Chris Bucknall tells Beyond Bespoke all about his experience of the 2016 Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle
Gloucestershire car lovers may take some time to recover from the shock of last week’s Great West Tour. We can safely say there has never been a more spectacular cavalcade of automotive magnificence trundling through their villages, with a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT, a 1950 Fraser Nash, a 1956 Maserati 200 and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO amongst the line up. The drivers included royalty – His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent was driving a 1929 Bentley 4.5 litre Tourer with great gusto.
After two days of sampling the finest countryside the south of England and South Wales has to offer, the teams arrived at Guards Polo Club in Windsor, where the cars were prepared and polished ready for the main event, The Concours of Elegance. The following morning the owners were treated to one of those money-can’t-buy experiences – driving in convoy along the entirety of the Long Walk to the Castle, and in to their designated spaces in the Quadrangle. Over the weekend the public were afforded a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with sixty iconic cars spanning the entirety of the last century, and this one too. But for the owners, who journey from the four corners of the world to take part, the week is not only an automotive feast, it is also a gastronomic indulgence with lunches, receptions and grand dinners every night. Many stay on for curtain closer to motoring’s summer season, The Goodwood Revival, which kicks off on Friday. Dressing up is a vital element of the Revival, where cars of similar pedigree to those at Windsor Castle can been seen racing around one of the UK’s most historic and best-loved circuits.
Chris Bucknall is Managing Director of V Management, a 5-star storage and management facility for classic and supercars in Berkshire. They also organise bespoke private European tours and track days. You can contact him at email@example.com
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