Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille

From Octane November 2017

THE ARTS & ELEGANCE concours held in the grounds of the magnificent Chantilly château saw a 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic steal the headlines, but it wasn’t the only car to slacken jaws. In this, the event’s fourth year, organiser Peter Auto opted for a preand post-war Best of Show in the Concours d’Etat, a secret kept until the prize-giving. The Bugatti belonging to Peter Mullin and Robson Walton – a former Pebble Beachwinning car – was garlanded, but the decision to reward Sir Michael Kadoorie’s glorious Le Mans-winning Ferrari 250 TR58 was received just as warmly by all present.

The jury also awarded a special authenticity prize for the six specially reunited Antony cars. Bringing matters full circle were a raft of latter-day show-stoppers, with the appallingly-named Citroën CExperience and the Renault Trézor concept cars jointly winning the Concours d’Elegance for modern cars. A 1947 Chrysler Town & Country deservedly won the FIVA preservation award.

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