Hampton Court Palace, one of six venues cared for by charity Historic Royal Palaces, will be the setting for Concours of Elegance from 2017–2021, inclusive, following a new five-year agreement.
The Palace previously hosted Concours in 2014.
Next year’s event, which takes place 31 August-2 September 2018, will bring exotic cars and luxury partners to the venue.
The Concours of Elegance remains unique in the UK as the only automotive event to be held at a royal venue each year, having previously been hosted at Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
In 2014 the Concours headed to Hampton Court Palace and returned again earlier this year.
The event brings together the ‘best of the best’ of the UK’s car club scene, and this year the focal point was a new central stage in front of the Palace. Over the course of the weekend, a parade of the main Concours and ‘Special Feature’ cars were driven through the palace grounds up to the Live Stage, to create a moving spectacle.
Liz Young, head of events at Historic Royal Palaces, says: “We are delighted to have signed a five-year agreement with Concours of Elegance to hold their annual event until 2021. The spectacular backdrop of Hampton Court Palace makes it the perfect setting to showcase some of the world’s most incredible vehicles. Both the 2014 and 2017 events were a huge success and we are incredibly excited to be working with the Concours of Elegance team to further grow and develop this fantastic event.”
James Brooks-Ward, Concours of Elegance director, adds: “The beauty and the history of Hampton Court Palace have always been a perfect match for Concours of Elegance. Both in 2014 and again in 2017, the feedback we had from owners of the cars, from visitors and from our partners was absolutely faultless. That’s why signing this new deal is such an incredibly important announcement for us. We now have a home for the next five years!”
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.