Marlborough House Car Show:

2013 Concours of Elegance – London September 2013

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Concours of Elegance Poster

What better time to visit London than early September when the weather can be anything.  The Owners’ Day of the Concours of Elegance (yes, Concours OF Elegance – it is England, after all) was held on a blisteringly hot day.  Blazing sunshine.  Temperatures near 90-degrees.  The owners and their ladies or gents were hard put to keep a dry upper lip.  This was a three day event and the weather was different on each day.  Following the hot, hot, hot Thursday, it rained on Friday.  Not downpours exactly, but enough to keep the car polishers busy keeping the 60 or so vehicles as pristine as possible.  Saturday was the public day and the weather dried and was overcast.  The cooler weather made the public day better without the blazing heat of the Owners’ Day.

Luckily or unluckily, AutoPacific attended the Owners’ Day reserved for Owners, guests, Owners’ Day Ticket Holders and Media.  Luckily, because we could attend.  Unluckily, because it was so, soooooo HOT.

Having just been to the Pebble Beach Coucours de Elegance in August, the contrast was striking.  Pebble is so over the top that it overwhelms the senses.  The St. James Coucours of Elegance is much less flamboyant, much less overwhelming, but still provides an opportunity to view outstanding vehicles and have a chat with their owners.

It was a day of Royalty.  The owners were first feted at Buckingham Palace and then drove their cars down The Mall to Marlborough House located in St. James where the cars were displayed in the back garden.  The royal patron was HRH Prince Michael of Kent.  The vehicles on display varied widely from old Rolls-Royces to a modern Bentley GTZ Zagato custom coupe.  Here are a few examples:

Hard to get an angle on this American 1934 Duesenberg Model J Willoughby Sedan Limousine

Hard to get an angle on this American 1934 Duesenberg Model J Willoughby Sedan Limousine

1930 Stutz SV16 Weyman Monte Carlo - a famed American marque

1930 Stutz SV16 Weyman Monte Carlo – a famed American marque

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Voll & Ruhrbeck Roadster

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Voll & Ruhrbeck Roadster

1925 Hispano-Suiza Boulogne

1925 Hispano-Suiza Boulogne

1928 Bugatti Type 35B - unrestored beauty

1928 Bugatti Type 35B – unrestored beauty

Bentley GTZ Zagato Custom Coupe - a late entry

Bentley GTZ Zagato Custom Coupe – a late entry

Bentley GTZ Zagato - note the Roofline and Rear Styling

Bentley GTZ Zagato – note the Roofline and Rear Styling

1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbech Sport Cabriolet, 1936 Mercedes 500K Streamline Roadster in background

1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbech Sport Cabriolet, 1936 Mercedes 500K Streamline Roadster in background


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