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An 100-strong entry list has been announced for the inaugural Auto Royale, a brand-new British concours d’elegance coming to Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire on 16-18 July 2021.
Cars coming from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Italy, as well as from collections in the UK, will compete in 15 classes, before vying for overall glory.
Among those tipped for the top are a fresh-from-restoration 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé by Saoutchik, last seen in 2016 at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance, prior to its restoration, which will contest the ‘Post-War – Closed’ class next month.
And it will face tough in-class competition from cars including the 1956 Lancia Florida Berlina by Pinin Farina (above), from Corrado Lopresto’s collection, a car that’s already scooped four class wins at European concours, including the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
Another to look for will be the Zagato-bodied, Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider (above), that Tazio Nuvolari drove to victory on the 1931 Coppa Ciano, which is also a former Cartier Style et Luxe class winner at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is entered into the ‘Pre-War – Open’ class at Auto Royale.
While back in the UK for the first time since 1950 to compete in the ‘Preservation’ class next month is a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville, that starred alongside Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers in the 1960 film The Millionairess.
“It’s been a long time in the making, but it’s truly exciting to finally be able to unveil our complete plans for Auto Royale’s debut event,” said Event Director, Paul Mathers.
“Many people have worked tirelessly to curate this collection and bring something we believe is fresh and new to the concours calendar. We are genuinely looking forward to sharing these cars and their stories with the British historic motoring community, and I personally hope that enthusiasts embrace Auto Royale as their own. Everyone is welcome!”