Celebrate the French art of living at the 2016 Chantilly Arts & Elegance

A lavish garden party celebrating the best of both automotive history and French culture, the Chantilly Arts & Elegance – held at the sensational Château de Chantilly and focused around three distinct automotive competitions – has proved a worthy addition to the classic calendar…

Style and substance

Three automotive contests take centre stage at the Peter Auto and Richard Mille-organised Chantilly Arts & Elegance – a Concours d’Elegance in the most traditional, French sense, for current concept cars and prototypes, the Grand Prix des Clubs, for the best ‘Lunch on the Grass’ themed display in the fabulous Le Nôtre-designed gardens, and the Concours d’Etat, a beauty pageant for the most beautiful cars in the world. The latter comprises 21 small classes, from a celebration of Zagato’s finest creations to a ‘Tribute to the Pozzi Racing Team’. We particularly like the look of the class honouring Jean Todt’s outstanding 50-year career, including a number of Group B Peugeots from his days at the helm of Talbot Sport and, of course, several scarlet Ferrari Formula 1 cars from his successful reign at the Scuderia. 

Located just 45km from Paris, the magnificent Domaine de Chantilly is a French heritage jewel, and the quintessential setting in which to celebrate not just automotive history, but French arts, gastronomy and champagne. Non-car related activities include workshops for young artists, free access to the Château (and a preview of the Grand Condé Exhibition at the Jeu de Paume), a cavalry band of the French Republican Guard and live classical music. Pack your picnic basket and prepare to revel in the French art of living at Chantilly this Sunday. 

Photos: Peter Auto

You can find all our 2016 Chantilly Arts & Elegance coverage, kindly supported by Richard Mille, in our regularly updated overview