Rare classics swarm to Wijnegem

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Kasteel Belvédère was besieged by classics as 100 cars competed for the best in show at the Antwerp Concours d’Elegance on 9 September.

Rarities such as Ton Ottevanger’s 1957 Bandini 1000 Sport International (above) shared space with full-sized beauties including (below and in order) a Zagato-bodied 1955 Fiat Otto Vu (8V), a wonderful ex-Nicolas Cage 1951 Bugatti Type 101 and an original 1956 Arnolt Bristol DeLuxe Roadster.

Best in Show, however, went to a 1957 Aston Martin DB MkIII (main pic) that had been subject to a full restoration, while two mint Jensen Interceptors, a coupé and a soft-top, snapped up Best Restored and the People’s Choice awards respectively.

Competitors travelled from all over Europe, but Brit Kevin Clarke clocked up the most miles and was rewarded when his immaculate 1974 Porsche 914/4 (above) took the Best Open Car class win.

The 1200 visitors got a taste of Hollywood in the form of a 1934 Simca-Fiat Balilla spider that featured in La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful, directed by Roberto Benigni) and was towing an equally cool 1939 Riva speedboat.

This perfect equipe shared the limelight with Paul Grant's 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Mille Miglia (above), one of around 20 built, a lovely 1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior (below) and a 1928 Vauxhall 20/60 Hurlingham Boat-Tail Speedster (second from bottom).

The event was such a success that organiser Nicolas van Frausum plans to extend the event into two days.

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