Visitors to the 2016 Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance, held from 2-4 September, will see four of the remaining 1926 British Grand Prix cars in one place. In a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, the historic racing cars will be joined by a British car from each decade of Her Majesty’s life.
Organised by the Royal Automobile Club, the first British Grand Prix took place at Brooklands Motor Circuit, Surrey, in the year of Her Majesty The Queen’s birth, 1926. A total of 11 cars took part, with just three finishing the race, and Concours of Elegance 2016 will mark the first time that this many competitors have gathered since the race 90 years ago.
The 2016 Windsor Castle Concours is a special opportunity to see where top-level British motorsport began, as four of the original racing cars line-up in the grounds of Windsor Castle in September; among them a Delage 155B, Talbot 700, Thomas Special and Halford Special. Each carries an incredible racing story, like that of the Delage, which was making frequent stops to avoid causing serious burns to the drivers’ feet.
Concours of Elegance 2016 will also be gathering 10 of the most revolutionary British cars from Her Majesty The Queen’s life — one from each decade. Running from the Bentley 3-Litre of the 1920s, through the Land Rover Series I, the Mini and the McLaren F1, the feature will showcase Britain’s pivotal role in the motor industry.
These features are just a part of the 2016 Windsor Castle Concours which will showcase sixty motor cars. The full list of those sixty, which will be hosted in Windsor’s Quadrangle, will include a one-off art deco masterpiece, the 1937 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia, and an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato, a car which dominated motorsport events of its day.
Concours of Elegance 2016 will also feature a free-to-view area, consisting of more than 800 models from the UK’s best car clubs, including the Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Jaguar and Bentley owners’ clubs.
For further information, visit Concours of Elegance UK.
[Source: Concours of Elegance]