The 2016 edition of the Concours of Elegance returns to the venue which saw the event established, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle.
From Friday the 2nd of September through to Sunday the 4th of September, a great selection of cars from all over the world will gather to help celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday with a Concours of Elegance display in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle.
The Concours of Elegance remains unique in the UK as the only automotive event to be held at a Royal venue each year, with 2016 marking the show’s fifth year of automotive gatherings in some of the world’s most iconic locations, including St James’s Palace, Hampton Court Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and next year’s return to Windsor Castle.
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is the Concours of Elegance’s Patron, and serves as Chief Judge in the Royal Automobile Club Club Trophy, which brings together the ‘best of the best’ of the UK’s car club scene, with the Trophy winner granted automatic entry in to the following year’s Concours of Elegance selection of 60 cars.
In addition to its unique Royal Palace location, the annual Concours of Elegance differs in other ways from a traditional concours, whereby the judging for the concours is done entirely and exclusively by the owners of the vehicles entered, not by a formal judging panel. The Concours of Elegance organisers maintain that if a car has been invited to participate, it is already a winner, with each vehicle owner given one vote for another car in the Concours that they consider the most elegant. The car with the most votes receives the Concours of Elegance Pullman Trophy and is named ‘Best in Show’.
The Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle will be open to the public on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of September 2016, with entry tickets and hospitality available to purchase strictly in advance.
A key objective of the annual Concours of Elegance is to raise significant sums for charity, with over £600,000 raised to date.