The Chantilly Arts and Elegance Concours d’Elegance 2015 was held 5-6 September in France on the grounds of the Domaine de Chantilly, located in the town of Chantilly between Calais and Paris. The second annual event again celebrated the return of the Concours d’Elegance to France, a national tradition dating from the 1920s. Held in Le Notre gardens in the Chateau in Chantilly, the Peter Auto-organised Concours confirmed the success of last year’s event, as the event welcomed 13,500 visitors, a 35 percent increase compared to the first running in 2014.
Similar to last year’s event, the Chantilly Concours d’Elegance 2015 consisted of three judged events – a Concours d’Etat for classic cars, a modern car Concours d’Elegance and a competition for the invited car clubs on the quality of their presentation, the diversity and the originality of the models presented. The weekend also included a rally through the scenic Chantilly and Selis countryside.
Displayed in the heart of the Chantilly gardens, the Concours brought together 100 exceptional cars divided into ten classes, each showing their curves amid the castle’s flowerbeds. Best of Show at the 2015 Chantilly Concours d’Elegance was awarded to the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster of Everett Louwman. According to the Louwman Museum, this is one of 25 luxuriously finished ‘Spezial’ Roadsters manufactured out of a total of 350 type 500Ks. This car was delivered to a successful London shipping insurer in 1936, while in the 1950s it was acquired by a butcher from Walsall. He used the car regularly but in 1956 he stored it in his barn, where it was rediscovered some 30 years later. Car enthusiasts consequently refer to it as ‘the butcher’s car’. At the end of the 1980s the car was sold at auction to a Swedish collector, who had the car restored in Germany. The car won first prize in its class at Pebble Beach in 1994, and in 2006 it won the Briggs Cunningham Trophy, also at Pebble Beach.
Other notable awards included the 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R winning the Best Concept Car and the Prix FIVA award went to the 1939 Bugatti Type 57C of the Keller Collection.
Peter Auto Founder Patrick Peter said, “After a successful first event we focused on improving the details from last year that needed to be fine tuned so that we could present an event in 2015 that was even better organised. Even greater care was invested in the presentation and it went off without a hitch. The Aga Khan Foundation (for the preservation and development of the Chantilly domain) was a great help to us in putting on the second event. I’m happy to see that numerous collectors, in particular from abroad, came to visit us and I’m satisfied with the jury’s decisions this year concerning the cars to which prizes were awarded. In my opinion the Best of Show that went to Mr. Evert Louwman’s (the Louwman Museum) Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster and the 1st prize in the Concours d’Elegance rewarding the BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R were totally justified. We’re going to continue in the same vein by giving pride of place to quality. I look forward to seeing you all in 2016 for the third Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.”
Similar to 2014, Sports Car Digest also documented the Chantilly Concours d’Elegance 2015, with Senior Photographer Julien Mahiels offering the following great pictures showing the serene setting at Domaine de Chantilly. We split up Julien’s photos into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and award winners can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Julien, visit julienmahiels.net.
Chantilly Concours d’Elegance 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery
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