04/08/2011 The ‘Concours d’Elegance’ at London’s Hurlingham Club, 27 – 29 July 2011
Fine classic cars returned to Fulham, South West London last month when The Hurlingham Club hosted a three-day celebration of beautiful things automotive, aeronautic and aquatic.
The members-only (with a waiting list of eight years) club set on the banks of the Thames was the setting for the Louis Vuitton concours in the 1990s and, more recently, Salon Privé. With the latter moving to a new venue at Syon Park, it was felt that a luxury event right in the heart of London was viable, and so ‘Concours d’Elegance’ was born, with everything well-organised by stalwarts of the London car scene Jonny Dodge and Michael Scott.
Separate lawns for supercars and yachts, together with powerboats on the river and even an ‘Aviation Lawn’ gave visitors something to mull over while enjoying high-standard hospitality.
There were new cars from Arash, Aston Martin, Morgan, Caterham and Ariel, while boating enthusiasts could pore over designs from Sunseeker and Linley Swan. And though the WW2 Supermarine Spitfire might have been a well-executed glassfibre replica, the adjacent Eurocopter EC135 by luxury brand Hermès was very real indeed, and had been flown in especially for the event.
On the concours field the standard was high. ‘Best in Show’ went to the Jaguar XK140 of James Hull, although with entries such as Gary Snell’s Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS and Paul Lanzante’s 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II, it must have been a hard decision for the judges.
The event finished on Friday evening with a celebrity-packed party which carried on until the early hours.