LONDON CONCOURS WELCOMES THOUSANDS OF VISITORS TO HUGELY SUCCESSFUL OPENING DAY
The London Concours, a world-class automotive garden party held in the heart of the City, opened its doors yesterday to a crowd of thousands for the first day of the event. Hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company, a five-acre oasis of green close to Bank, the event played host to the most incredible collection of vehicles ever gathered in the City.
Attending with my cousin, the Director of Lights Cars Action of Surrey, I had an excellent time perusing the 125 cars that were on display, from 1898 pioneers through to the very latest 2018 hypercars. Lights Cars Action exhibited the Bentley GT and we noted that we loved the Aston Martin One-77, although it was very difficult to select a favourite car!
Alongside the automotive displays were world-class watch boutiques from fine horologists Vacheron Constantin, Breguet and Glasshutte. Arthouse Collier Dobson, and automotive artist, Ella Freire, also had the latest displays of their work. An excellent range of luxury food and drink offerings from the likes of Taittinger Champagne and Remy Martin completed the ideal.
The earliest car on display was the 120-year-old Panhard et Levassor ‘Paris-to-Amsterdam’ car, designed to race over 950 miles in six stages well over a century ago. Other gems included the Jaguar XK120 OTS and Mercedes 300SL Gullwing – both the fastest cars of their time – plus a Porsche 911S and McLaren F1.
The main event was made up of six classes in total, but there could only be one winner from each class! The overall Best in Show title was awarded to the Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’ – a 28.5-litre land speed record car from 1911, originally built as one of two. This car is now the only remaining example, powered by the largest purpose-built car engine ever, producing around 300hp.
- Best in Show – 1911 Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’
- Fast, sponsored by Remy Martin – 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale
- Faster, sponsored by Azur – 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Berlinetta
- Very Fast, sponsored by Geely – 1911 Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’
- Superfast, sponsored by evo – 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago
- Hyperfast, sponsored by Octane – 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB ‘Sefac Hot Rod’
- Era Defining, sponsored by Concours of Elegance – 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
In addition to the aforementioned impeccable display of cars, there were plenty of other astonishing vehicles on display outside of the main concours event, including the Ferrari F40 LM, Lotus Esprit GT2, Mercedes-AMG GT R and the all-new Ford GT alongside the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Lamborghini Aventador S.
Andrew Evans, London Concours director, said: “I’m in absolutely no doubt that this astounding selection of vehicles is the greatest collection ever seen in the City of London, and I’m so proud to be able to share it with the thousands of people that came through our gates today. I’d also like to extend thanks to all of our partners for making the London Concours such a success, and I look forward to seeing many more people at the show on Friday.”