News: London Concours 2021 celebrates a glorious first day
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London Concours 2021 celebrates a glorious first day
The London Concours presented by Montres Breguet, opened the doors to the Cityâ€™s Honourable Artillery Company yesterday morning
Around 100 vehicles, from â€˜The Lost Marquesâ€™ to â€˜The Iconic British Designersâ€™ and the â€˜Young Timersâ€™ gathered on the five-acre lawns
The Best of Show Award went to a Lotus Eleven LM50 which was a Team Lotus works entry, which raced at Rouen and Reims in 1957 driven by Herbert Mackay-Fraser
Other class winners included a Maserati Ghibli, a Ferrari F40 and an early Porsche 356 Carrera Coupe
Visitors were treated to pop-up boutiques from Breguet as well as luxury food and drink from Searcys and Veuve Clicquot
Tickets for Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 June are still available at londonconcours.co.uk/tickets, from just Â£25
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The London Concours presented by Montres Breguet opened its doors yesterday to a crowd of thousands in stunning sunshine 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.
In total, around 100 cars were on display across eleven classes. The main concours event classes include â€˜200MPH Club, â€˜Young Timers, â€˜Great Marques â€“ Porsche, â€˜Great Marques â€“ Lotusâ€™ and â€˜The Italian Berlinettasâ€™. Each of the classes was packed with rarities, from the Ferrari 250 SWB/Comptezione Sefac Hot Rod to the Bugatti Chiron and the Jaguar XJR15, but as ever there could only be one â€˜Best in Showâ€™.
The London Concoursâ€™ expert committee of judges picked an extraordinarily well-preserved Lotus Eleven LM50 with impeccable heritage as â€˜Best in Showâ€™. This particular Lotus Eleven is chassis no. 11-332. It was a Team Lotus works entry, which raced at Rouen and Reims in 1957 driven by Herbert Mackay-Fraser, an American always known as â€˜Macâ€™ Fraser. Sadly he became the first Lotus works driver to lose his life in competition. The Eleven LM150 was later sold to Carroll Shelby Sports Cars, and was raced in many US events by Jim Hall, later of Chaparral Cars fame. Returned to the UK in the 1970s and restored in 2006, the Lotus has since competed in many historic race events. It was the winning car in the 2017 Goodwood Revival Madgwick Cup.
This year the Chairman of the Judges, Peter Read also awarded the Chairmanâ€™s Award, an award based on the car that the event Chairman would most like to drive home himself. This year it was awarded to the 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB/Comptezione Sefac Hot Rod, due to its wonderful pedigree and rich history in the hands of Stirling Moss and Graham Hill.Â
The judges, led by members of the London Concours Steering Committee, not only awarded an overall winner, but a winner of each class, too.
These are the winners:
Great Marques â€“ Lotus, sponsored by LotusÂ
Lotus Eleven LM50
Great Marques â€“ Porsche
Porsche 356 Carrera Coupe
200MPH Club, sponsored by Cover Car
The Italian Berlinettas, sponsored by Moss Automotive
The Young Timers
Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Koenig Special
The Kustom Klass, sponsored by Vintage Hot Rod Association
1941 Ford Coupe
The Lost Marques, sponsored by Montres Breguet
Best in Show
Lotus Eleven LM50
Ferrari 250 SWB/Comptezione Sefac Hot Rod
Outside of the main concours event, there were plenty of other astonishing cars on display. A special feature celebrates the Jaguar E-type with a gathering of eight incredible examples. On the lawns of the HAC, guests were able to see the full spectrum of the E-type line-up on the carâ€™s 60^th anniversary year, including the first ever E-types, through series two and three, as well as the only factory low-drag car, the Lightweight Lindner Nocker. Â
Andrew Evans, London Concours director, said: â€œAs ever Iâ€™m in absolutely no doubt that this astounding selection of vehicles is the greatest collection ever assembled within the City of London, it is always a genuine pleasure to be able to share these very special cars with the thousands of visitors that have made the effort to come along to the show. Iâ€™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 today and on Thursday.â€???
Visitors to the show will see eleven classes and features that are gracing this yearâ€™s London Concours, which is taking place from 8-10 June at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ.
Previously held over two days, the London Concours 2021 is now a three-day event to capitalise on visitor demand for more luxury brand content â€“Â from jewellery to bespoke suits â€“ and modern supercars. The three days will be a VIP Preview Day, Style Edition and Supercar Day. At the heart of each day is still the collection of nearly 100 rare and iconic luxury cars of all ages that has quickly cemented the London Concours as one of the UKâ€™s top motoring events.
The London Concours takes place from 8-10 June 2021. Tickets are still available for Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 June from londonconcours.co.uk/tickets
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Luke Madden, Director, Influence Associates
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Andrew Evans, Thorough Events Ltd
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About Thorough Events and the London Concours:
The London Concours is organised by Thorough Events, the team behind the Concours of Elegance. First hosted in 2012 at Windsor Castle, the Concours of Elegance set a new global benchmark for a classic car concours, winning prestigious awards in the process; unheard of for a â€˜start-upâ€™ event in its first year. Thorough Events created the London Concours in June 2017 as an automotive garden party in the heart of the City of London, gathering a collection of rare and exceptional performance cars into one of Londonâ€™s most incredible venues. In 2018, the Concours of Elegance was named as Best Consumer Show and in 2019 it was named Motoring Spectacle of the Year by the Royal Automobile Club. London Concours was named Best Brand Expansion by Exhibition News at the Indy Awards.
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