Last month saw us head off to the Road Racing Capital of the World for the Annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Man TT Road Races 2019.The event is steeped in a rich history of all things motorcycling after all the event is over 100 Years Old. The event is split up into one week of practice and qualifying and one week of racing. We arrived with the intention of spending the full two weeks on the Island however mother nature got the better of us with constant rain and mist, after 10 days of waiting with just one days practice and another one and a half days of racing we decided to fly back to London and attend the 3rd Annual London Car Concourse.
Since its inception in 2017, London Concourse is rapidly establishing itself as a premium motoring event in London’s Calendar. There were going to be more than 70 specially curated cars from private owners all on display.
The event was been held slap bang in the middle of London in the luxurious gardens of the Honourable Artillery Company. The Artillery Company is a charity incorporated in 1537 and have over 2500 members, many of whom were active in the Oldest Regiment of the British Army.
The main concours event classes included ‘The Icons’, ‘The Innovators’, ‘Great Marques – Ferrari, ‘Great Marques – Jaguar’ and ‘The Outlaws’. Each of the classes were packed with rarities.
No one could deny that Mario Andretti’s 1978 Lotus 79, the very first ground-effect car to win the Formula 1 World Championship, was not one of automotive history’s most innovative cars.
The silver Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, a supercar that was years ahead of its time and, if rumours are to be believed, will garner a wave of renewed interest in the coming months.
It was the first carbon-fibre Monocoque road car in 1993.
Outside of the main concours event, there were plenty of other cars on display. A special feature celebrated the Lamborghini Miura’s show-stealing appearance in the opening scene of The Italian Job, with a gathering of seven examples. On the lawns of the HAC, guests were able to see the full spectrum of the Miura line-up, including P400S, SV and Jota models.
Best of Show at the 2019 London Concours was awarded to a well-preserved Jaguar C-Type. This particular C-Type has played its role within Jaguar’s racing heritage, appearing in the Monaco Grand Prix, driven by Tommy Wisdom, and later Stirling Moss who drove it for much of his 1952 season. It was presented at the London Concours in its original livery from the 1953 Mille Miglia.
It’s rare to see such a diverse and desirable collection of cars first-hand anywhere on this planet, let alone in the capital of London in the middle of the week, so make a note in your diary this is definitely and event to visit next year.