THE 2014 CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE WILL BE A CLASS ACT

1938 Talbot_Lago T150C SS
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS
  • Concours car classes now confirmed for the 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace (5-7 September)
  • The 60 exceptional hand-picked Concours cars to be split into 17 key classes
  • Each Concours car class named in honour of 17 creative people who worked on or at Hampton Court Palace

In less than a fortnight the 2014 Concours of Elegance will get underway at Hampton Court Palace (5-7 September).

Sixty of the world’s rarest and most desirable concours cars – many being seen in the UK for the very first time – will be joined by hundreds of other fine automobiles from leading car clubs and manufacturers, all displayed within the beautiful and historic setting of the Fountain Gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

The 60 exceptional concours cars will be split into 17 different classes, with each distinctive class name inspired by the artists, designers, craftsmen and architects responsible for the historic works of art at Hampton Court.

The 17 individual Concours classes will be split as follows, with a few examples of the cars that have been carefully placed in each class:

Bettes Class – The Modern Motor Car:
1896 Lutzmann Victoria ‘Vis-à-vis’
1904 Oldsmobile Model N

Talman Class – Pioneers with Pace:
1912 Bugatti 5-Litre Chain Drive
1922 Sunbeam Tourist Trophy Grand Prix car

Laguerre Class – Masterful Machines:
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Tourer
1926 Delage GL Labourdette Skiff

Thornhill Class – Blistering Beauties:
1925 Vauxhall 30/98 Velox
1927 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport

Marot Class – Sensational Sisters:
1929 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS Grand Prix ‘UW302’
1930 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS Rennsport ‘GP10’

Gumley Class – Luxury Express:
1929 Bentley 4 ½ Litre
1929 Mercedes-Benz 680s Erdman & Rossi

Plukenet Class – Power, Purpose and Poise:
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Freestone & Webb
1936 Duesenberg Model J Rollston Victoria Coupe

Maiano Class – Supreme Style:
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Touring ‘Flying Star’
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni et Falaschi

Wren Class – Winsome Winners:
1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C SS Corsica Roadster
1937 BMW 328 Sports

Cibber Class – Simply Swift:
1933 MG K3 Magnette
1934 Fiat 508S Ballia

Vanbrugh Class – Racing Certainties:
1949 Frazer-Nash High Speed Competition
1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touering Barchetta

Verrio Class – Red Hot Racers:
1957 Ferrari 315S Scaglietti Spyder
1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight

Kent Class – Setting the Standard:
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Drophead Coupe
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300B Pininfarina Coupe

Floris Class – Motoring Myths:
1964 ISO Bizzarrini A3C
1967 Ford GT40

Skelton Class – The Art of Winning:
1974 Porsche 911 RSR 2.14 Turbo
1985 Lancia Delta S4 Corse

Tijou Class – Rare and Rapid:
1957 Jaguar XK140 Zagato
1969 AMC AMX/3

Daubeney Class – Designed for Destiny:
1994 McLaren F1
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

The 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be open to the public on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September, with adult entry tickets and hospitality, available to purchase strictly in advance from £25 per person, per day, including access into Hampton Court Palace and its extensive grounds. More details at www.concoursofelegance.co.uk

1970 Bertone Lancia Stratos Zero
1970 Bertone Lancia Stratos Zero

About the annual Concours of Elegance:

Established in 2012, the inaugural Concours of Elegance was held within the private grounds of Windsor Castle to mark the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign.  Organised by Thorough Events, the first Concours of Elegance set a new global benchmark for a classic car concours; winning prestigious awards in the process; unheard of for a ‘start-up’ event in its first year.  The second Concours of Elegance was held in 2013 to equal fanfare and acclaim at the historic Royal Palace of St James in London, with the third Concours set for the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace this September.  Only the highest calibre of cars are invited to the Concours of Elegance event, with the rarest cars in the world, from all over the world, painstakingly selected by the Concours Steering Committee; a respected team of authoritative historic car experts.  A key objective of the annual Concours of Elegance is to raise significant sums for charity, with the 2013 event at St James’s Palace generating in excess of £250,000.

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