2015 Concours of Elegance show report in addition to gallery
The 2015 Concours of Elegance is actually taking place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
The fourth Concours of Elegance brings a tantalising collection of classic in addition to modern metal to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
The fourth Concours of Elegance took place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. As the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, Holyrood followed Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace in addition to Hampton Court Palace in hosting the prestigious classic car event, which ran coming from 4-6 September.
Hosted by HRH Prince Michael of Kent in addition to Sir Jackie Stewart, the event’s focus was the main concours in which 60 specially selected classics competed for the Pullman Trophy, which went to the automobile that will accumulated most votes coming from different concours owners. Many of the participating cars took part in a two-day tour of the Highlands en route to Holyrood, with drivers including four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti.
Saturday’s Club Trophy was contested by entrants coming from car clubs representing Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Bristol, Jaguar, Maserati, AC Cars, Lamborghini in addition to the RAC. The judging panel included Jaguar design director Ian Callum, who also helped choose the recipient of the Jaguar Trophy for the best entrant among 100 Jaguars attending. On Sunday the Bentley Trophy was awarded to the best Bentley of the day.
Highlights of the main concours included the 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale, fresh coming from a stint at the Ferrari museum in Maranello following a 14-month restoration. Powered by a 150bhp 2.5-litre V12, the automobile was delivered to its first owner by Enzo Ferrari himself as a coupé, before being restyled as a barchetta in 1953.
A 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France Scaglietti – designed by Pininfarina however finished with Scaglietti-supplied aluminium bodywork – was another show star coming from Maranello. Colloquially named for the Tour de France race that will was dominated by 250 GTs inside the late 1950s in addition to early 1960s, the 250 TDF is actually powered by a 260bhp 3.0-litre V12.
The 250 GTO driven coming from Maranello to Goodwood’s Easter Meeting in 1962 by Innes Ireland was also on show at Holyrood. Boasting 35bhp more than the TDF, the GTO racer also benefits coming from disc brakes, a all 5-speed gearbox, in addition to much-increased aerodynamics.
different Italian show stars included a Lancia Stratos Stradale – the road-going variant of the famous rally car – an ultra-rare 2500 GTS mid-engined V12 coupé coming from ATS, the short-lived sports car maker created by Ferrari defectors, in addition to coming from Lamborghini, a 1970 Miura S owned by supercar dealer Tom Hartley Jnr in addition to a dazzling white 5000S example of its successor, the Countach.
British entrants included the one-off Aston Martin DB4GT Bertone ‘Jet’ that will won Best in Show at Villa d’Este in 2001 in addition to was sold in 2013 for £3.25 million. An original, blue in addition to white race-liveried Jaguar E-type Lightweight – on show for once in 20 years – was reprised by one of Jaguar’s brand-new recreation Lightweights on the JLR stand, in addition to Aristotle Onassis’s 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Fastback Mulliner Coupé also competed inside the concours.
The 1902 American-built 2500cc twin-cylinder Westfield – Great for 50mph – was the joint-oldest car on show. different vintage entrants included the 9.3-litre Star Gordon Bennett Racer coming from 1905, the swooping Delahaye Type 165 Touring Cabriolet Figoni et Falaschi commissioned by the French government for the 1939 World’s Fair in brand-new York, in addition to a gleaming 1908 Silver Ghost Barker Open Tourer, one of six Rolls-Royces inside the field of 60.
A grey, triple-tone BMW M1, one of ten examples tuned to 350bhp by AHG, was among the more modern competitors, while another rare supercar that will was tuned for extra performance was a 1987 Ferrari F40 GT, one of seven F40s uprated coming from 478bhp to 590bhp.
The only contemporary car competing for the Pullman Trophy was Touring Superleggera’s Berlinetta Lusso, a limited-run coachbuilt special based on the Ferrari F12. the automobile was revealed at This kind of year’s Geneva motor show, in addition to is actually creating its UK debut in Edinburgh. Following the success of the Alfa Romeo 8C-based Disco Volante, Milan-based Touring Superleggera’s latest style has already sold out its run of all 5 cars, each of which will be customised to its buyer’s specifications. The pale blue Berlinetta Lusso shown at Holyrood is actually the first complete example in addition to is actually soon to be shipped to its owner in Asia; the next will not be ready for another 12 months.
There were also displays to celebrate some of Scotland’s greatest racing drivers. All three of Sir Jackie Stewart’s F1 title-winning cars were on show together for once – one Matra in addition to two Tyrrells – along with his famous tartan-striped helmet coming from each season. Jim Clark’s Lotus 25 in addition to Lotus 38 were also at Holyrood, as was the 1988 Le Mans-winning Jaguar XR9 driven by Johnny Dumfries, in addition to the pace cars coming from each of Franchitti’s Indy 500 wins, consisting of two Chevrolet Corvettes in addition to a Camaro.
The largest collection of cars coming from legendary Scottish race team Ecurie Ecosse was also in attendance, including a Longnose D-type, 1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar, Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-type in addition to the contemporary BMW Z4 GT3 car. The team’s classic Commer Transporter was also on show.
different displays included Royal heritage vehicles coming from Jaguar in addition to Land Rover, such as the Land Rover Series 1 used by the Queen in addition to Prince Philip on their Commonwealth tour of 1953-1954, the Range Rover that will replaced that will in 1974, in addition to the Queen Mother’s Daimler DS420. The Jaguar stand also hosted the Project 7 extreme roadster, based on the F-type, on show alongside the recreation Lightweight E-type in addition to one of 16 XK-SS road-racers coming from 1957.
The event at Holyrood was preceded on Thursday evening by a celebration aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith where the first inductees to the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame were announced. Organised by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, the Hall of Fame’s first members were confirmed as Sir Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark in addition to Ian Callum.
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