Concours of Elegance 2013 – St James’s Concours of Elegance

by Sasha Wilkins on September 7, 2013 · 6 comments

st james's concours elegance

I’ll take two, please.

After Thursday’s 29C heat, we could have been forgiven for thinking Friday would be sultry and hot. Unfortunately not. Emily and I splished and splashed our down St James’s to Marlborough House, to attend the second day of The St James’s Concours of Elegance in the gardens of Marlborough House.

st james's concours elegance

Marlborough House is a 300 year-old Royal Palace designed by Sir Christopher Wren with a large high-walled garden set to lawn. (Apart from nearby Buckingham Palace, it is one of the largest gardens in Central London.) It’s a glorious setting in which to see sixty concours standard classic cars.

st james's concours elegance

Concours d’Elégance date from 17th Century France where the aristocracy paraded their highly ornate horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. In time, the carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competitive ‘beauty pageant’ for automobile owners.

st james's concours elegance

The success of a concours ultimately comes down to the excellence of the cars entered. The rarer and more significant the examples on show, the better the concours. A car’s history and provenance will not only make it more collectable but also make it more exciting to see on show.

st james's concours elegance

In reality a concours is an exhibition of priceless art. Automotive sculptures that stand as a lasting testament to the brilliance of pioneering engineers, innovative designers and skilled coachbuilders.

st james's concours elegance

If you are in London today, Saturday 7th September, the Concours is open to the public from 9.30am – 5.00pm.  Attendees will be able to see the arrival of The Royal Automobile Club’s “Spirit of Motoring Tour”, and the arrival of 50 Lamborghinis in a Time-Line representing the 50th anniversary of the marque’s production. At 5pm, the ‘Grand Depart’ will take place, when all the cars will leave St James’s in convoy.

st james's concours elegance


st james's concours elegance

st james's concours elegance

st james's concours elegance

st james's concours elegance

st james's concours elegance

st james's concours elegance

st james's concours elegance

st james's concours elegance

st james's concours elegance

And then we splashed our way home in the rain, past St James’s Palace.

st james's concours elegance

www.concoursofelegance.co.uk

Dress: Boden Boulevard Tunic Dress in Gunpowder Dalmatian (c/o)
Handbag: LK Bennett Rosamund Leather Medium Bag (c/o)
Shoes: Whistles Nico Low Block (c/o)
Umbrella: Pagoda

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Kat September 7, 2013 at 11:08

Ah, the ever so predictable English weather. Beautiful cars though – something to add the Christmas wish-list ;)

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LLG September 8, 2013 at 23:11

@Kat: I can’t believe there was so much rain! But it din’t dull the beauty of the cars. LLGxx

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Nancy Hardy September 8, 2013 at 02:04

Wow! Amazing event in a venue I’ve always wanted to see. I gather Queen Mary used this garden in fine weather when she was in residence. Wonder what she would have thought of the car show?

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LLG September 8, 2013 at 23:13

@Nancy Hardy: And she was the last Royal to live there: after her death mid 50s, it was handed over to the Commonwealth Secretariat. LLGxx

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Elita Johns September 8, 2013 at 20:17

WOW – the Boden dress is the one I have just ordered based on your photo :-) I can see that this will be a winter to autumn staple :-) thanks x I am also loving the pink coat featured in the Sunday mags today – hotter pink than the coveted M&S duster coat, but to me somehow more desirable so ordered two sizes to try on at home and will return one. Also loving the Ledbury lace up rIbbon boots with turquoise lining :-) LLG thanks for your insight and advice as always x

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LLG September 8, 2013 at 23:12

@Elita Johns: oh I hope you love it too! AND IT HAS POCKETS! Dream dress! LLGxx

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