The UK’s already thriving classic car scene will add a new string to its bow on June 8-9 with the inaugural City Concours in the heart of London, at which upwards of 110 blue-chip vehicles will go on display.
The City Concours (£35 per person, or £102 for breakfast in the City, £216 for a special lunch) will take place in the remarkable hidden grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company, a historic five-acre green space that hosted one of the earliest cricket matches, in 1725, as well as England’s first hot air balloon ascent in 1784.
Its line-up will be divided into 11 categories, including Built For Speed, Swinging 60s, American Muscle and Modern Bespoke. The first will feature the D-Type that came second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1957, when Jaguar took five of the first six places. Still wearing the colours of the Ecurie Ecosse team under which it competed, it remains unrestored and evocatively patinated.
Also in the Legends of Le Mans category will be a Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion, a rare road-going adaptation of the marque’s 1998 Le Mans winner. The Strassenversions, of which just 25 were made, carry a race-derived twin-turbo 550 horsepower engine, while also offering such creature comforts as a cassette player and air conditioning.
The Modern Bespoke section will feature one of seven Disco Volantes built on an Alfa Romeo 8C powertrain by Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera, while the American Muscle category will boast six cars provided by a single, anonymous collector: all painted black, they include a 1966 Dodge Coronet high-performance Police Special, a 1969 Dodge Super Bee and a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner.
The non-petrol-fuelled attractions, meanwhile, will include a Taittinger champagne bar and the latest watches from Breguet (from £10,000).