The London Concours is returning to the Honourable Artillery Company’s garden in the City this summer, following the huge success of last year’s event. The exclusive gathering is designed to appeal to all those with an appreciation of quality and craftsmanship, as well as collectors and all-round car lovers.
The five acres of beautifully presented gardens and manicured lawns – used for cricket from April to September – will host around 80 of the world’s finest classic and performance cars. This year’s theme is speed and all the vehicles, from early 20th century racers to modern hypercars, will be grouped into the following classes: Fast, Faster, Very Fast, Superfast, and Hyperfast.
With breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea being served, and champagne from Taittinger, it earns its reputation as the city’s ‘automotive garden party’, and bespoke hospitality packages for client entertainment can also be organised.
After browsing the motors, visitors can shop at boutiques from the likes of Swiss watch specialist Breguet and art house Collier Dobson, while automotive specialists including Stratstone of Mayfair and Nicholas Mee & Co will be in attendance for those inspired by what’s on show.
All of the cars on display – most of which have been entered by the general public – have been carefully curated by the London Concours Steering Committee – a group of motoring experts from a variety of fields including journalism, finance, law and classic car restoration.
Star cars to see at London Concours 2018
Lamborghini Miura S
Speed factor: described by some as the world’s first supercar
The Lamborghini Miura debuted in 1966. Thanks to its 4.0-litre V12 engine mounted just behind the driver, it easily beat its rival Ferrari to become the fastest car in the world at the time, with a top speed of 170mph.
Lancia Aurelia B20 GT ‘Outlaw’
Speed factor: over 125mph.
A bespoke creation by specialist Thornley Kelham Ltd, this 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT ‘Outlaw’ is the result of over 5,000 hours of restoration and customisation, including a lowered roofline and 2.6-litre fuel-injected V6
Speed factor: 150 mph.
Boasting 420hp, the Shelby GT500 was the ultimate incarnation of the original Ford Mustang. This very special example was tuned up to 750hp by its original owner when it was imported to the UK in 1970.
Aston Martin One-77
Speed factor: can hit a speed of 220mph.
Only 77 of this model were ever built, making it one of the rarest Aston Martins ever produced. Its 7.3-litre V12 engine justifies its price tag of just over £1m when new.
Speed factor: Top speed 200mph+
The Murcielago was the first new model from Lamborghini under Audi ownership, but it still had the character of an Italian supercar. Wild looks were paired with a raucous 6.2-litre V12 engine for a top speed of more than 200mph.
Jaguar XK120 OTS
Speed factor: the fastest car of its day
The Jaguar XK120 OTS was where Jaguar’s sports car history began. It set 24-hour and seven-day, seven-night speed records of more than 100 mph.
Your exclusive reader discount code for London Concours 2018
Use the discount code RWMGVIP to enjoy £10 off your entry ticket.
London Concours, 7-8 June 2018, www.londonconcours.co.uk