I recently attended the London Concours 2018 event that took place at the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of Central London on 7th-8th June. It was my first time attending the classy garden party and I have to say I was very impressed. Luxurious, glamorous and opulent; those are the words that spring to mind when trying to summarise London Concours. But let’s not forget the main reason why I was there; the cars.
Yes, that’s right, London Concours is an automotive event that could easily be mistaken for a scene out of the film Wolf Of Wall Street. If champagne, designer watches and fast cars are your cup of tea then you would feel right at home there. I don’t think I have seen quite as many exotic cars in one place at the same time. And when I say exotic, I’m talking McLaren F1, Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Miura exotic.
Something that particularly stood out to me about this event is how well organised it was. Everything was perfectly spaced out, not too cluttered. You were able to walk around and admire each car without worrying about bumping into another car. If you were taking a photo of a vehicle people would actually wait until you had captured the shot before walking in front of you. It really felt like everyone there had a mutual respect and love for the motors on display.
I was actually worried before coming to the event as the weather forecast predicted rain, however, the forecast was wrong and sunny skies prevailed. This meant I could take pictures without having to worry about my equipment getting soaked. Anyway, before I get too off topic, this event represents the high-end of the automotive world. It’s where you come to see the types of cars that only come out for special occasions. I think the word I am looking for is: exclusive.
The Honorable Artillery Company is the perfect venue for this event as it provides a prestigious backdrop and is very easy to reach on public transport. It is literally five minutes away from Old Street tube station. The large cricket green within the grounds is where all of the stands and cars are situated. As for refreshments, there were various bars and champagne stands as well as a large marquee tent where people were enjoying food and beverages.
Shortly after arriving at the event out of the corner of my eye I spotted a handful of colourful racing cars. I headed straight over to get a closer look and soon realised that it was the Global Endurance Legends feature showcasing six iconic motorsport vehicles, including an Aston Martin DBRS9, Lotus Esprit GT1, Lotus Esprit GT2 and Ferrari F40 GT. It was awesome to get up close and personal with these racing cars some of which were still partially covered in dirt. It felt like they had not long left a race track which totally added to the sense of occasion.
Next, I headed down a flight of stone stairs onto the cricket green and into the main London Concours display where I honestly didn’t know where to begin. The closest set of cars to me was the ‘superfast’ collection so I decided to start there. This group of cars included a stunning Lamborghini Murcielago, Aston Martin Vantage GT12 and a Ferrari F12 TDF, to name but a few. Oh, and I also need to give a special mention to the immaculate Ford GT Avro 720 Mirage and the BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile that was visibly popular with attendees.
After ogling the ‘superfast’ beauties I moved onto the ‘era-defining’ set of cars which may have been my favourite of the bunch. This group of vehicles included the iconic McLaren F1 that was coated in spotless red paint and was clearly in impeccable condition. This was a major highlight for me especially considering that only 106 of these cars exist in the world. Also, there was a stunning Lamborghini Miura S and a beautiful Ferrari F40. Honestly, walking around this place was like being in a car enthusiast dream world.
Once I finally managed to pull myself away from the ‘era-defining’ cars I made my way down to the Evo Supercar Paddock where I was greeted by the ‘Beast of the Green Hell’; the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Alongside this marvellous sports car was the all-new Ford GT, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the latest Aston Martin Vantage.
As if what I’d already seen wasn’t enough a short walk away I found a handsome Ferrari F50 sitting next to a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Lamborghini Countach, LaFerrari and a Bugatti Veyron. At this stage, I was really starting to appreciate how skillfully these cars had been mixed together. Classics from the 80’s and 90’s were positioned next to modern cars from the 2000’s and everything about it just felt right. Nothing seemed out of place with the cars blending together effortlessly.
After my walk around the high-end garden party, I felt very satisfied. I’d had a supercar fix that would surely last for weeks to come. I can confirm that this event isn’t your average automotive experience; on the contrary, it is a special homage to some of the finest historic and performance cars of our times.
In my opinion, the display of cars at the event was expertly curated, delivering a non-stop journey of speed. There weren’t lacklustre parts of the event. Almost everything had a wow factor, maintaining my adrenaline levels as I moved around the grounds. The live jazz band perfectly complemented the atmosphere and the speaker/audio setup allowed you to take in the expert opinions and car owner interviews whilst walking around. I would definitely recommend this function to anyone who likes the idea of putting their glad rags on and heading into Central London to admire some incredible vehicles.