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Hampton Court Palace Concours 2014 – Report and Photos

1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spider, winner of the 1957 Mille Miglia  TIM SCOTT
1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spider, winner of the 1957 Mille Miglia

The third annual Concours of Elegance took place on September 5-7, 2014 at the historic Hampton Court Palace, a royal palace situated on the Thames in London. A total of 60 automobiles from around the world graced the Fountain Gardens on the East side of the historic Hampton Court Palace.

The 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace is the third such automotive gathering in London, with the first event at the Windsor Castle in 2012, followed by the St. James’s Palace in 2013. The event is unique in the fact that the setting changes from year to year but with the consistent theme of always being held on the lawns of a Royal palace.

This year’s Concours of Elegance concluded on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at Hampton Court Palace with the Concours awards prize presentations. Concours entry owners and guests were invited to a dinner for the prize winners’ announcements on Saturday night, hosted in the Great Dining Hall at Hampton Court Palace by Concours of Elegance Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

Best of Show at the Hampton Court Palace Concours 2014 was awarded to the 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Touring ‘Flying Star’. This legendary show car made its Concours debut in 1931 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where, accompanied by the model Josette Pozzo, it won the Coppa d’Oro di Villa d’Este trophy. The ‘Flying Star’ has been winning accolades and trophies ever since.

Another interesting entrant was the 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta of Jon Shirley. Chassis 0010M finished 1st overall in the 1949 Spa 24 Hours driven by Luigi Chinetti and Jean Lucas, in addition to being the first Ferrari to win a race in California when it won in Palm Springs in 1950.

In addition to the Concours entrants, several hundred further cars joined the show from across Europe, with the special Club Trophy award presented to a 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB owned by Brit, Nigel Allen. The car, shown at Concorso Ville d’Este in 2011, also won the Ferrari Owners Club Best of Show award in the same year.

Similar to the 2012 Windsor Castle and 2013 St. James’s events, Senior Photographer Tim Scott also documented the 2014 Hampton Court Concours with the following 465 images that show the wonderful selection of cars and the unique Hampton Court Palace setting.

Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance 2014 – Main Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

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Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance 2014 – Award Winners

Best of Show
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Touring ‘Flying Star’

AIG Private Clients Award for the Most Historically Significant Car
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing Coupe

Pol Roger Award for the Most Elegant Gentleman or Lady Driver
Sonja Schaefer driving the 1929 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster

William and Son Award for the Most Elegant British Motor Car
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Freestone and Webb Coupe

RM Auctions Award for the Most Innovative Car of its Era
1970 Lancia Stratos Zero Bertone Concept

Royal Automobile Club Spirit of Motoring Award
1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C SS Corsica Roadster

Connolly Award for the Most Elegant Interior
1936 Bugatti T57 Paul Nee Pillarless Coupe

Autoglym Elegant Design Award
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni et Falaschi Coupe

[Source: Concours of Elegance; photos: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]