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What to expect at the Concours of Elegance

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It’s already been a great year for British motoring and cars. New car launches have included the Rolls Royce Dawn and the Aston DB11; earlier this month a Le Mans winning Jaguar D-Type sold at Pebble Beach for $21.7m; and an Englishman won the British Grand Prix, and is in pole position to retain the F1 World Championship. But the best is still to come with the event season coming to a climax over the next few weeks, with the Windsor Concours of Elegance this week and then the Goodwood Revival a week later (9th – 11th Sept).

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The Concours of Elegance visits royal palaces each year and returns to Windsor Castle after the inaugural event there in 2012. It ranks amongst the world’s finest concours, along with Villa d’Este in Italy and Pebble Beach in California. The Windsor event kicks off with the Great West Tour (which I am privileged to be organising). This year we have a treat in store for the owners who deem their cars suitable for our brief adventure (some of this year’s Windsor cars are simply too old, too rare or too mechanically complicated to venture out on the open road, including the Queen’s own 1900 Daimler Mail Phaeton). On Wednesday morning around forty cars, ranging from a 1934 Packard to a 1962 ex-Graham Hill Ferrari 250 GTO, will set off from Ellenborough Park Hotel in Cheltenham on a gentle two-day jaunt around the Cotswolds, the Brecon Beacons, Gloucestershire and Hampshire before arriving in Windsor late on Thursday afternoon, ready for the main event.

The Concours of Elegance starts with Owners’ Day on Friday, followed by two public days on Saturday and Sunday. The sixty competing cars will be on display in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, but many hundreds of other classic and modern Ferraris, Porsches, Maseratis, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and other marques will be parked on The Long Walk. It is truly a sight to behold and a chance to see, up close and in a unique location, some of the rarest cars in the world. Tickets are available on the gate.

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