Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance 2016, Guest Post by Ian Skelton

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Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance 2016. 60 of the rarest cars from around the world were on display within the castle Quadrangle. Quite simply the most stunning setting for a car show I can imagine.

The 3 day event begins on Friday with the ‘Grand Arrival’ as these fantastic cars drive up the Long Walk to take their place inside the castle quadrangle. Sadly I was not able to attend this opening day. To stand under the arch of George IV Gate, looking down the Long Walk & watch these incredible cars make their way up the hill must have been amazing.

Saturday

I arrived in good time on Saturday morning, to clear media accreditation & make my way into the castle. Down the Long Walk I could see cars from the Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls-Royce owners’ clubs, parked either side of the road on public display.

The road way from the entrance at Cambridge Gate to the castle was lined by stunning cars both old & new. Some looking a little sorry like the rusted chassis, now all that was left of a car from the first British Grand Prix in 1926. To very new cutting edge technology of the carbon fibre festooned ‘1 off’ Pagani Zonda 760VR.

Once inside the castle quadrangle it was hard to know which way to look first. The most amazing collection of cars I have ever set eyes on. The Nikons were soon out of their bags & I was in my element for a few hours.

Unfortunately the first rain we have had in weeks decided today was the day to arrive. These precious old automobiles were soon finding their hoods going up & the odd cover going on. I decided to adjourn for the day to a coffee shop for shelter & an espresso…tomorrow was forecasting drier times!!

Sunday

As promised the rain had gone, sadly the lovely blue & fluffy clouded sky was replaced by a grey one….but we can’t have everything.

The cars were uncovered & looking wonderful again. I find myself drawn to the much older cars, their chrome & brass lure me in. Also I love that wear & crazing from miles on those old leather seats. There’s a smell to these old cars too… somebody needs to invent Smellography !!

Sunday concludes with the sight & the incredible sound of those 60 classic engines firing up before making their way back down the spectacular Long Walk. The road is lined by hundreds & hundreds of people to watch them leave. The look on some of the driver’s & their passenger’s faces said it all….what an absolute privilege to drive down a road reserved usually for the Queen!

I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I thought I would. Quite simply I was enjoying looking at them too much!!! I shall just have to do it all again next time Concours of Elegance comes to Windsor.

Please enjoy a collection of photos from the event in Photo Galleries.

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