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Little Classics News: 8 September 2014

Prince Awards Top Classic Cars at Concours of Elegance

Concours of Elegance

The fabulous Concours of Elegance, uniquely held at a different Royal Palace each year, was concluded on Sunday 7th September at Hampton Court Palace with the Concours Awards prize presentations.

Concours entry owners and guests were invited to an exclusive and exquisite 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.

The ‘Best of Show’ Alfa Romeo ‘Flying Star’ (below) is a legendary show classic car, which 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. It has been winning accolades and trophies ever since.

Alfa Romeo ‘Flying Star’

Other prize winners at the 2014 Concours of Elegance include:

  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Alloy” Gullwing Coupé (The AIG Private Clients Award for the Most Historically Significant Car)
  • Sonja Schaefer driving the 1929 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster (The Pol Roger Award for the Most Elegant Gentleman or Lady Driver)
  • 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Freestone & Webb Coupé (The William & Son Award for the Most Elegant British Motor Car)
  • 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero Bertone Concept (The RM Auctions Award for the Most Innovative Car of its Era)
  • 1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C SS Corsica Roadster (The Royal Automobile Club Spirit of Motoring Award)
  • 1936 Bugatti T57 Paul Née Pillarless Coupé (The Connolly Award for the Most Elegant Interior)
  • 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni et Falaschi Coupé (The Autoglym Elegant Design Award)

Concours of Elegance Patron, Prince Michael of Kent, admires a 1930 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre

Held in the stunning Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace the 2014 Concours of Elegance brought together 60 of the rarest modern and classic cars from all over the world. 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 Ville d’Este in 2011, also won the Ferrari Owners Club Best of Show award in the same year.



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