London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital

London Concours 2020, the warm up event for the Concours of Elegance, made a welcome return to the capital on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of August. Originally scheduled for June, the event was postponed due to COVID restrictions on public events. Fortunately these restrictions were lifted which allowed the organisers to re-schedule and press on with hosting the capitals finest classic car show.

Once again the lineup of cars on display was a testament to the quality of the two day event, with rare and highly collectable motors gracing the lawns of the Honorable Artillery Company. Despite an unfortunately wet day on Wednesday, the weather improved on Thursday, with glorious sunshine welcoming visitors to the event.

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
Guests were greeted on arrival by the 1952 Jaguar C-type that won Best of Show in 2019
London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
A fitting display to remember two legends of the British world of motorsport

Of course this years London Concours was different to previous years, with social distancing measures in place to ensure guests safety. For many visitors and even owners of cars on display, it was their first classic car show to attend this year, making it a slightly surreal moment. What was certain however was that everyone who attended, especially the orgnaisers, were delighted that the show went ahead. Even more delighted were the lucky owners whose classic drove away with the top concours prizes.

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
And a fine selection of Aston Martin’s through the ages

Speaking of prizes there was some notable winners at this years London Concours. The Best of Show award went to the stunning 1967 Ferrari 330GTS Spider. It also won its group class, “Convertibles: The Golden Era”, making it a very successful event for the Ferrari Spider. This example was originally displayed at the Torino Motor Show in 1967, before being sold to a US buyer in 1969.

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
The showing winning 1967 Ferrari 330GTS

Previously restored to a concours level, this Ferrari 330GTS is no stranger to concours wins, taking home the Best in Class and a Platinum Award at the Ferrari Owners’ Club National Concours in 2019.

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
With its rebuilt V12, we bet Harry can’t wait to clock many more miles in his continent crossing Espada.



There was further success for Italian marques with YouTuber and Gentleman farmer Harry Metcalfe’s 1970 Lamborghini Espada winning the “Great Marques: Lamborghini” class. This particular Espada is probably the most well known example on YouTube, thanks to Harry’s hugely popular motoring channel.

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
The name of the practical mile munching Lamborghini

It recently received a complete engine rebuild to Miura SV specification, which was installed only a couple of weeks ago… just in the nick of time for the show!

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
The fabulous 1961 Facel Vega HK500

Another notable winner at this years London Concours was the fabulous 1961 Facel Vega HK500, which took home the top prize in the “Lost Marques” category. Finished in a stunning dark grey with a light silver roof and a contrasting red interior, this fine example of French luxurious motoring was imported to the UK in 2016. Since importing it the current owner has restored the car while maintaining as much originality as possible.

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
Legendary Lancia’s… almost as far as the eye can see!

The event also continued with its strong Italian theme with a wonderful selection of Lancia’s through the ages. Such was the calibre on show, it was probably the most significant collection of Lancia’s ever gathered for a UK concours event.

The GPBox Vintage Car Memorabilia Collection

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
The 1984 Lancia 037 Rally Group B that was driven by 2 time World Rally Champion Miki Biasion
London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
The unmistakable rear of the iconic Lancia Stratos
London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
The simply gorgeous 1952 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Series 2 was a delight to behold
London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
So many wonderful details to admire on this Lancia Aurelia



There was also a very familiar sight on the lawns of this years event, with the 1966 Unipower GT, the very car that Take to the Road featured earlier this year, enjoying its moment in the sun. Unfortunately for owner Tim there was no class prize for his plucky GT, but he was delighted to get the opportunity to showcase Chassis No 1 at one of the UKs finest concours events.

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
It was great to see the Unipower GT mixing it up with considerably more expensive motoring rarity

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital

And guests at the show were very fortunate to get the chance to see the UK’s only road going Unipower GT, making it as rare as many of the other marques on display over the two days.

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital

With that it is time to bring Take to the Road’s highlights of the London Concours 2020 to a close. The sun may have set on this years event and who knows what the future holds with so much uncertainty on the horizon. With that in mind it is worth congratulating the organisers for staging such a successful event in such challenging circumstances. Here’s to London Concours 2021!



Additional Photos from London Concours 2020

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet by Vanvooren

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
1977 Lamborghini Silhouette

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital

London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
1929 Ford Model A Roadster with a 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan
London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
1932 Ford Lakes Modified/Streamliner
London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
1976 Bizzarrini P538
London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
1956 AC ACE Roadster
London Concours 2020 makes welcome return to the capital
1983 Lancia 037 Rally Evo1 Group B





1 Comment

  1. Josh Wilkins 5th September 2020 at 10:07 am

    An incredible lineup filled with amazing cars.

    The lancias are what made me weak though. I absolutely love rally history. Todays motors are amazing in their own way, but there’s something about group A & B that’ll never ever be replicated.

    I suppose that’s why they got cancelled. So incredible, but incredibly dangerous at the same time.

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