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Organisers of Auto Royale have announced that the event’s 2021 debut has been cancelled indefinitely.
The all-new concours d’elegance at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was originally scheduled for a 2020 launch, before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it back to 16-18 July 2021.
But yesterday’s announcement that the final easing of lockdown measures in England is being delayed until 19 July has caused the team behind the event to have a rethink.
The news comes less than a month after the full Auto Royale line-up was revealed, featuring 100 classic cars from across the world, including a fresh-from-restoration 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé by Saoutchik, a colourful class of Maharaja cars, and a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville that’s starred alongside Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers, and that was returning to the UK for the first time since 1950.
“It is with huge regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s event,” said organiser Paul Mathers. “Months of planning went into making sure that this was going to be something different on the British motoring calendar.
“Our prime responsibility is making sure that people are safe and that the event that we organise works for our sponsors, participants and the general public and as things stand, we felt that we were unable to meet these obligations to the degree that we would wish.
“We have reached this decision with much soul searching especially as we have had fantastic support from car owners globally, as well as major organisations in the world of classic cars and motoring in general.
“Auto Royale was an ambitious undertaking to bring a high-end concours event to the general classic car enthusiast and involved almost three years of planning.”
Ticket holders are covered by the event’s COVID-19 guarantee and will be refunded by the ticketing company over the next few days.