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European Concours d'Elegance

The Annual European Concours d’Elegance will again be taking place over the weekend 5th & 6th July 2003 at Schloss Schwetzingen near Heidelberg, Germany with over 150 of the World’s Finest Coach Built Automobiles competing for the top Honour of Best of Show and the European Grand Prix Trophy.

Following last years very successful Event the Organisers this year are introducing two new Classes covering firstly, the History of Jaguar and Daimler and a special New Coachwork Class. The eligibility of the new Coachwork Class is that the Chassis and Mechanicals have to be original and the new Coachwork has to be in the style of the period of the Chassis. We already have some interesting Entries including a past Winner of the similar Class held at Pebble Beach.

12 Individual Classes
the Winners of each will be judged by the Honorary Judging Team to select the Best of Show and the Winner of the European Grand Prix Trophy.

15 Special Awards
Which includes the D.A.V.C. Picnic Award encouraging Owners to display a typical 1930’s period picnic and a Special Haute Couture Trophy for the most glamorous ensemble and the prestigious F.I.V.A. Awards. The full list of these Classes and Awards plus Timetable is on the attached appendix.

Alfa Romeo

European Concours d'Elegance The selected Favoured Marque, with considerable help from the Alfa Romeo Museum at Arese, Italy and the various Alfa Romeo Clubs. Over 30 unique examples of the illustrious History of Alfa Romeo will be presented ranging from the earliest A.L.F.A. models up to the awe inspiring 8C 2900’s covering Pre-War and the unique 6C 2500 Villa d’Este Post War cars up to the late 60’s Giulia’s and BAT cars. Split into two Classes covering Competition and Road cars, it should be one of the greatest displays ever seen covering sixty years of History from 1910 to 1970.

Jaguar und DaimlerEuropean Concours d'Elegance A very special Class covering their Marque Histories from the 1899 Royal Daimler (the first car of King Edward VII) up to the very special Straight Eight Hooper ‘Green Goddess’ cars. The early SS Jaguars from the 1932 SS1 and special examples of all the well known models including Competition cars up to the first production E Type as launched at the 1969 Geneva Motor Show. This unique collection is supported by a special Feature Display from Jaguar Cars own Jaguar Daimler Heritage Collection which will include early Swallows up to the famous Jaguar XJ13 Competition Car and be supported by Jaguar Deutschland with a special Exhibit of their new current range of production models.

Bentley Motors European Concours d'Elegance Last years Favoured Marque a special Class of over 30 Bentley’s covering the very best of Cricklewood, Derby and Crewe built models up to 1970, fully supported by Bentley Motors who will have their current models on display including the new fantastic Bentley GT Coupe making its first public appearance in Germany. Bentley’s own Heritage Collection will be on show including the famous 1930 Tim Birkin LeMans Blower and hopefully the 2003 LeMans winning Team Cars

Meguiar’s Best in the World Trophy
the Best in the World Trophy sponsored by Meguiar’s the famous American Car Care Product Company who have recently celebrated their Centenary. The Organisers are inviting past Best of Show Winners from all the major Concours d’Elegance Events in Europe and America to compete for the ultimate accolade of Best in the World. Where better to hold the World Finals of Concours d’Elegance in the unique Historical surroundings of Schloss Schwetzingen adjacent to the birth place of the original Benz Motor Car in nearby Ladenburg .

Additional Major Attractions

Artists Auto Automotive Art Exhibition.
Over twenty five International Automotive Artists and Sculptors will be exhibiting in the Southern Circle Building of Schloss Schwetzingen.

Special Feature from the Jaguar and Daimler Heritage Collection honouring the life of Sir William Lyons

Specialist Automotive Retailing Areas and selected Classic Car dealers

Two Gala Evenings for Owners and V.I.P. Guests only in the Rokoko Theatre

Schloss Schwetzingen known as the Pearl of the Palatinate is a former Royal Summer Palace and the unique Baroque Style Circular French Gardens of Schloss Schwetzingen form part of the 75 hectares of Palais of Versailles style gardens considered to be one of the finest in Europe, provides the perfect Historical backdrop for presenting the finest examples of the Coachbuilders Art and the History of the Automobile. Schloss Schwetzingen is World renowned for its Classical Music Festivals particularly the two weeks Mozart Festival and is also the recognised World Centre for Asparagus. This is probably the finest venue for a Concours d’Elegance in the World and easily accessible being adjacent to the A5, A6 and A61 Autobahn network and Intercity Rail system and in the centre of the European Union.

Opening Times
Saturday 5th July 1000 hours – 1800 hours
Sunday 6th July 1000 hours – 1800 hours

Admission Charges
Adults 14 €
Children 7 €
Family Ticket 30 €
Special Rates for Automobile Clubs and Groups

For further information contact:
European Concours d’Elegance
Organisers Office
Armsey Farm
Bulmer, Sudbury
Suffolk. CO10 7DX UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1787 466175
Fax: +49 (0) 1787 466185
e-mail: [email protected]

Event Co-Ordinator for Germany:
Uli Aichholz
Mobile & Fax (49) 0171 7952200
e-mail: [email protected]

French Representative:
Laurent Heriou
45 Rue Georges Appay
F-92150 Suresnes
Tel & Fax (33) 01 45 06 20 70
Mobile (33) 0611 90 94 70
e-mail: [email protected]

Text & Fotos: European Concours d’Elegance, Organisers Office