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 2019.
As always, the main focus of the weekend is the International Concours but there will be much more for visitors to enjoy. This year sees the welcome return of the National Concours, several leading importers will be presenting the latest additions to the catalogue, and many fine veteran and vintage vehicles will be put through their paces during the ‘Sprint’. The setting could not be more fitting: Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn.
The Concours d’Élégance Paleis Het Loo is not only for car enthusiasts. With its graceful ambiance, the event makes for an ideal family outing, or an opportunity to meet up with friends or business partners. The Royal Fair features dozens of stalls offering a wide range of high-quality items, from fashion and jewellery to art. There will also be several mobile caterers on site, operating from classic ‘food trucks’. The beautiful palace gardens will be open throughout the weekend, and visitors can also enjoy spectacular views from the roof of the palace.
Concours for dummies
Perhaps you’ve been given a ticket as a Father’s Day present. Maybe a friend or business partner has invited you along. But you have absolutely no idea what a Concours d’Élégance involves. Our easy guide explains all!
In the early years of motoring, a ‘concours d’élégance’ was primarily a competition for the best design. Many cars left the factory as little more than the chassis: the owner had to take it to a coachbuilder to have the rest fitted. As mass production became more common and manufacturers were able to offer complete, standardized vehicles, the nature of the concours d’élégance changed. It became a sort of ‘beauty contest’ for cars, in which not only the design but also technical condition and appearance were important criteria. These would be assessed by an international panel of judges, usually comprising classic car experts, journalists and designers.
The Concours d’Élégance Paleis Het Loo was first held in 1999, since when it has grown to become the largest and most important classic car event in the Netherlands. However, not all the cars on show are vintage or veteran ‘old timers’. There are also recent models– often non-standard versions intended to appeal to the real ‘petrolheads’.
Moreover, don’t think you will spend all your time looking at cars. The Royal Fair is an ‘up-market market’ offering all manner of luxury goods. There will be many mobile caterers on site, operating from classic ‘food trucks’. And of course, the venue itself is well worth a visit. Although Paleis Het Loo is currently closed for renovations, the beautiful gardens remain open to the public, as are the royal stables which house a fine collection of vintage cars.