A Different Concours
Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2019

Held every two years, the Chantilly Arts & Elegance was back last Sunday. The fifth edition of the event once again took place in the Domaine de Chantilly castle not far from Paris, with 18,000 visitors spending the last day of June there to appreciate the beauty of both classic and contemporary cars.

Nine latest concept cars from different automakers were gracing the Concours d’Elegance part of the event. From the BMW Vision M Next launched recently to Bugatti La Voiture Noire and Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation model, as well as the more tech-focus Volkswagen ID. Buggy and Honda E, each of these concept were accompanied by a model wearing specially designed high fashion during the parade. The Concours d’Elegance Best of Show award went to the McLaren Speedtail as selected by the panel of judges, while the spectators chose the Volkswagen ID. Buggy.

Chantilly Arts & Elegance was home to 130 classic cars this year, categorised into 11 categories under the Concours d’Etat. There were also special programmes dedicated to anniversaries of different marques and model, such as the 110 years of Bugatti, 20 years of Pagani Zonda or the 50 anniversary of Jackie Stewart claiming his first championship in Formula 1 with Matra F1. For the most significant Best of Show awards, Bentley won the Best of Show (Pre-War) with a 1931 8 Litre Foursome Coupé, while a 1948 Talbot Lago T26 Gran Sport Coupé claimed the post-war award.