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Pictorial: 2020 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace

Pictorial: 2020 Concours of El...
The 60 entrants in the 2020 Concours of Elegance looking completely at home in the former residence of Henry VIII
The 60 entrants in the 2020 Concours of Elegance looking completely at home in the former residence of Henry VIII
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The 60 entrants in the 2020 Concours of Elegance looking completely at home in the former residence of Henry VIII
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The 60 entrants in the 2020 Concours of Elegance looking completely at home in the former residence of Henry VIII
One of the many innovations at the 2020 Concours of Elegance was the introduction of a Junior Car Class for the first time at any automotive concours event. Remarkably, the junior event was won by a scale replica of the same car that won the "best of show" and at a glance, it's a bit difficult to tell one from the other. The workmanship involved in the replica needs to be seen to be believed and is the subject of a separate feature to be published today.
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One of the many innovations at the 2020 Concours of Elegance was the introduction of a Junior Car Class for the first time at any automotive concours event. Remarkably, the junior event was won by a scale replica of the same car that won the "best of show" and at a glance, it's a bit difficult to tell one from the other. The workmanship involved in the replica needs to be seen to be believed and is the subject of a separate feature to be published today.
A total of 19 overall victories, countless class successes and incredible emotions have linked Porsche with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's largest and most traditional motorsport event, for more than six decades. On 14 June 1970, Porsche achieved its first overall victory there with the 580 hp 917 KH sports car. Fifty years later, the same car would win the world-renowned Concours of Elegance and once more become eligible for a world championship - albeit the defacto world championship for collector cars, the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
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A total of 19 overall victories, countless class successes and incredible emotions have linked Porsche with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's largest and most traditional motorsport event, for more than six decades. On 14 June 1970, Porsche achieved its first overall victory there with the 580 hp 917 KH sports car. Fifty years later, the same car would win the world-renowned Concours of Elegance and once more become eligible for a world championship - albeit the defacto world championship for collector cars, the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
The Porsche 917 that gave Porsche its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. This car is actually the slowest of the 917 variants, and is powered by the Type 912 4.5 liter flat-12 engine. The 917/30 Can-Am variant was capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 5.3 seconds. The long tail Langheck version was measured at 362 km/h (225 mph). The 917 is also the most expensive Porsche at auction, having sold for $14,080,000 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in 2017. The car was used extensively in the production of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans movie and had been the personal car of racing legend Jo Siffert.
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The Porsche 917 that gave Porsche its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. This car is actually the slowest of the 917 variants, and is powered by the Type 912 4.5 liter flat-12 engine. The 917/30 Can-Am variant was capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 5.3 seconds. The long tail Langheck version was measured at 362 km/h (225 mph). The 917 is also the most expensive Porsche at auction, having sold . The car was used extensively in the production of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans movie and had been the personal car of racing legend Jo Siffert.
The most valuable road car of the modern era and the last road car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the McLaren F1 GTR. These two cars were part of a display honoring the GTR, and both competed in the 1995 race, with the winning Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing car in front, and the Giroix Racing Team F1 GTR that finished fifth.
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The most valuable road car of the modern era and the last road car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the McLaren F1 GTR. These two cars were part of a display honoring the GTR, and both competed
in the 1995 race, with the winning Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing car in front, and the Giroix Racing Team F1 GTR that finished fifth.
The Concours of Elegance 2020 played host to the Giroix Racing Team McLaren F1 GTR that finished fifth outright in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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The Concours of Elegance 2020 played host to the Giroix Racing Team McLaren F1 GTR that finished fifth outright in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing car on its way to winning the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was the centerpiece of a central display at the 2020 Concours of Elegance, honoring the McLaren F1 GTR car that claimed one of the most comprehensive motor sport victories of all time, taking four of the top five places overall and the top four GT1 places.
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The Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing car on its way to winning the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was the centerpiece of a central display at the 2020 Concours of Elegance, honoring the McLaren F1 GTR car that claimed one of the most comprehensive motor sport victories of all time, taking four of the top five places overall and the top four GT1 places.
This is a 1921 Leyat Helica, one of 30 that Frenchman Marcel Leyat built during the aptly named "Roaring Twenties." Based on a biplane's technological features, the car eschewed a traditional drivetrain and driven wheels for a propeller. It was very light at just 550 lb (250 kg), used a number of different air-cooled engines among the 30 examples built, and recorded a top speed of 106 mph (171 km/h) in 1927. We did a feature article on this remarkably bad idea yesterday.
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This is a 1921 Leyat Helica, one of 30 that Frenchman Marcel Leyat built during the aptly named "Roaring Twenties." Based on a biplane's technological features, the car eschewed a traditional drivetrain and driven wheels for a propeller. It was very light at just 550 lb (250 kg), used a number of different air-cooled engines among the 30 examples built, and recorded a top speed of 106 mph (171 km/h) in 1927. We did a feature article on this remarkably bad idea yesterday.
The Ford versus Ferrari display brought together many of the iconic racers that contested the 1960s rivalry
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The Ford versus Ferrari display brought together many of the iconic racers that contested the 1960s rivalry
The INEOS Grenadier prototype was on display with a 1980 Toyota FJ40, a 1944 Willys Jeep, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen and the very first Land Rover Defender.
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The INEOS Grenadier prototype was on display with a 1980 Toyota FJ40, a 1944 Willys Jeep, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen and the very first Land Rover Defender.
The Ineos Grenadier is less a shameless Defender copycat and more a living homage. When Land Rover retired the original Defender back in 2016, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a self-described adventurer and Land Rover fan, tried to buy the Defender tooling to keep the Defender tradition alive but Land Rover denied his overtures. That's Jim with his Land Rover pictured. Instead of giving up, like any reasonable man (thx GBS), Jim built a new company with which to replace the chasm left in the marketplace.
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The Ineos Grenadier is less a shameless Defender copycat and more a living homage. When Land Rover retired the original Defender back in 2016, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a self-described adventurer and Land Rover fan, tried to buy the Defender tooling to keep the Defender tradition alive but Land Rover denied his overtures. That's Jim with his Land Rover pictured. Instead of giving up, like any reasonable man (thx GBS), Jim built a new company with which to replace the chasm left in the marketplace.
This is the world’s very first production Land Rover from 1948, making its concours debut following an enormously detailed “sympathetic” restoration. It is believed to have been used by Her Majesty’s Navy for the first decade of its life before spending time on a farm in Halifax.
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This is the world’s very first production Land Rover from 1948, making its concours debut following an enormously detailed “sympathetic” restoration. It is believed to have been used by Her Majesty’s Navy for the first decade of its life before spending time on a farm in Halifax.
This is the world’s very first production Land Rover from 1948, making its concours debut following an enormously detailed “sympathetic” restoration. It is believed to have been used by Her Majesty’s Navy for the first decade of its life before spending time on a farm in Halifax. It was restored and displayed by Ineos Automotive in an ingenious marketing manifestation of the brand values the fledgling company has embraced and will infuse into its new Grenadier.
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This is the world’s very first production Land Rover from 1948, making its concours debut following an enormously detailed “sympathetic” restoration. It is believed to have been used by Her Majesty’s Navy for the first decade of its life before spending time on a farm in Halifax. It was restored and displayed by Ineos Automotive in an ingenious marketing manifestation of the brand values the fledgling company has embraced and will infuse into its new Grenadier.
This is the world’s very first production Land Rover from 1948, making its concours debut following an enormously detailed “sympathetic” restoration. It is believed to have been used by Her Majesty’s Navy for the first decade of its life before spending time on a farm in Halifax. It was restored and displayed by Ineos Automotive in an ingenious marketing manifestation of the brand values the fledgling company has embraced and will infuse into its new Grenadier.
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This is the world’s very first production Land Rover from 1948, making its concours debut following an enormously detailed “sympathetic” restoration. It is believed to have been used by Her Majesty’s Navy for the first decade of its life before spending time on a farm in Halifax. It was restored and displayed by Ineos Automotive in an ingenious marketing manifestation of the brand values the fledgling company has embraced and will infuse into its new Grenadier.
The INEOS Grenadier has been conceived to be a capable, durable and reliable 4x4 designed and built to handle the world’s harshest environments. The vehicle is aimed squarely at the vacuum left by the retiring of the Land Rover Defender but has been created from the ground up on an all-new platform. The engine of the new Grenadier is expected to be a choice of BMW's 3.0L turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and the transmission is expected to be a ZF 8-speed automatic.
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The INEOS Grenadier has been conceived to be a capable, durable and reliable 4x4 designed and built to handle the world’s harshest environments. The vehicle is aimed squarely at the vacuum left by the retiring of the Land Rover Defender but has been created from the ground up on an all-new platform. The engine of the new Grenadier is expected to be a choice of BMW's 3.0L turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and the transmission is expected to be a ZF 8-speed automatic.
A Messerschmitt KR200 was deemed to be the pick of the cars on display from UK car clubs, picking up the Club. Though the Messerschmitt can boast only 9 hp from a diminutive 191cc Fichtel & Sachs 2-stroke engine, “its charming design and excellent condition won over the judges.” The KR200 will now take its place among the main concours cars for the Concours of Elegance 2021.
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A Messerschmitt KR200 was deemed to be the pick of the cars on display from UK car clubs, picking up the Club. Though the Messerschmitt can boast only 9 hp from a diminutive 191cc Fichtel & Sachs 2-stroke engine, “its charming design and excellent condition won over the judges.” The KR200 will now take its place among the main concours cars for the Concours of Elegance 2021.
A Messerschmitt KR200 was deemed to be the pick of the cars on display from UK car clubs, picking up the Club. Though the Messerschmitt can boast only 9 hp from a diminutive 191cc Fichtel & Sachs 2-stroke engine, “its charming design and excellent condition won over the judges.” The KR200 will now take its place among the main concours cars for the Concours of Elegance 2021.
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A Messerschmitt KR200 was deemed to be the pick of the cars on display from UK car clubs, picking up the Club. Though the Messerschmitt can boast only 9 hp from a diminutive 191cc Fichtel & Sachs 2-stroke engine, “its charming design and excellent condition won over the judges.” The KR200 will now take its place among the main concours cars for the Concours of Elegance 2021.
A Messerschmitt KR200 was deemed to be the pick of the cars on display from UK car clubs, picking up the Club. Though the Messerschmitt can boast only 9 hp from a diminutive 191cc Fichtel & Sachs 2-stroke engine, “its charming design and excellent condition won over the judges.” The KR200 will now take its place among the main concours cars for the Concours of Elegance 2021.
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A Messerschmitt KR200 was deemed to be the pick of the cars on display from UK car clubs, picking up the Club. Though the Messerschmitt can boast only 9 hp from a diminutive 191cc Fichtel & Sachs 2-stroke engine, “its charming design and excellent condition won over the judges.” The KR200 will now take its place among the main concours cars for the Concours of Elegance 2021.
The winner of the “Pre-1915” category at this year’s 2020 Concours of Elegance was this 1904 Fiat Type 24/32
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The winner of the “Pre-1915” category at this year’s 2020 Concours of Elegance was this 1904 Fiat Type 24/32
The winner of the “Pre-1915” category at this year’s 2020 Concours of Elegance was this 1904 Fiat Type 24/32
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The winner of the “Pre-1915” category at this year’s 2020 Concours of Elegance was this 1904 Fiat Type 24/32
Celebrating 70 years of F1, significant Grand Prix cars were on display. From left to right, that's a 1972 BRM P180 a 1961 Lotus 18-21, a 1967 Ferrari 312, a 1993 Williams FW15C and a 2005 McLaren MP4/20.
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Celebrating 70 years of F1, significant Grand Prix cars were on display. From left to right, that's a 1972 BRM P180 a 1961 Lotus 18-21, a 1967 Ferrari 312, a 1993 Williams FW15C and a 2005 McLaren MP4/20.
Our pick of the litter for the Formula 1 cars on display at the 2020 Concours of Elegance was this Maserati 250F that was raced in period by works driver Jean Behra.
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Our pick of the litter for the Formula 1 cars on display at the 2020 Concours of Elegance was this Maserati 250F that was raced in period by works driver Jean Behra.
Winning the Concours of Elegance Bentley Trophy is one of the highest accolades in the world for a Bentley automobile, and the competition is always at a level beyond excellent. A judging panel, led by Giles Crickmay of Frank Dale & Stepsons, picked out this 1926 Bentley 4.25-Litre Streamlined Drophead Coupé for the 2020 award. The car was bodied by Mulliner, and first owned by Bentley "royalty" in the form of Woolf Barnato. Barnato was one of the legendary "Bentley Boys" whose exploits were straight out of a Boys Own Annual. The heir to a diamond fortune, Barnato entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans just three times, winning on each occasion. He became one of the financiers of Bentley, and was subsequently appointed Chairman of the company. This car was presented in near-perfect condition, with the body said to be finished in the color of Barnato’s wife’s favorite dress.
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Winning the Concours of Elegance Bentley Trophy is one of the highest accolades in the world for a Bentley automobile, and the competition is always at a level beyond excellent. A judging panel, led by Giles Crickmay of Frank Dale & Stepsons, picked out this 1926 Bentley 4.25-Litre Streamlined Drophead Coupé for the 2020 award. The car was bodied by Mulliner, and first owned by Bentley "royalty" in the form of . Barnato was one of the legendary "Bentley Boys" whose exploits were straight out of a Boys Own Annual. The heir to a diamond fortune, Barnato entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans just three times, winning on each occasion. He became one of the financiers of Bentley, and was subsequently appointed Chairman of the company. This car was presented in near-perfect condition, with the body said to be finished in the color of Barnato’s wife’s favorite dress.
Winning the Concours of Elegance Bentley Trophy is one of the highest accolades in the world for a Bentley automobile, and the competition is always at a level beyond excellent. A judging panel, led by Giles Crickmay of Frank Dale & Stepsons, picked out this 1926 Bentley 4.25-Litre Streamlined Drophead Coupé for the 2020 award. The car was bodied by Mulliner, and first owned by Bentley "royalty" in the form of Woolf Barnato. Barnato was one of the legendary "Bentley Boys" whose exploits were straight out of a Boys Own Annual. The heir to a diamond fortune, Barnato entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans just three times, winning on each occasion. He became one of the financiers of Bentley, and was subsequently appointed Chairman of the company. This car was presented in near-perfect condition, with the body said to be finished in the color of Barnato’s wife’s favorite dress.
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Winning the Concours of Elegance Bentley Trophy is one of the highest accolades in the world for a Bentley automobile, and the competition is always at a level beyond excellent. A judging panel, led by Giles Crickmay of Frank Dale & Stepsons, picked out this 1926 Bentley 4.25-Litre Streamlined Drophead Coupé for the 2020 award. The car was bodied by Mulliner, and first owned by Bentley "royalty" in the form of . Barnato was one of the legendary "Bentley Boys" whose exploits were straight out of a Boys Own Annual. The heir to a diamond fortune, Barnato entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans just three times, winning on each occasion. He became one of the financiers of Bentley, and was subsequently appointed Chairman of the company. This car was presented in near-perfect condition, with the body said to be finished in the color of Barnato’s wife’s favorite dress.
Newly introduced for the 2020 Concours of Elegance was the Bridge of Weir Design Award, picked by a committee of automotive designers. This 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe by Gangloff, with its unique body and black over purple paintwork was recognized by the judges for its outstanding design and innovation.
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Newly introduced for the 2020 Concours of Elegance was the Bridge of Weir Design Award, picked by a committee of automotive designers. This 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe by Gangloff, with its unique body and black over purple paintwork was recognized by the judges for its outstanding design and innovation.
This one-off commission is the Aston Martin Victor, the most powerful road-legal naturally aspirated vehicle that Aston Martin has ever produced, boasting 836 bhp.
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This one-off commission is the Aston Martin Victor, the most powerful road-legal naturally aspirated vehicle that Aston Martin has ever produced, boasting 836 bhp.
The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
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The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
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The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
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The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
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The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
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The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
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The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
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The Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke creation from Aston Martin's Q Division. It was shown for the first time at the 2020 Concours of Elegance
The Aston Martin Victor made its debut at Concours of Elegance, alongside the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer. Under a car fundamentally constructed of carbon fiber is a naturally-aspirated 7.3-litre V12 producing 836 hp. It was constructed for a private customer by Aston Martin’s Q Division (think James Bond’s gadget couturier) and no price has been mentioned but the One-77 cost s10全球总决赛竞猜$1.87 million and the development costs were spread over 77 units. This is much more powerful than the One-77, has a one-off carbon body and all the development costs went on the bill. Maybe not as expensive as Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire but ...
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The Aston Martin Victor made its debut at Concours of Elegance, alongside the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer. Under a car fundamentally constructed of carbon fiber is a naturally-aspirated 7.3-litre V12 producing 836 hp. It was constructed for a private customer by Aston Martin’s Q Division (think James Bond’s gadget couturier) and no price has been mentioned but the One-77 cost s10全球总决赛竞猜$1.87 million and the development costs were spread over 77 units. This is much more powerful than the One-77, has a one-off carbon body and all the development costs went on the bill. Maybe not as expensive as Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire but ...
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The United Kingdom’s Concours of Elegance has always been select on almost every level, though this year it was significantly more so. The concours always limits the number of entrants to maintain its extraordinary standards, and this year brought together just 60 cars, preferring a small selection of exceptional cars that can be showcased in the traditional exceptional backdrop.

Since its inception in 2012, the Concours has rotated through some of the most magnificent settings in Great Britain, such as , , (The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) though in recent times it has preferred this year’s venue, , the former home of and of many other British kings and queens since then.

Held from September 4 to 6, 2020, the Concours is one of the eight world-class concours events which contribute their winner to the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award each year, the defacto world championship for collectible cars. Even more significantly this year, the Concours of Elegance was the first major international automotive Concours d’Elegance event held since the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in March. Since then we’ve seen many major events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the world’s oldest, and the world’s most important, the .

Many changes were needed to ensure audience safety at Concours of Elegance (UK) on the weekend, with revised hospitality facilities, far-more-restricted audience capacity and separate morning and afternoon tickets. This meant the tickets sold out early and not nearly as many people got to see the splendor of this year’s concours.

s10全球总决赛竞猜Most of the cars on display at Hampton Court Palace have been the center of attention for their entire existence, but few have captured quite as much attention as the car that took out the "Best in Show" at the 2020 Concours of Elegance.

A total of 19 overall victories, countless class successes and incredible emotions have linked Porsche with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's largest and most traditional motorsport event, for more than six decades. On 14 June 1970, Porsche achieved its first overall victory there with the 580 hp 917 KH sports car. Fifty years later, the same car would win the world-renowned Concours of Elegance and once more become eligible for a world championship - albeit the defacto world championship for collector cars, the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
A total of 19 overall victories, countless class successes and incredible emotions have linked Porsche with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's largest and most traditional motorsport event, for more than six decades. On 14 June 1970, Porsche achieved its first overall victory there with the 580 hp 917 KH sports car. Fifty years later, the same car would win the world-renowned Concours of Elegance and once more become eligible for a world championship - albeit the defacto world championship for collector cars, the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.

s10全球总决赛竞猜In taking top spot ahead of what the organizers billed as “the greatest ever line-up of collector cars gathered in the UK”, the Porsche 917 KH that took the marque’s first ever victory at Le Mans became the focus of the automotive world for a second time. Its win will see it go into a reduced field vying for the 2020 Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award and may yet become the toast of Paris for a second time when the winner is announced at Retromobile in February 2021 (previous winners – 2019 – 2018 – 2017).

s10全球总决赛竞猜The 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans was one of the most spectacular battles in the history of the event. Porsche had never won, though it had come close in 1969 when one of its cars finished just 120 meters behind the Ford GT40 of Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver. That was the last of the four straight Ford wins and the last time Ford won the event. Ferrari was the perennial winner but 1970 saw the changing of the guard. Ferrari hasn’t won one since, and this car took the first of 19 Porsche outright victories at the event.

Porsche rolled up in 1970 loaded for bear with no less than nine of its fearsome 917s, while Ferrari managed to get eleven of the newly homologated 512S beasts onto the grid.

This real-life drama was heightened by the shooting of one of the most famous movies of all-time. Steve McQueen’s Le Mans was shot throughout the race and live footage of the race was captured for the movie by running a Porsche 908/02 in the race that was fitted with movie cameras – not a big deal these days, but before digital video and miniaturization, it required numerous technological miracles to do that 50 years ago. The movie became a blockbuster, and the fame of this car in its time cannot be underestimated.

The Porsche 917 that gave Porsche its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. This car is actually the slowest of the 917 variants, and is powered by the Type 912 4.5 liter flat-12 engine. The 917/30 Can-Am variant was capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 5.3 seconds. The long tail Langheck version was measured at 362 km/h (225 mph). The 917 is also the most expensive Porsche at auction, having sold for $14,080,000 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in 2017. The car was used extensively in the production of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans movie and had been the personal car of racing legend Jo Siffert.
The Porsche 917 that gave Porsche its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. This car is actually the slowest of the 917 variants, and is powered by the Type 912 4.5 liter flat-12 engine. The 917/30 Can-Am variant was capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 5.3 seconds. The long tail Langheck version was measured at 362 km/h (225 mph). The 917 is also the most expensive Porsche at auction, having sold . The car was used extensively in the production of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans movie and had been the personal car of racing legend Jo Siffert.

This Porsche 917K won the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans becoming the first of many Porsches to win the world’s most important race in front of a crowd of 300,000 spectators. Driven by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood, the 4.5 liter flat-12 covered 4,607.59 km (2,863.02 mi) at an average speed of 192.00 km/h (119.30 mph).

One of the many innovations at the 2020 Concours of Elegance was the introduction of a Junior Car Class for the first time at any automotive concours event. Remarkably, the junior event was won by a scale replica of the same car that won the "best of show" and at a glance, it's a bit difficult to tell one from the other. The workmanship involved in the replica needs to be seen to be believed and is the subject of a separate feature to be published today.
One of the many innovations at the 2020 Concours of Elegance was the introduction of a Junior Car Class for the first time at any automotive concours event. Remarkably, the junior event was won by a scale replica of the same car that won the "best of show" and at a glance, it's a bit difficult to tell one from the other. The workmanship involved in the replica needs to be seen to be believed and is the subject of a separate feature to be published today.

Ford versus Ferrari

The Ford versus Ferrari display brought together many of the iconic racers that contested the 1960s rivalry
The Ford versus Ferrari display brought together many of the iconic racers that contested the 1960s rivalry

s10全球总决赛竞猜One of the many specially-curated aspects of the Concours of Elegance this year was a Ford vs. Ferrari display, that paid homage to some of the Le Mans 24 Hours’ most famous racers that emerged from the rivalry of Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. It all began when Ford decided he wanted to buy Ferrari, sent a delegation to make Enzo an offer and ... Enzo told Ford’s executives they worked in a “big ugly factory” making “big ugly cars” for a “pig-headed boss.” Within a month it got very personal with Ford throwing money at a new initiative to build a GT car capable of winning Le Mans.

s10全球总决赛竞猜The resultant GT40 initially provided disastrous results but once the bugs were ironed out, it won four years running, along the way racing against a number of Ferraris that are now each worth a King's ransom: the Ferrari 250 LM, 365 P2 and the Ferrari 250 GTO, with all cars on display at Hampton Park.

That this particular edition of the Concours of Elegance should feature both the war between Ford and Ferrari which saw them both win their last Le Mans event more than 50 years ago, and the first Porsche winner (of 19 and counting) ... is ironic!

The Central Display: 25th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR

The Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing car on its way to winning the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was the centerpiece of a central display at the 2020 Concours of Elegance, honoring the McLaren F1 GTR car that claimed one of the most comprehensive motor sport victories of all time, taking four of the top five places overall and the top four GT1 places.
The Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing car on its way to winning the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was the centerpiece of a central display at the 2020 Concours of Elegance, honoring the McLaren F1 GTR car that claimed one of the most comprehensive motor sport victories of all time, taking four of the top five places overall and the top four GT1 places.

The Concours of Elegance Central Display is traditionally reserved only for the most extraordinary vehicles or astonishing motoring feats, which in the past has included a celebration of the Jaguar D-type’s 1-2-3-4-6 finish at Le Mans. This year the centerpiece was the 25th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR, and a feat which is arguably even greater than that of the Jaguar.

The most valuable road car of the modern era and the last road car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the McLaren F1 GTR. These two cars were part of a display honoring the GTR, and both competed in the 1995 race, with the winning Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing car in front, and the Giroix Racing Team F1 GTR that finished fifth.
The most valuable road car of the modern era and the last road car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the McLaren F1 GTR. These two cars were part of a display honoring the GTR, and both competed
in the 1995 race, with the winning Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing car in front, and the Giroix Racing Team F1 GTR that finished fifth.

F1 creator Gordon Murray always saw the McLaren F1 as the ultimate road machine, and never a racer, and a motor sport-ready F1 was never part of the British brand’s production plan. The McLaren F1 GTR was an afterthought, demanded by F1 customers who wanted to take their cars racing. To that end, the F1 GTR began testing in January 1995 with the Le Mans 24 Hours race only five months away, where it would be competing against not only modified production cars but also prototype vehicles designed specifically for endurance racing. Unfazed, the F1 GTR swept to victory in one of the most comprehensive motor sport victories of all time, taking four of the top five places overall and the top four GT1 places. The final result was McLaren F1 GTRs in first, third, fourth, fifth and 13th places.

“The Concours of Elegance is all about shining a light on the most astonishing stories and creations in the motoring world, and bringing them to one of the world’s most beautiful palaces for our visitors to enjoy", said Concours of Elegance Director, Andrew Evans, of the display, which brought together four of the cars that competed at Le Mans.

"Arguably there’s no more emotive story than that of the F1 GTR; a car that no one expected anything of which then went on to one of the most convincing victories ever seen at the world’s hardest motor race. We’re excited to bring these amazing vehicles together in 2020, but it really is just one small part of a very carefully curated selection of special features and world-class automobiles set for our event.”

The world debut of the INEOS Grenadier

The INEOS Grenadier has been conceived to be a capable, durable and reliable 4x4 designed and built to handle the world’s harshest environments. The vehicle is aimed squarely at the vacuum left by the retiring of the Land Rover Defender but has been created from the ground up on an all-new platform. The engine of the new Grenadier is expected to be a choice of BMW's 3.0L turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and the transmission is expected to be a ZF 8-speed automatic.
The INEOS Grenadier has been conceived to be a capable, durable and reliable 4x4 designed and built to handle the world’s harshest environments. The vehicle is aimed squarely at the vacuum left by the retiring of the Land Rover Defender but has been created from the ground up on an all-new platform. The engine of the new Grenadier is expected to be a choice of BMW's 3.0L turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and the transmission is expected to be a ZF 8-speed automatic.

Curiously, there was a global debut at this year's Concours from a company that has never previously made a car but is almost certain to be dearly loved by a dedicated global following for many decades to come. Unlike most newbie automotive manufacturers, the INEOS name comes with serious gravitas and momentum. INEOS is already a global chemicals manufacturer, employing over 22,000 people across 183 sites in 26 countries and the backstory involves INEOS head honcho, Sir Jim Radcliffe. It's a marketer's dream.

The Ineos Grenadier is less a shameless Defender copycat and more a living homage. When Land Rover retired the original Defender back in 2016, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a self-described adventurer and Land Rover fan, tried to buy the Defender tooling to keep the Defender tradition alive but Land Rover denied his overtures. That's Jim with his Land Rover pictured. Instead of giving up, like any reasonable man (thx GBS), Jim built a new company with which to replace the chasm left in the marketplace.
The Ineos Grenadier is less a shameless Defender copycat and more a living homage. When Land Rover retired the original Defender back in 2016, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a self-described adventurer and Land Rover fan, tried to buy the Defender tooling to keep the Defender tradition alive but Land Rover denied his overtures. That's Jim with his Land Rover pictured. Instead of giving up, like any reasonable man (thx GBS), Jim built a new company with which to replace the chasm left in the marketplace.

The first INEOS Grenadier prototype was on display at Hampton Court Palace, and just to make sure everyone was very clear about the company's intended market and brand values, it brought along a collection of serious 4x4 off-road vehicles from history that it had purchased and studied "to look closely at what made them so enduring.”

This is the world’s very first production Land Rover from 1948, making its concours debut following an enormously detailed “sympathetic” restoration. It is believed to have been used by Her Majesty’s Navy for the first decade of its life before spending time on a farm in Halifax.
This is the world’s very first production Land Rover from 1948, making its concours debut following an enormously detailed “sympathetic” restoration. It is believed to have been used by Her Majesty’s Navy for the first decade of its life before spending time on a farm in Halifax.

s10全球总决赛竞猜First and foremost, INEOS Automotive’s Concours display featured the first-ever production Land-Rover, a 1948 Model 80. It was restored and displayed by INEOS Automotive in an ingenious marketing manifestation of the brand values the fledgling company has embraced and will infuse into its new Grenadier. This is brilliant positioning of a new brand.

The INEOS Grenadier prototype was on display with a 1980 Toyota FJ40, a 1944 Willys Jeep, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen and the very first Land Rover Defender.
The INEOS Grenadier prototype was on display with a 1980 Toyota FJ40, a 1944 Willys Jeep, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen and the very first Land Rover Defender.

As New Atlas' Testosterone editor Chris Weiss put it when explaining the coming of the INEOS Automotive brand, the Grenadier is "the real Land Rover Defender redux the world was waiting, hoping and yearning for when Land Rover instead dropped this $50K luxury overlander on us."

“At the outset of the Grenadier project, we brought some of the great 4x4s of the past into the studio to look closely at what made them so enduring,” said Toby Ecuyer, Head of Design at INEOS Automotive. “And now, it’s fantastic to see the Grenadier in the company of these legends. You can see common design traits and proportions, and certainly the same clarity of purpose. I think the Grenadier sits very naturally among these 4x4 icons, and if others agree, then we’ve achieved our design objective.”

“We received some great feedback following our recent reveal of the new Grenadier, and this is now the first time we’re showing the vehicle at a public event in the UK,” said Dirk Heilmann, CEO at INEOS Automotive. “It’s very fitting that the vehicle is being showcased alongside a collection of off-road icons. They have served as the inspiration for the Grenadier project and represent the uncompromising go-anywhere spirit that the new vehicle will deliver for customers around the world. We look forward to assessing the reaction of the show’s many visitors.”

Prototype testing of the Grenadier is now fully underway, and sales are planned to start in markets worldwide from the end of 2021.

70 Years of Formula 1

Celebrating 70 years of F1, significant Grand Prix cars were on display. From left to right, that's a 1972 BRM P180 a 1961 Lotus 18-21, a 1967 Ferrari 312, a 1993 Williams FW15C and a 2005 McLaren MP4/20.
Celebrating 70 years of F1, significant Grand Prix cars were on display. From left to right, that's a 1972 BRM P180 a 1961 Lotus 18-21, a 1967 Ferrari 312, a 1993 Williams FW15C and a 2005 McLaren MP4/20.

s10全球总决赛竞猜Formula One has been running at world championship level for 70 years this year, and Concours events are always on the money when it comes to celebrating anniversaries. Hence the 2020 Concours of Elegance put on a display honoring the milestone, and collecting a range of Grand Prix cars representative of each era of the sport: a 1954 Maserati 250F, a 1961 Lotus 18-21, a 1967 Ferrari 312, a 1972 BRM P180, a 1993 Williams FW15C and a 2005 McLaren MP4/20.

Our pick of the litter for the Formula 1 cars on display at the 2020 Concours of Elegance was this Maserati 250F that was raced in period by works driver Jean Behra.
Our pick of the litter for the Formula 1 cars on display at the 2020 Concours of Elegance was this Maserati 250F that was raced in period by works driver Jean Behra.

s10全球总决赛竞猜This classical beauty was fielded by the Maserati factory team in 1955, mainly in the hands of Jean Behra, and won at Pau and Bordeaux, with a podium at the Syracuse Grand Prix. The 250F was the car that Mercedes-Benz let Juan Manuel Fangio race until his works Silver Arrow was ready – he won two Grands Prix in it while contracted to Mercedes-Benz.

He then won two titles for Mercedes-Benz, then stepped back into a 250F in 1957 for four more World Championship victories that year. One of those races is generally regarded as the greatest drive in Formula 1 history. He emerged from the pits at the Nürburgring some 48 seconds behind the leading car of Mike Hawthorn due to a disastrous pit stop. He then proceeded to break the lap record at “the Green Hell” TEN TIMES, passing Hawthorn with one lap to go and taking his most famous win.

Aston Martin's bespoke Victor

This one-off commission is the Aston Martin Victor, the most powerful road-legal naturally aspirated vehicle that Aston Martin has ever produced, boasting 836 bhp.
This one-off commission is the Aston Martin Victor, the most powerful road-legal naturally aspirated vehicle that Aston Martin has ever produced, boasting 836 bhp.

s10全球总决赛竞猜This is the Aston Martin Victor, a one-off supercar that was on display at the Concours of Elegance. The car was developed for a private customer by Aston Martin’s Q division, which can design and build whatever you wish at a commensurately obscene price, and with a naturally-aspirated 7.3-liter V12 producing 836 hp, it’s the most outrageous Q design yet to see the light of day. Though the all-carbon styling contains hints of the limited-edition One-77, track-only Vulcan and the Valkyrie, the engine comes from the $1.87 million (77 units) One-77, though it has 10 percent more power and … our guess is around $5 million, though the gentlemen involved don’t and won’t discuss such matters, so it might well be more than that.

The Aston Martin Victor made its debut at Concours of Elegance, alongside the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer. Under a car fundamentally constructed of carbon fiber is a naturally-aspirated 7.3-litre V12 producing 836 hp. It was constructed for a private customer by Aston Martin’s Q Division (think James Bond’s gadget couturier) and no price has been mentioned but the One-77 cost s10全球总决赛竞猜$1.87 million and the development costs were spread over 77 units. This is much more powerful than the One-77, has a one-off carbon body and all the development costs went on the bill. Maybe not as expensive as Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire but ...
The Aston Martin Victor made its debut at Concours of Elegance, alongside the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer. Under a car fundamentally constructed of carbon fiber is a naturally-aspirated 7.3-litre V12 producing 836 hp. It was constructed for a private customer by Aston Martin’s Q Division (think James Bond’s gadget couturier) and no price has been mentioned but the One-77 cost s10全球总决赛竞猜$1.87 million and the development costs were spread over 77 units. This is much more powerful than the One-77, has a one-off carbon body and all the development costs went on the bill. Maybe not as expensive as Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire but ...

It's hard to see anything but blue sky in Aston Martin’s future now that it will be effectively controlled by Canadian , who brings with him the Racing Point Formula One team, a deep passion for sports cars (he owns an extensive Ferrari collection and featured in our Ferrari 250 GTO owners parade in 2018), and a track record for rebuilding brands and making them very valuable. Stroll’s son Lance was already a driver in Formula One when Stroll Senior purchased the F1 team, and it is expected that the family’s high energy and passion for automotive performance will significantly invigorate the company’s future product plans.

s10全球总决赛竞猜One thing Lance, please give some thought to the Aston Martin collector car owners when deciding on continuation model production.

116 Years and twice across the Atlantic

The winner of the “Pre-1915” category at this year’s 2020 Concours of Elegance was this 1904 Fiat Type 24/32
The winner of the “Pre-1915” category at this year’s 2020 Concours of Elegance was this 1904 Fiat Type 24/32

The winner of the “Pre-1915” category at this year’s 2020 Concours of Elegance was this 1904 Fiat Type 24/32, which has a wonderful history – journeying from its birth land in Italy to Cape Cod and across the United States of America before settling in Northern Europe. The car was originally purchased by an American couple to use on their honeymoon in Italy, being taken home to Cape Cod and when no-one wanted to buy the 28-year-old car in 1932, it was interred in the grounds of their Cape Cod estate.

The legend of the "buried car" grew and in 1942 Ted Robertson, co-founder of the s10全球总决赛竞猜 Vintage Sports Car Club, was given permission to exhume the Fiat. Remarkably, it had survived its decade underground quite well and it was sold “as is” for $50. It has subsequently been exchanged between enthusiasts many times, including four decades in storage in Milwaukee, a restoration in the early 1990s and a return to Europe in 2007.

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Nelson Hyde Chick
Toys for the wealthy as the poor masses are left to rot.
Catweazle
A gorgeous collection of automotive excellence, the Maserati is especially delectable, as is the Bentley.