Jaguar scoops Hurlingham concours


A Jaguar XK140 beat off a Villa d’Este winner to take Best of Show at this year’s Concours D'Elegance London at the city’s Hurlingham Club.


The upmarket 27-29 July event was the inaugural replacement for the Hurlingham’s previous Louis Vuitton and Salon Privé fixtures - although the displays lacked the volume of cars and classes to which visitors were accustomed.


The manicured lawns did, however, host some quality variety, from a couple of Alfa 6Cs to an Iso Grifo, Jensen 541R and the 1955 Indianapolis 500 Mile pace car – with two McLaren F1s and a Ford GT40 on display in the clubhouse.


Star attraction was the amazing – if somewhat dominating – line-up of Jaguars with noted marque collector Dr James Hull supplying 15 of the 18 cats on display, including the show topping XK Roadster.


The 140 – a serial national concours circuit winner – beat off Gary Snell’s magnificent Touring-bodied Alfa 6C 2500, despite the Milanese beauty having scooped Salon Privé last month and Villa D’Este in 2006. Snell did, however, take home the award for best in the Pre 1956 class.



Steve Grimsley of Phoenix Restorations – which restored the140 for Dr Hull – was on hand to accept the Best of Show award. “It’s the icing on the cake for all the hard work,” remarked a delighted Grimsley.


Dr Hull’s cars included a 1974 Jaguar V12 Roadster – one of the 50 Commemorative editions in the in black with cinnamon trim. It was, ironically, up against one of Snell’s other entries: a Jaguar 4.2-litre Roadster (below).



One of three E-types Snell owns - all in correct, factory-supplied black – it racked up over 200,000 miles in Snell’s hands back in his native America before he had the car restored.


Hull also provided a couple of Bentley R-type Continentals – one fantastically patinated and another fully restored – while other 1950s highlights included another concours regular: Leonard Bolton’s superb, two-tone Jensen 541R (below).



“It was the 1959 Earls Court show car, finished in Dusk Rose over Primrose,” explained Bolton. “I bought it 30 years ago from its first owner, who bought the car off the show stand because his wife ‘liked the colour’.”


Also wowing the crowds were a couple of former CS&C cars: Hugh James’ Bizzarrini Strada GT and Marek Letowt’s Rolls-Royce Camargue, with the latter a highlight of the Pininfarina class – instigated by event organiser Michael Scott’s ambition to repay Sergio Pininfarina for the superb restoration on his Lancia Astura nearly 30 years ago.



The styling house-inspired class was won by a Ferrari Daytona, while the GT 40 topped the Le Mans class.
Next year's Concours d'Elegance London will be entirely dedicated to celebrating the work of Pininfarina.
More photographs follow below. Double click on the lead image to see a slide show of all the images.
Indianapolis 500 pace car was fresh from the Goodwood Festival of Speed Celebrations.
James Hulls' cars included a lovely Daimler SP250.
And a genuine Coombs Mk2.
...along with his Commemorative series V12 E-type.
...and Bentley R-type Continentals.
Lawn displays included a former C&SC feature car: Hugh James' Bizzarrini Strada GT.
The second of the show's two Alfa 6Cs
James Hulls' Jaguar SS Coupe was a previous Hurlingham winner.
Fantastic 1950s American display headed by '59 Caddy and Buick Electra.
Miura and Frazer-Nash BMW added to the event's diversity.
Indoor highlights included the famous Harrods-liveried McLaren F1.
Ferrari Daytona won Pininfarina class.
Aston Martin showed off its recent efforts at badge-engineering.
Hurlingham's tradition for elegance continued.
Event's posh theme extended to helicopter displays...
...and a replica (it's made of wood!) Supermarine Spitfire.



I went to the Concours on Thursday (as a guest of a Hurlingham Club member) and I have to say I was very disappointed. Other than the 6C Alfa's and the Grifo there were very few cars that have not been seen before. The Daytona may have won the Pininfarina class but was not a very good example IMO, and what was a late ninties Fiat Coupe (that wasn't even in very good condition) doing in the Concours at all.

I'm sure most of the people eating Lobster and drinking Champagne were having a great time, but for car enthusiasts you would have been better off going to a Goodwood Sunday Breakfast, where entrance is free.

James Elliott

The Fiat coupé was a complete mystery to us, too. Pinin, for sure, well the interior at least, but for heaven's sake. Someone said it belonged to a member of Pan's People, so that's all right then!

Group Editor, C&SC


I agree with Daytona Fan. With the exception of the 1939 6c 2500 Touring Superleggera, which was by far the best car there in every respect, there was a shortage of really special cars. It is a mystery why that car was not Best in Show as it was in a class far above the Jaguar 140 which was shiny but had technical defects and certainly was not a special coach built beauty with the detail of the Alfa. Perhaps Sir William Lyons grandson who judged the Jaguar class was born too late to notice or perhaps because the Alfa had won Best of Show in a competing concours a few weeks earlier, that formerly was held at the Hurlingham Club, or perhaps Dr. James Hull who provided approximately 20 cars and virtually all the Jaguars was guaranteed something for his trouble or worse as the announcer of the winners indicated that all the judging records are now destroyed, which I thought was quite strange.


Oh deary me.....
I registered just to post my views on this event.
The 6C Touring Superleggera was t the most historically significant, rare, and the best prepared car there.
Its history of wins, is a testament to this, plus the views of the attendees on the day, and some comments here.
The winning Jaguar although nice and shiny looking, was mechanically unsound with fluid leaks, and fitted with several incorrect parts, according to experts.
And now we hear that the judging records were "destroyed'??
Please keep politics and unnecessary shenanigans out of this, the owners, enthusiasts, and even the judges of this field deserve better.
It should be about the cars, not how many cars an owner has, or to spite an oragnisation for moving their venue etc....


Brilliance and elegance two best words that describes this car. Jaguar is purely British Made car, the raw power of the engine is unlike anybody ever produce in British soil. Each Jaguar Parts are measure precisely to bring out the best engine performance.

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