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.