The Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance will be staged September 7-9, 2012, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. With full permission of Her Majesty The Queen, the event will take place within the inner courtyard inside the walls of Windsor Castle.
Several significant cars will be making their public ‘debut’ at the Concours, headlined by the 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 LM Spyder (1934 Le Mans Winner) No.9 as driven by Philippe ‘Phi Phi’ Étancelin and Luigi Chinetti. This car has not been seen in public for 50 years.
It is one of four Alfa 8C’s coming, along with a 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider; a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Corto Touring Spider; and a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. Each of these 8C’s is totally unique and unlike each other.
Also debuting at the 2012 Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance is a 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Corsica: this British coachbuilt car, coming from Germany, was originally black and lived in the UK. The owner, on hearing his car had been accepted for the Windsor Castle Concours, decided to return it to its original black having been white for a number of years.
And last, but by no means least, The Prince of Wales’ 1969 Aston Martin Volante DB6 MKII will take to the stage. Last seen leaving The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding reception last year, this famous car is one of the rarest and most sought-after Aston Martins; only a handful of these desirable convertibles were ever made.
Also on display will be three former Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance “Best of Show’ winners, including at 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupé (Best of Show 2006),
1933 Delage D8S de Villars Roadster (Best of Show 2010) and the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta (Best of Show 2008).
The Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance is much more than just a display of rare historic cars. It’s an event where classic car owners can truly be part of the show too.
Nearly all of the cars in the Concours are being driven into the Castle by their owners on the opening day – Friday, September 7. In addition, 60 cars will arrive on the Royal Automobile Club’s “Best of British” Tour on Saturday, September 8; and a further 60 cars – one from each year of HM The Queen’s reign – are coming as part of the Octane Jubilee Tour on Sunday, September 9.
And if that wasn’t enough, numerous Owners’ Clubs are planning to bring their top 60 examples too. Everyone from Aston Martin to Bentley, Jaguar to Ferrari will be joining the party with special displays along the Castle’s Long Walk.
Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance 2012 – Entrant List
1896 Panhard-Levassor 6 hp Private Omnibus
1904 Lenawee rear-entrance Touring Tonneau
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer
1914 Sunbeam TT
1923 Vauxhall 30-98 Type OE Wensum Tourer
1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupé
1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Corsica
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Barker Tourer
1930 Bentley Speed Six Gurney-Nutting
1930 Bentley 8 Litre
1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale ‘Kellner’ Coupé
1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged ‘Blower Bentley
1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupé
1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider
1932 Cadillac V-16 Fisher Convertible Coupé
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Gurney Nutting Sedanca Drophead Coupé
1933 Delage D8S de Villars Roadster
1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly Berline by Murphy
1934 Avions-Voisin C-25 Aérodyne
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 ‘Le Mans Winner’
1935 Frazer Nash Twin Supercharged ‘Shelsley’
1935 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet
1935 Squire 1500 Markham Roadster Short Chassis ‘Skimpy’
1936 Mercedes-Benz 500k Spezial Roadster
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide
1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Vesters & Neirinck Fixed Head Coupé
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Corto Touring Spider
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
1938 Delahaye V12 Type 145
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Embiricos Pourtout Coupé
1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale ‘Teardrop’ Coupé Figoni et Falaschi
1939 SS100 Two-Seater Sports
1939 AC 16/90
1947 Bristol 400 Farina Drophead
1950 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta
1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
1953 Jaguar XK120 ‘C Type’
1954 Maserati A6GCS Pininfarina Berlinetta
1954 Austin-Healey ‘Works’ 100S
1954 Lancia Aurelia B24 Pininfarina Spider
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé ‘Gullwing’
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
1956 Ferrari 290 MM Scaglietti Spider
1956 Aston Martin DB3S/9
1957 Aston Martin DBR1/2
1957 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato Berlinetta
1957 Jaguar XKSS
1957 BMW 507
1958 Bentley Continental S Type H J Mulliner
1958 Ferrari 250 TR58 Scaglietti
1959 Maserati Tipo 60 ‘Birdcage’
1961 Jaguar E-Type Roadster ‘77 RW’
1963 AC Cobra 289
1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Series 1
1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Berlinetta
1967 Ferrari 330 P4 Spider
1968 Ford GT40 MK3
1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
The Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance will be organised by Thorough Events Ltd. For more information, visit concoursofelegance.com.
[Source: Windsor Castle Concours]