The Concours of Elegance UK 2015 will be held 4-6 September at Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse, and organisers are planning a special feature for some of Scotland’s most famous racing drivers and their cars.
In addition to the main Concours event, which will feature sixty cars, the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse will also host iconic cars driven by Scottish legends like Jim Clark, Johnny Dumfries and Andrew Cowan and the largest ever collection of Ecurie Ecosse racers, ranging from the 1950s to the modern-day.
In another world first, Sir Jackie Stewart, recently named Vice Patron of the Concours of Elegance, will display his three Formula One Driver’s Championship-winning cars at Holyroodhouse.
Representing Jim Clark will be a Lotus-Cortina he drove to victory in the 1964 British Touring Car Championship, the Lotus 43-BRM H16 that he won the 1966 US Grand Prix with and his 1963 Formula One Driver’s Championship-winning Lotus 25.
Also on display will be a Hillman Hunter driven to victory by Andrew Cowan in the grueling 1968 London-Sydney Marathon, and a Jaguar XJR-9 piloted by Johnny Dumfries and his co-drivers to a win at the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours race. A headline of the Ecurie Ecosse racers will be the Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ of Ninian Sanderson and John Lawrence that finished second at Le Mans in 1957.
Sir Jackie Stewart said, “Scotland has a very successful history of producing excellent racing drivers. When you consider that Jim Clark, Johnny Dumfries, David Coulthard and Allan McNish are all from Scotland – a country of just 5 million people – you quickly realise that there’s plenty of reason to celebrate Scotland’s racing heroes.”
In the main Concours display, the organisers have confirmed a number of the stars of the show, which will include a 1933 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet and the 1911 London-to-Edinburgh Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.
One of the primary aims of Concours of Elegance is to raise money for charity, and the 2015 Concours of Elegance will be generating funds for Walking With the Wounded – who will be establishing facilities for ex-military personnel all over Scotland – Action on Addiction and Springfield Motor Racing’s Club for Young People. Concours of Elegance has raised more than £600,000 for its charities thus far.
Concours of Elegance takes place between 4-6 September at the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. Tickets are available now; an adult ticket costs £35, with a variety of discounts and concessions available (under 5s go free and under 17s £10). A variety of hospitality packages are also available. For further information, visit concoursofelegance.co.uk.