars vote for their favourite. This year the Dubonnet Xenia was the standout winner.

A key objective of the Concours of Elegance is to raise significant sums of money for charity.