The London Concours opened its doors to the City’s Honourable Artillery Company yesterday morning with over a hundred classics on show to the public…
Around 100 vehicles joined a bustling field of press, public and media shooters all hoping to catch a glimpse of the main concours event which included ‘200MPH Club, ‘Young Timers, ‘Great Marques – Porsche, ‘Great Marques – Lotus’ and ‘The Italian Berlinettas’.
A team of beady-eyed judges scrutinised every boot, bumper, and engine and finally decided to award the ‘Best in Show’ to an extraordinarily well-preserved Lotus Eleven LM50 with impeccable heritage. This particular Lotus Eleven is chassis no. 11-332. It was a Team Lotus works entry, which raced at Rouen and Reims in 1957 driven by Herbert Mackay-Fraser, an American always known as ‘Mac’ Fraser. Sadly he became the first Lotus works driver to lose his life in competition. The Eleven LM150 was later sold to Carroll Shelby Sports Cars and was raced in many US events by Jim Hall, later of Chaparral Cars fame. Returned to the UK in the 1970s and restored in 2006, the Lotus has since competed in many historic race events. It was the winning car in the 2017 Goodwood Revival Madgwick Cup.
London Concours Gallery
As a new theme, an award based on the car that the event Chairman would most like to drive home himself was awarded by Chairman of the Judges, Peter Read to a remarkable 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB/Comptezione Sefac Hot Rod, due to its wonderful pedigree and rich history in the hands of Stirling Moss and Graham Hill.
Winners of the classes:
Great Marques – Lotus (sponsored by Lotus) – Lotus Eleven LM50
Great Marques – Porsche – Porsche 356 Carrera Coupe
200MPH Club (sponsored by Cover Car) – Ferrari F40
The Italian Berlinettas (sponsored by Moss Automotive) – Maserati Ghibli
The Young Timers – Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Koenig Special
The Kustom Klass (sponsored by Vintage Hot Rod Association) – 1941 Ford Coupe
The Lost Marques (sponsored by Montres Breguet) – AC Ace
Best in Show – Lotus Eleven LM50
Chairman’s award – Ferrari 250 SWB/Comptezione Sefac Hot Rod
Andrew Evans, London Concours director:
“As ever I’m in absolutely no doubt that this astounding selection of vehicles is the greatest collection ever assembled within the City of London, it is always a genuine pleasure to be able to share these very special cars with the thousands of visitors that have made the effort to come along to the show. I’d also like to extend thanks to all of our partners for making the London Concours such a success, and I look forward to seeing many more people at the show today and on Thursday.”
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