The Footman James Concours d’Elegance returned to the Chateau Impney Hill Climb once again with another stunning array of cars from through the ages. This year the Concours celebrated the rich history of motorsport in Britain, and the cars invited to enter followed the theme of Best of British. The public were once again able to vote for their favourite car from an iconic British manufacturer, but another new feature for 2018 was the addition of a judge to give their professional opinion.
Concours Winner 2018
The winning marque from the 2018 Footman James Best of British Concours d’Elegance is… Aston Martin!
The two cars representing the marque were an Aston Martin DBS Coupe, and a DB 2/4 MK 1.
The DB 2/4 is a model from 1955, and it was modelled on the DB2. The most obvious changes are a wraparound windscreen, repositioned headlights and larger bumpers. When this model was tested in 1954 by The Motor magazine, the car had a top speed of 118.5mph.
The DB 2/4 is well-known for appearing in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds.
We also had the DBS Coupe competing for your vote to win the Concours d’Elegance this year. This particular model was produced in 2008, and is the same specification as the DBS used in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale, even down to the colour.
Aston Martin reports that the DBS can reach speeds of 183mph and can achieve 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds.