A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO raced in period by Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori will be among the headline entries at the 2016 Concours of Elegance, which will return to the historic grounds of the Windsor Castle in England from 2-4 September.
Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, the Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance 2016 is set to be the biggest yet, and will feature a range of cars linked to the Royal Family, including a 1900 Daimler 6hp first bought by King Edward VII. As the first Royal to ride in an automobile, and with this Daimler as the very first Royal motorcar, it has a special history.
As ever, the 2016 edition of the Concours of Elegance will tell the story of the motorcar from its very beginnings through to the modern-day, taking in icons along the way, including a Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 3729GT. This particular GTO was recently restored to the original white color configuration that Graham Hill raced it to 2nd overall at the 1962 Goodwood Tourist Trophy.
From the modern day, the Concours of Elegance will be hosting the UK debut of a one-of-seven Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spider. Using an Alfa Romeo 8C as its base, this handcrafted model is finished with a retro-inspired body.
These are just three of the sixty automobiles that will be on show in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, an area that has only ever once before been used for an event such as this — the 2012 Concours of Elegance. Elsewhere in the Castle grounds, more than 1,000 cars will be on display from 2-4 September as part of the biggest Concours of Elegance event yet.
An array of Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Jaguars and other cars will be parked up along the four-mile Long Walk that leads up to the Castle. Special features, including a display of innovative cars from each decade of Her Majesty’s reign and a selection of supercars, will also be on show.
Established in 2012, the inaugural Concours of Elegance was held within Windsor Castle to mark the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. Organised by Thorough Events, the Concours of Elegance has continued with the settings of St James’s Palace in 2013, Hampton Court Palace in 2014 and Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse in 2015.
Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from £25, with concessions from £17.50. Children under five and carers can enter free of charge. For the first time, Concours of Elegance is offering members of the public the opportunity to attend on Friday 2nd September, a day normally reserved for the Owners of the sixty main Concours cars. This special ‘Members’ ticket includes VIP parking, a souvenir catalogue, champagne, refreshments and access to the Members’ Marquee.