London Concours 2018

Keith Bluemel Words by Keith Bluemel

The second running of the London Concours, with a change of name from the City Concours, took place in the hidden green oasis of the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London, on 07-08 June. As an aside, the Honourable Artillery Company is not only the oldest regiment in the British Army, but also a charity that was incorporated in 1537.

“Sonic Boom”—Pretty 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
“Green With Envy?”—British-built Eadon Green Zeclat has carbon fiber body based on the Corvette C7 with its 6.2L V8

The event enjoyed fine warm weather, albeit overcast on the Thursday, but bathed in brilliant sunshine on the Friday, which seemed to swell the attendance from last year when the weather was more inclement. This year the concours comprised of six classes – Fast, Faster, Very Fast, Superfast, Hyperfast and Era Defining, encompassing a total of 52 cars, which was lower than last year.

“Cease And Assist”—RAC’s BMW Isetta Road Service micro-car may have come in handy when your car broke down and needed a cold towel and a sandwich
“Goodbye Blue Sky”—gorgeous LaFerrari of Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason

However, this year there was a Royal Automobile Club display, a Global Endurance Legends display, and there were both an Evo Supercar paddock display and a general paddock display for cars that didn’t make it into the main concours, plus the dealer display cars, so there were still a similar number of cars on show.

Beautiful condition Alpine A110
Resurrected TVR Griffith runs on Cosworth V8 and was penned by Gordon Murray

Amongst the trade displays were Alpine, who had the new A110 inspired model on display along with an original example, Eadon Green with their Corvette C7 based Zeclat, and TVR showing heritage models and the new Griffith. Apart from “purveyors of fine automobiles” there were also lifestyle pavilions with a variety of offerings to tempt visitors.

“Beastie Boy”—1911 Fiat S76 “Beast of Turin” took the event’s Best of Show
The Alfa Romeo Giulia SS was so immaculate that it won the "Fast" Class

As an example, the “Very Fast” class spanned from the mighty 28.5 litre, 4 cylinder, 1911 Fiat S76 “Beast of Turin” to a 2010 Porsche 911 SC, with the former not only winning its class, but also taking the Best of Show award. The “Era Defining” class encompassed an even greater age span, from a 1898 Panhard Levassor “Paris-Amsterdam-Paris Racing Car” to a 1995 Mclaren F1. Amongst the visitors to the show was the well known “Motoring Royal”, HRH Prince Michael of Kent. It was certainly a good event for Italian cars, as apart from the Best of Show award, they won five out of the six classes.

All Photos by Keith Bluemel

“Faster Still”— 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter Vignale Coupé s/n 0237EU sporting the number and Milan plates when it placed first at the 1953 Coppa InterEuropa at Monza
Hyperfast Class went to none other than the ex-Rob Walker Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione "SEFAC Hot Rod" that was once driven by a certain "S.Moss"

Class Winners

Fast Class – 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS

Faster Class – 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter Vignale Coupé

Very Fast Class – 1911 Fiat S76 “Beast of Turin”

Superfast Class – 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago

Hyperfast Class – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Comp’ Berlinetta

Era Defining Class – 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Series 1

Overall Best of Show Award – 1911 Fiat S76 “Beast of Turin”

The Aston Martin Lagonda V8 Vantage Series 1 from 1977 was "Era Defining"