Fell in love with Downton Abbey’s Henry Talbot and the thrill of classic motorsport? At the Concours of Elegance event to be held in September, you will have the unique opportunity to see how top level British motorsport began at the Brooklands Motor Circuit in Surrey, and, more importantly, to drool over the cars.
Four of the remaining cars from the 1926 British Grand Prix; the Delage 155B, Talbot 700, Thomas Special, and Halford Special, will be lining up at Windsor Castle to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. The historic racing cars will be joined by a revolutionary British car from each decade of the Queen’s life. Running from the Bentley 3 Litre of the 1920s, through the Land Rover Series I, the Mini, and the McLaren F1 of the 1990s, the feature aims to illustrate Britain’s pivotal role in the motor industry.
The classic cars are only a small part of the Windsor Castle event, which will also be showing 60 of the world’s most exclusive cars. The full list of cars, which are hosted in Windsor’s glorious Quadrangle, will be finalised in the next few weeks by the event’s Steering Committee, a group of the world’s most knowledgeable classic car experts. Already confirmed are two 1930s gems – a one-off art deco masterpiece, the 1937 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia, and an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato, a car which dominated motorsport events of its day. The event will also feature a free-to-view area, consisting of more than 800 models from the UK’s best car clubs, including the Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Jaguar, and Bentley owners’ clubs.
Established in 2012, the inaugural Concours of Elegance was held within Windsor Castle to mark the diamond jubilee of the Queen’s reign. Although a key objective is to raise significant sums for charity, the annual event has since set a global benchmark for a classic car concours.