The capital’s leading automotive garden party – the London Concours – returns to the idyllic lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company from 5-6 June, displaying around 100 motoring greats in 10 distinct classes and features. But while the automotive artworks are the focal point, London Concours is the ultimate luxury destination, featuring champagne by Veuve Clicquot, food by Mark Hix and a number of pop-up boutiques from some of the world’s finest artisans.
Before delving into the content, it’s worth spending a bit of time focusing on the venue. The Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters is located right in the heart of the City of London; a stone’s throw from Bank, Monument and Barbican – not that you’d know it. As soon as you step through the historic gates, the five-acre oasis of green within presents itself; a haven from the hustle and bustle of the streets, and a space known informally as the world’s second most valuable cricket pitch.
Only on these two days of the year – 5-6 June – is the HAC transformed into an automotive paradise, gathering a collection of privately owned cars, the likes of which has never been seen before in the City.
Guests can explore ‘The Icons’; a collection of vehicles that came to represent their generation; think ‘90s and it’ll be the McLaren F1 or think ‘60s and it’ll be the Aston Martin DB5. Whether it’s through ripping up the rulebook, finding fame on the silver screen or being the poster car for a whole generation of buyers, each car in this class has established itself as a verified automotive icon.
Or dwell on ‘The Innovators’, bringing together cars that blazed a trail with new technology both on the race track and on the road. Expect to see the first ground effect Formula One cars and innovators like the Bugatti EB110; the first road car to use carbon fibre monocoque.
Also featuring at the London Concours will be a display of ‘The Outlaws’; classic modified cars that are part of a recent global phenomenon spearheaded by the likes of Rod Emory, and the ‘Lost Marques’. These cars are an homage to some of the greatest automotive manufacturers lost to time; Alvis, Panhard, Frazer-Nash, Bizzarrini and more.
A number of special motoring features will also be taking place at London Concours, including a colourful display of Lamborghini Miuras. Fifty years on from its starring role in the opening scene of The Italian Job, London Concours will celebrate the Miura with a collection of eight variants, each in a different, lurid shade. There’s no better way to pay homage to the car many consider to be the world’s first ‘supercar’. Last year’s London Concours winner, the ferocious ‘Beast of Turin’, will be pride of place on a rotating turntable, courtesy of Spin-it.
As well as the automotive displays, visitors will be able to browse a number of other luxury attractions, including the world-class watches of Montres Breguet, fine displays of art and a number of top-end food and drink offerings. The on-site 300 cover restaurant this year is in collaboration with Mark Hix, known as HIX – London Concours, bringing the event’s ‘automotive garden party’ atmosphere to life more than ever.
The London Concours 2019 takes place from 5-6 June. Tickets are available to buy now from: www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets
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