Set in the exquisite grounds of Hampton Court Palace (Henry VIII's favoured residence), with the backdrop of Christopher Wren's stunning South facing facade, some of the most iconic and inspirational vehicles lined up for a busy few days of being admired. From the 5th to the 7th of September, over 3,000 visitors came to look their fill at cars that spanned over 100 years of automobile manufacture. Some of the brief highlights consisted of such sights as the 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Tourer, the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Targa Florio (which incidentally won the 1973 Targa Florio) and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Short Chassis Zagato Spider.
With a grand total of 60 covers needed for an incredible range of vehicles, Classic Additions were flattered to be asked to supply the covers for the event. We created a set of bespoke, vibrant red outdoor covers with special embroidery, each one designed for a specific vehicle. Despite having Europe's largest database of car measurements, even we didn't have some of the details for these vehicles! In one particular case, the access to the vehicle was so limited that we had to measure, make and fit the cover in less than 8 hours!
The chance to make covers for such amazing automobiles was an incredibly rewarding experience for all of us and we would like to thank Autoglym and the team and the Concours of Elegance for inviting us to be a part of the fun for the third year running. We very much hope that we will be given the chance to involved again next year, when rumour has it that the event will be taking place in Scotland!
In the meantime, take a peek at the winner of the Pullman Trophy for Best of Show - the 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 'Touring' Flying Star - and the winner of the Public Choice Award - the rare, alloy-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe...wow...