Hundreds of classics joined big names from the world of motorsport on Belgium’s North shore from 8-11 October, to take part in the ever popular Zoute Grand Prix.
Jochen Mass took the wheel of a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, putting on a sideways skid pan display that delighted the crowd, but the real action took place on the concours lawn. Jaguar XK120s, Aston Martin DB2s and DB4s, Jaguar E-types, Cisitalias, Lancia Aurelias and Porsche 356 all vied for the public’s attention, and that of the judging panel, which included five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell.
A Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster scooped the Most Exciting Design Award, while a rare 1939 Bugatti T57 Cabriolet Aravis – named after the French mountain range – won the jury’s Special Award. The coachbuilt Letourneur et Marchand beauty had been in the same family since new.
The Prototype Award was also won by a Mercedes-Benz, this time a 1970 CIII – one of just 12 examples ever built.
Race Class honours belonged to an ex-Georges Berger 1957 Maserati 250S, which was driven by the Belgian in period at the same year’s Mille Miglia, as well as many other races in Europe. It began life as a 200S, and was later upgraded by the factory to 250S specification.
A 1958 Ferrari 250GT LWB California continued the Italian theme, winning the Post-War Open Class.
A 1939 Bugatti T57C Cabriolet by Gangloff complete with tailor-made Louis Vuitton luggage was judged to have the Most Special and Unique Bodywork, but it was pipped to the Most Elegant Pre-War and Best of Show Awards by the 1930 Bentley Speed Six – Blue Train.