2016 Concours of Elegance
This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend the 2016 Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle, celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a show of hundreds of vehicles.
With permission granted by the queen, over 60 of the rarest cars around the world made their way to Windsor Castle during the two day ‘The Great West Tour’ ending in the castle grounds.
The car show included cars such as Jaguars, Bugattis and a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Alpine Eagle which was one of the most prestigious models. The Long Walk leading up to the castle was also lined with hundreds of other spectacular cars attracting petrol heads from all over the country.
The main event of the show was the Concours competition. This year it featured 60 of the world’s most exceptional cars, including the Queens own 1900 Diamler 6hp and a Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series I Cabriolet. The winner wasn’t selected by a panel of judges, but instead the owner of each vehicle was asked to vote on another car for ‘Best of Show’.
The event also exhibited cars that raced in the 1926 British Grand Prix, the same year the queen was born and respected car clubs. Aston Martin had a display showing every model the firm had produced with Ferrari and Jaguar Clubs following suit.
Every year the Concours of Elegance collects money for charity, this year the Queen’s Choral Foundation, the Household Cavalry Foundation and the Springfield Youth Club Hackney were the receivers of over £800,000. Below are some of my favourite cars I spotted at the event.
It’s not every day you see a line of the most prestigious cars in the world. From Jaguar and Bugatti to Rolls Royce, Ferrari and Aston Martin, these beautiful manufacturers definitely deserve entrance to the Queen’s birthday.