Concours of Elegance presents a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world
What to expect at Concours of Elegance
The Concours of Elegance will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a two day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event. Complementing the Concours of Elegance will be displays of hundreds of other fine motor cars, including entrants to The Club Trophy.
This is a popular event for high society and you will likely spot fashion models mingling with well-known businessmen, as well as those from the world of TV.
Event hotspots and hospitality
The exclusive Concours of Elegance hospitality enclosure offers badge holders a private area from which they can entertain or be entertained. On the East front lawns of the Palace a stunning marquee and garden, incorporating a private lounge area, will provide guests with a perfect view of the cars. Using fresh British produce supplied by a range of Royal Warrant Holders, all day refreshments will be served in a relaxed environment.
Did you know
Uniquely, the ‘Best of Show’ winner is determined by the Owners’ themselves. Each owner has one vote to choose the car, other than their own, which they believe to be the finest motor car entered into the Concours. The Best of Show winner will be presented with the magnificent Pullman Trophy, inspired by the Avion-Voison winged mascot, ‘La Cocotte’.
The Concours of Elegance is held at a different venue each year. It began at Windsor Castle in 2012, before moving to St James’s Palace in 2013. It then went to Hampton Court Palace in 2014 and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) in 2015.
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Guests mainly dress in stylish smart casual attire for this event. As an autumn occasion, it is important to make sure you wear layers and are prepared for a cool start and finish to the day. You will spot tweed jackets and fur trims and comfortable footwear is also recommended.
Trains take 35 minutes from London Waterloo. If you are driving, the palace postcode is KT8 9AU. The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads; drivers should follow the brown tourist attraction road signs. Limited parking is available at the palace at a current cost of £1.60 per hour.