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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 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.

 

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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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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…

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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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