Hampton Court Palace was the glorious venue for some of the world’s rarest and most incredible cars on display during the Concours of Elegance 2017. The 3 day weekend of Concours will see some of the most incredible cars ever produced gather in one of the UK’s most spectacular settings.
Friday morning saw the Grand Arrivé of the main Concours of Elegance display. A absolutely fantastic sight to see the cars make their way through Home Park and into the Palace grounds.
The Ferrari 340MM Vignale Spyder – complete with eye-catching white and blue livery – entered Hampton Court Palace today having never been seen before in Europe!
Friday at the Palace also saw the arrival of a selection of Jaguar’s D-Type Le Mans legends, finishing the 1957 24 Hours race in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th. All podium-finishing cars arrived in convoy alongside D-type XKD 504, which went to Le Mans in 1955 and 1958, and XKD 605 which finished 6th at Le Mans in 1956. A glorious noise they made too!!!
There were a number of ultra-rare vehicles, some of which have never been seen before in the UK. An incredible Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport ‘Baillon Barn Find’. Sitting there as found with the faded and cracked paint it was discovered with when it was unearthed in a deserted French barn in 2014.
The owner has left the car pretty much in the condition he found it after more than 40 years in a barn. I’m no expert…but I don’t think that’s going to polish out!!
I arrived in good time on Saturday morning, to clear media accreditation & make my way into the Palace to the grounds. Lined up along the garden wall there were Aston Martin Owners Club cars as far as the eye could see!! ….007 would have been in heaven!!
Among the line-up are some modern Concours cars of the future. The totally unique Koenigsegg Agera RS ‘Naraya’ With a body made of blue-tinted carbon fibre. Then highlighted by genuine 18ct gold leaf, both inside and out…including the exhaust!!! With Koenigsegg’s 1160hp twin-turbo V8 underneath the bonnet, the ‘Naraya’ is one of the most powerful cars on the road.
Sadly as promised the rain was forecast & looked likely any moment. Lovely blue & fluffy clouded sky was replaced by a flat grey one… but we can’t have everything. The cars were uncovered & looking wonderful again, so I busied myself finding lovely details to photograph.
Sunday concludes in the Grand Depart. The sight & the incredible sound of those 60 classic engines firing up before making their way back down the gravel road out into Home Park. The rain sadly meant that some of these priceless cars weren’t going to be risked & stayed in the grounds. While some drivers weren’t going to miss a 2nd chance to drive their cars on roads normally reserved for Royalty!
If you like beautiful classic cars, this really is the event to attend….don’t forget your camera!! I shall just have to do it all again when Concours of Elegance comes back to Hampton Court Palace for 2018.
Please enjoy a larger collection of photos from the event in Galleries just