The Chantilly Concours d’Elegance 2016 was held 3-4 September in France on the grounds of the Domaine de Chantilly, located in the town of Chantilly between Calais and Paris. The third annual event celebrated the return of the Concours d’Elegance to France, a national tradition dating from the 1920s.
Held in Le Notre gardens at the Chateau, the Peter Auto-organised Concours again welcomed 13,500 visitors, a stable figure compared to 2015. Organisers said the number would have been higher if the weather — cloudy skies and light rain in the morning — had been as stable as previous years.
The Chantilly Arts and Elegance Concours d’Elegance 2016 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.
The Concours d’Etat brought together 100 cars divided into 21 classes, including Bugatti Grand Prix cars; Tour de France Automobile cars and a Tribute to the Pozzi Racing Team. Best of Show at the 2016 Chantilly Concours d’Etat was awarded to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta with coachwork by Touring belonging to American collector, Jon Shirley.
Four prizes were awarded for the Concours d’Elegance from modern entrants. The Best of Show award went to DS E-TENSE combined with a creation by Eymeric François. The ‘Prix Public’ crowned the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Vision associated with a dress created by Jean-Paul Gaultier. The prize for the motor car and fashion combination for the most beautiful ensemble went to the 570GT by McLaren Special Operations with a model also dressed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. And a special prize was awarded to the new ‘atelier’ motorbike by Zagato, the work of the master coachbuilder from Milan for the Italian manufacturer MV Augusta, which was given its world premier at Chantilly.
Jean Todt, the president of the FIA, also awarded several prizes including the one for the class devoted to him in homage to Fifty years of his career. In it were several cars which he had guided to victory as a co-driver as well as competitions manager at Peugeot and then Ferrari. So he was delighted to award the prize to the Peugeot 504 Rally Group 4 and to Jean Guichet, his driver at the time: they won the 1979 Argentinean rally in this car.
Additionally, forty clubs made the trip to Chantilly with 800 cars that were on show field. They were an integral part of the event and made a large contribution to the success of the big garden party to which the public was invited.
Similar to 2014 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the Chantilly Concours d’Elegance 2016, 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, 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 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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