History

Over a century of automotive history

Paleis Het Loo and automobiles are old friends. It was in 1908 that the first royal car drove through the palace gates, when Prince Hendrik purchased a brand new Renault. It was by no means the last. The collection continued to expand by the year. Today, Paleis Het Loo is a public museum rather than a royal residence but automobiles continue to occupy pride of place in the former stables. This is just one of the many reasons that Paleis Het Loo is such an ideal setting for the International Concours d’Élégance.

The first Concours d’Élégance Paleis Het Loo was held in 1999. It has always been a very international event, with competitors and judges converging on Apeldoorn from far and wide. The Concours was the brainchild of Jan Bruin, Tony Paalman and Gert Enklaar. They passed the steering wheel to Bart Rietbergen, and more recently the event has been organized by Timo Rietbergen and Jan-Peter Nijmeijers of Classic Events. This dynamic company is continually striving to improve the Concours. In 2016, it became an annual event, rather than being held every other year as previously. Last year, the Concours has been extended to span three days. It was also the first in the series to feature a special Porsche showcase presentation.

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Concours d’Élégance Paleis Het Loo The largest classic car event in the Netherlands Since its inception in 1999, the Concours d’Élégance Paleis Het Loo has had one key objective: to showcase the very finest classic automobiles in existence. This year’s event will span three days: Friday 23 August, Saturday 24 August and Sunday 25 August…

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Refreshments

Eat and drink in style  At an event dedicated to the finest classic cars, refreshments should be provided by the finest caterers who ply their wares from classic ‘food trucks’. French fries from a Citroën HY or an ice cream sundae from a British Bedford van! Mobile caterers make an enormous contribution to an event…

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Classic car park

Classic car park A popular element of the event is the classic car park. Parking is actually not the right name it is more a ” mobile ” museum. Parking is free for every visitor who comes with a classic car. The Classic Car Arena is also a perfect place to finish with a rally….

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Paleis Het Loo

A special setting Although Paleis Het Loo has been a public museum since 1984, the former royal residence remains a very regal setting. Unfortunately, the palace itself is currently closed for major renovations. It is due to reopen to the public in 2021. However, that does not mean that there is nothing to see. Far…

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Pedal Car Race

Pedal Car Race Concours d’Élégance Which young car enthusiast does not dream of becoming the new Max Verstappen? The first step to this dream career can be made during the Pedal Car Race at Concours d’Élégance. The Pedal Car Race is an advance on the Dunlop Classic Sprint, which takes place with prewar cars on…

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Royal fair

Not just cars  Many car shows have stalls stacked high with books about cars, manuals, scale models and brochures. That’s all very nice for car enthusiasts but at the Concours d’Élégance Paleis Het Loo we like to appeal to a wider audience. Our stalls therefore offer a vast range of products, by no means all…

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Sprint

Classic cars in action  Classic cars are nice to look at – but they were built to be driven! The Sprint is always one of the most popular items on the weekend’s programme as fine pre-war vehicles are put through their paces along Koningslaan. The vintage and veteran vehicles taking part in the International Concours…

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