Exceptional Historic and Modern Cars
Concours Classes and Cars
The London Concours competition is this year based around one of the key tenets of automotive development and evolution: speed. Our six classes, including ‘Fast presented by Remy Martin’, ‘Faster presented by Azur’ and ‘Very Fast presented by Geely’, have been compiled by our Steering Committee of motoring experts depending on how fast a car is in relation to its contemporaries. The 1911 Fiat S76, for example, isn’t ‘Very Fast’ by modern standards, but as unofficially the fastest car in the world of its day, it earns its place next to the 2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello and 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic. Then we have the ‘Era Defining’ class, presented by the Concours of Elegance. These are the cars that need no introduction – they are simply the quickest and most iconic cars of their day, from the Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’ through to the McLaren F1.
Royal Automobile Club Display
“As one of the world’s oldest motoring organisations – established in 1897 – the Royal Automobile Club is perfectly placed to put on a display of some of the most important vehicles ever created. Given its world-famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, no Royal Automobile Club display would be complete without some pre-1905 cars. Earliest among them is a 1900 Daimler Phaeton – the first model ever driven by British royalty – closely followed by the advanced 1901 Mors Tonneau, produced by now-defunct French manufacturer, Mors. The display moves through the years, taking in the quirky 1960 BMW Isetta, the first mass-production car to ever achieve fuel economy of 3L/ 100km (around 94mpg), before arriving at the newest car in the line-up; the 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. So take a seat and grab a coffee at the Royal Automobile Club Pit Stop, and admire a selection of eight exceptional automotive innovators.”
Global Endurance Legends
For an event to truly call itself a celebration of speed, it must pay homage to the world of top level motorsport. Which is why, at London Concours, we have our very own motorsport grid, complete with a line-up of Global Endurance Racing legends from Porsche, McLaren, Ferrari, Audi and more. You’ll see Le Mans-winning prototypes like the Audi R8 (overall winner in 2000, 2001 and 2002), revealing the stripped-out ethos, aerodynamic genius and pioneering engine technology needed to win one of the world’s hardest races again and again. We’ll also have a line-up of GT-class legends, bearing a resemblance to their roadcar siblings, but pared down to their most hardcore iterations. Among them are the Aston Martin DBR9, Ferrari F40LM, McLaren F1 GTR Longtail and the Porsche 993 GT2.
The London Concours Paddock
The London Concours Paddock brings together a collection of cars that pay homage to the world of modifying and recreations. Take, as a prime example, the 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20GT ‘Outlaw’. A bespoke project by specialists Thornley Kelham, this car is the result of over 5,000 hours of restoration and customisation, transforming a stock Aurelia into a hot rod, including a lowered roofline and 2.6-litre fuel injected V6. One of the world’s most famous tuning companies, RUF, will be represented by the Porsche 911 (997) Turbo with RUF upgrades, which include – most importantly – a power boost to well over 600HP! When it left the factory, the standard car had only 480HP, making the RUF quite a different beast.
The evo Supercar Paddock
While the main London Concours competition is dedicated to speed-machines of all ages, the evo Supercar Paddock is a celebration purely of the latest and most groundbreaking performance cars. Curated by our media partners, evo Magazine, the Supercar Paddock is a who’s who of the world’s most legendary supercar manufacturers, including Aston Martin, McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini. Aston Martin’s breathtaking all-new Vantage will be on display, alongside three other British supercars; the 212mph McLaren 720S and drop-top 570S Spider, and the Lotus Exige Type 25 – one of just 25 to be produced worldwide. You’ll also find the fastest production car to have ever lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and the jaw-droppingly beautiful Ford GT and Lamborghini Aventador S. If you’re interested in the absolute pinnacle of modern performance cars, the evo Supercar Paddock is where you’ll want to be.