This year’s Concours of Elegance at the Palace of Holyrood House has been hailed as another success as the capital played host to one of the most exciting events in the automotive calendar. Along with the beautiful September sunshine the Palace hosted an array of stunning cars from around the world, and also raised more than £150,000 for charity in the process.
The three day event which was hosted by HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Sir Jackie Stewart kicked off last week with the Concours of Elegance Highland Tour which saw 50 cars drive through the scenic Scottish countryside. Next up was the inductees into the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame in association with The Bridge of Weir Leather Company. The first to be inducted into the hall of fame was Jaguar designer Ian Callum who was born in Dumfries in 1954. Next to be inaugurated was Scotland greatest ever Formula 1 driver Sir Jackie Stewart. Stewart who was born in Milton, West Dunbartonshire in 1939 was nicknamed the flying Scot for his treble Formula 1 world championship wins. Finally the late Jim Clark from Fife was inducted into the hall of fame. Clark won two Formula 1 World Championships in 1963 & 1965 before his tragic death at the Hockenheim Grand Prix in Germany in 1968.
Sir Jackie Stewart with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
The biggest event of the weekend was the main Concours in which 60 spectacular cars went on display before one was awarded the Best in Show. This year’s winner was a 1903 Mercedes Simplex 60HP owned by Anke Ruckworth. The Simplex was praised for its incredible engineering which allows it to hit speeds of 80mph. On Saturday the Club Trophy was awarded to a Jaguar SS1 and on Sunday the Bentley Trophy was given to a privately owned Continental R.
Best in Show. - the Mercedes Simplex 60HP
Thousands of people attended the three day event including special guests such as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and British IndyCar Champion Dario Franchetti. The event also raised money for its chosen charities the 2015 Action on Addiction, Walking With the Wounded and Springfield Motor Racing’s Club for Young People.
Next year’s Concours of Elegance planning is already under way with the 2016 event set to one of the biggest ever as the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday.