Written by Andre James
Originally scheduled for June 10th-11th, the London Concours, established in 2017 and presented by Montres Breguet, will now take place on August 19th-20th on the idyllic lawns of the capital's Honourable Artillery Company Gardens.
On display within the confines of the most luxurious lawn in the square mile will be more than 100 hand-picked and privately owned rare cars. The event's flagship feature for 2020 will be a uniquely colorful collection of eight examples of one of the finest handling Ferraris ever: the Dino. A 'Speed of Sand' celebration will pay homage to the world of pre-1949 American Hot Rods. The 'Lost Marques Display' will examine the creations of now- defunct manufacturers, including the Jensen C-V8 and the Unipower GT, among others.
As well as the automotive displays, visitors to this automotive summer garden party will be able to browse several other luxury attractions, including the world-class watches of Montres Breguet, fine art, and top-end food and drink offerings developed in partnership with Searcys and Veuve Clicquot champagne. A purveyor of top-notch culinary experiences and events since 1847, Searcys will serve VIP hospitality guests a three-course lunch menu inspired by the finest British seasonal ingredients.
"There is unequivocally nothing else like London Concours; this award-winning luxury automotive event provides a totally unique experience within London's Square Mile for entertaining your friends, colleagues, or business associates amongst a selection of the finest cars ever built," said Andrew Evans, Director of the London Concours.
Later in 2020, the 15th edition of Salon Privé will take place on the lawns of Blenheim Palace from September 23rd to the 26th, three weeks later than initially scheduled. To meet the UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy, the event will be limiting the number of guests each day and implementing social distancing rules. "The beauty of Salon Privé lies in its size and intimacy, and in that respect, the show can go on," said Andrew Bagley, Chairman of the event.
Salon Privé continues to attract a growing portfolio of world- renowned luxury and lifestyle brands, with a record number of new cars debuting here in 2019, including Bentley and Rolls-Royce presenting new models for the first time in Europe.
The event will open with the Salon Privé Concours d'Elegance, where the world's most significant classic cars and motorbikes vie for recognition on the award stand. Hats share the stage with horsepower during Boodles Ladies Day, during which the 'Best Hat' competition gets equal billing with the announcement of the Concours' Best of Show' award. On the third day, the Concours show field is cleared and replaced with an entirely new collection of show-stopping automobiles. Open to the public on the fourth day, the lawns of Blenheim are blanketed with more than 1,000 vehicles both classic and current.
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