We are delighted to announce that the hugely popular Footman James Concours d’Elegance will return once again to the Chateau Impney Hill Climb.
But what is a Concours d’Elegance?
Concours d'Elegance is a term of French origin that means a "competition of elegance" and refers to an event where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged. It dates to 17th-century France, where aristocrats paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competition among vehicle owners. The concours d'elegance is not a contest of speed, but of elegance. Automobiles are judged for their style and technical merit, as well as their history, their originality and the accuracy of their preservation or restoration—and the best garner reward and recognition.
Today Concours d'Elegance’s can be found at many motorsport events and as standalone events around the globe. The oldest running Concours d'Elegance is the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, which is held at Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Italy. This prestigious event has the atmosphere catwalk fashion show rather than a car show, with 50 of the world’s rarest vehicles from 1920 to 1980 taking to the red carpet to be scrutinised and judged by a panel of experts.
The Chateau Impney Hill Climb is a far more relaxed event than you might find at other events as we like our guests to experience and to participate as much as possible. Due to this the Footman James Concours d'Elegance is very much open to the public and it’s judging panel is made up from experts from within automotive industry, special guests (to be announced) and you, the event attendees.
This inclusive approach does not mean that the cars on show are less prestigious than you will find elsewhere. Footman James are a market leader in Classic Car Insurance and their impressive client list enables them to access a treasure trove of vehicle’s many of which could go unseen by the public eye for decades. With only 10 cars making up the Concours, taking part is an invite only affair, these have been sent to a selected few owners with some of the most majestic machines in the UK.
Through the Ages
The Chateau Impney Hill Climb strives to be a celebration of all things on four wheels with competing machines from the 1900’s up to the present day. Footman James were keen to see this breadth competing on the stage as well as on the course and therefore decided to set the 2019 Concours d'Elegance theme as Through the Ages.
The Footman James Concours d'Elegance will feature two exquisite examples from 4 distinctive time periods, pre - 1925, 1926 – 1950, 1951 – 1975 and 1976 to the present. This is the broadest theme we have ever hosted at the Concours and means that almost any automobile in existence could be on display. One thing we can assure you of, is that they will all be beautiful, interesting, rare and priceless to their owners.
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The Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2018 will be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, you can buy your tickets here.