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Little Classics News: 26 April 2014

Concours of Elegance is Warming Up for This Summer

Concours of Eelegance Jaguar D-TypeFollowing its first two award-winning Concours of Elegance events – previously held at Windsor Castle and St James’s Palace in 2013 – the third international Concours of Elegance in September will bring together 60 of the rarest and greatest cars from around the world for the Concours – 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.

Supporting the 60 hand-picked Concours entries will be a display of over 350 other desirable cars from all eras within the Hampton Court Palace grounds on the Saturday and Sunday, presented by a wide variety of car clubs, exclusive Concours classic car tours, and prestige motor vehicle manufacturers.

The annual Concours of Elegance remains unique in being the only automotive event in the world to enjoy an authentic and spectacular Royal Palace as its backdrop, with keen Royal motoring enthusiast HRH Prince Michael of Kent as the event’s Patron.

In addition to its unique Royal Palace location, the annual Concours of Elegance differs in other ways from a traditional concours, which usually includes a judging panel briefed to scrutinise each entry and select a ‘winning’ car. The Concours of Elegance organisers maintain that if a car has been invited to participate in the Concours, it is already a winner, with each vehicle owner voting on the other Concours car that he or she considers to be the most elegant car in the event.

A key objective of the annual Concours of Elegance is to raise funds for selected charities, with the 2013 event at St James’s Palace raising in excess of £250,000. The charities set to benefit from the 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be announced shortly.

The 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be open on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September, with adult entry tickets available to purchase (strictly in advance only) now from £25 per person, per day.

Ticket details, plus more information on entertaining opportunities at the Concours are detailed in the new Concours of Elegance website (


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