The Zoute Grand Prix and Concours d’Elegance 2014 was held 9-12 October in the town of Knokke-Zoute on the coast of Belgium. The 5th annual Zoute Grand Prix consisted of a regularity and ballade rally and a traditional Concours d’Elegance.
The Zoute Grand Prix 2014 was a rally and drive for more than 150 classic cars manufactured between 1920 and 1965, with start and arrival in Knokke-Zoute. Participants drove approximately 250 km per day for the 3-day regularity rally, running through picturesque and country roads in West and East Flanders. The event also included a shorter ‘drive with road book’ that ran concurrent with the regularity rally. The team of Maes/Deplancke drove their 1961 Porsche 356 B to the regularity win, followed by the 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster of Despiegelaere/Coucke and the 1964 Porsche 356 SC of Quatennens/Van Hooydonk.
Derek Bell MBE took part in this year’s Zoute Rally driving the unique Bentley Speed Six ‘Old Number One’. This car was built in 1929 and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1930. After a long legal wrangle concerning the authenticity of the original Old Number One, the British High Court confirmed in 1990 that this car is indeed the real Old Number One, the same car that Derek Bell drove at Knokke-Heist. In 1989, the then owner, Edward Hubbard, wanted to use the car (with an estimated value of £10 million) as takeover collateral to acquire another British make, the Scimitar. The owners of Scimitar threw doubt on the authenticity of the car and so also its value. After a lengthy legal case, the British High Court decided that it really was the authentic Old Number One.
The Zoute Concours d’Elegance 2014 took place on fairways of the Royal Zoute Golf Club where fifty cars, split into pre- and post war categories, were judged. Best of Show was awarded to the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series 1, chassis 0791 GT, while the 1927 Excelsior Albert 1 Cabriolet Spider, chassis 2433, won the Pre-War class. Alongside the class winners, there were a number of special prizes awarded, including Most Sensitive Restoration to the 1952 Fiat 1100 E Zagato Elaborazione Abarth, chassis 368374, Most Creative Design to the 1922 Bugatti Type 29/30, chassis 4008 and Most Iconic Car given to the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Passo Corto’ Berlinetta By Scaglietti, chassis 1993 GT.
Photographer Julien Mahiels documented the Zoute Grand Prix and Concours d’Elegance 2014, offering the following photos from the events held on the coast of Belgium. We split up Julien’s beautiful pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and award winners can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Julien, visit julienmahiels.net.
Zoute Grand Prix and Concours d’Elegance 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery
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