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Concours History

The origins of Concours d' Elegance are said to date back to the late 1800's at the very dawn of motoring itself. At this time such events were strictly for the social elite. Not only was the car judged, but the driver and family too! Even the accessories, from picnic outfits to clothing, matched or complemented each other and the car.

Although most Concours events today are centred around classic cars, originally all the cars on show would be brand new or no more than a few years old. It really was a competition for the best presented car, no matter what it's age. Indeed, it was common for wealthy European owners to take delivery of their brand new car from the showroom and then have specialist preparation people detail and enhance the cars appearance before it went on show, often only a matter of days after purchase.

More recently competition has been between older cars and not just restricted to the more exotic variety. Austin, Rolls Royce, Ford and Porsche often share the same Concours enclosure.

There are basically two types of Concours

Full Concours - Here everything on the car is judged, from seat stitching to brake hoses. Cleanliness and originality are keys to a winning car. It truly is exceptional for a car used as everyday transport to win such an event, although sometimes this happens.

Street Concours - Not so serious this one. Often the cars are in regular everyday use and are marked on general appearance. Indeed marks are often deducted for low mileage.

Concours events have seen a steady growth over the last 30 years and competition is as keen as ever.