95 cars, one from each year, to celebrate Her Majesty’s 95th
Event set for September at Hampton Court Palace
It’s truly a car show fit for the Queen. To celebrate Her Majesty’s 95th birthday, the Concours of Elegance, held annually at Hampton Court Palace, will this year have a display of 95 vehicles, one for every year of the Queen’s life.
The display started in 2012 to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee, 60 years since her ascent to the throne and has continued each year since. This year the showcase is set to show off the evolution of the British motor industry, starting with a 1926 Bentley 4 1/2 litre, the car that won at Le Mans in 1928. A full list of cars attending hasn’t yet been revealed, but as this is one of the most prestigious shows in the world, we expect a serious turnout.
Other cars that have been shown off in the initial post include a Jaguar XK120 built in 1952 that was run in amateur motorsport from new, a Lotus Esprit Turbo from 1985 that is one of the most original such cars around, and a 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato coupe.
The show is set to take place September 3-6 in Hampton Court Palace, built in 1515 and located upstream of central London on the River Thames, it the palace is still owned by the Crown. The first running of the show was in 2021 at Windsor Castle, though it moved to its current location in 2017. Uniquely for such a major show, winning vehicles aren’t picked by a panel of judges, but instead each participant votes on the other cars they deem worthy of Best of Show.