For those who love British classic cars and exotic vintage breeds, then the Concours of Elegance show at Windsor Castle is probably your idea of motoring-heaven.
On a typical Friday morning the Windsor Long Walk is relatively quiet, with just a few dog walkers and tourists making their way down the long tree-lined path from Windsor Castle.
But on this particular Friday morning, the famous stretch was awash with beautiful vintage cars, paraded as if on a catwalk up the 2+ mile strip up to the world-famous home of her Majesty the Queen.
On arrival, sixty of the world’s most beautiful vintage cars parked up in ‘the quad’ – a usually off-limits area of Windsor Castle.
From big names like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes Benz to British classics including Jaguar and Aston Martin as well as other more exotic and rare cars went on display for a weekend of petrol-head heaven.
It was also a rare opportunity for the general public to explore a more private side to Windsor Castle. The ‘quad’ and the top end of the Long Walk are usually very much off limits to the general public.
With Her Majesty away on her summer holiday it was the perfect chance to explore these incredible surroundings, while getting a chance to take in some of the rarest – and most valuable – cars in the world.
I’m a huge Jaguar E Type fan. As the daughter of a man dubbed ‘E Type Tony’ who was a former Jaguar dealer, rally driver and British car fan, this iconic British sports car is what gave me my passion for cars in the first place.
So of course I was over the moon that there was a huge selection of fixed-head and drop-head E Types on show! Including this rather gorgeous ex Roy Salvadori lightweight.
For those who like their cars rare, you were spoilt for choice, including a mind-boggling selection of vintage Ferrari’s (including a mouth-watering Ferrari 250 GTO), as well as less well-known names including this Talbot-Lago T26 Cabriolet.
This incredible space-age looking Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia caught everyone’s eye and won best in show.
Of course Britain was very well represented – in some cases practically dominating the show. One of the show favourites was this gorgeous original Mini owned by the late George Harrison.
But beautiful examples from Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar were also represented, as well as the first cars from the grid of the inaugural British GP.
Aside of the sixty rare breeds on show, car clubs from across the UK were invited to display on the main stretch of the Long Walk.
Accessible to all, this meant a free-treat for anyone who happened to be on the Long Walk or wanted to see some fine examples of cars, including Jaguar, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Aston Martin and many others.
One of the biggest surprises for me (and those around me) was spotting an Aston Martin Vulcan – definitely the new kid on the block, surrounded by many golden oldies!
On Sunday, the event came to a close and the cars left via the main gate in the ‘Grand Depart’ – again a fantastic opportunity for people who did or didn’t have tickets to see these incredible cars in action.
Concours of Elegance takes place once a year at some of the UK’s most beautiful locations, including Windsor Castle and St James’s Palace. Make sure to put next year’s event in your diary to witness some of the world’s most breathtaking British classic cars.
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