Chantilly Concours 2016: a win for Jon Shirley’s Alfa Romeo 8C

Californian car collector and Pebble Beach winner Jon Shirley seemed determined to win another trophy last weekend. He sent his ex-Graham Hill 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO to the Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle (UK) and a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta to the Concours in Chantilly, France. The latter did the business and won best-in-show at Chantilly Concours 2016 at “Arts et Elegance” event.

Building on Alfa’s other extremely successful pre-war race cars, the 8C was not just fast. With its long chassis and elegant coupé body by Touring, it also proves that the concept of a Grand Touring car was being extremely well executed before the war.

Most wanted Miuras

Among other things, Arts et Elegance 2016 was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Miura. French collector M. Frédéric Leroux won the Lamborghini Miura P400 category with a model from 1967. Unsurprisingly, the special prize in this category went to Swiss historic racer Marc Caveng, who brought his 1966 prototype Miura to the noble lawns of Chantilly Castle.

Marc Newson’s Bugatti

Australian designer Marc Newson also had reason to raise a glass of Champagne. One of his Bugattis, a 1934 Type 59, won first prize in the “Bugatti – GP cars” category of Chantilly Concours 2016. Given that he only started to collect (rather than just accumulate) classic cars less than five years ago, this qualifies as a great triumph for the Goodwood regular.

Arts et Elegances 2016 was once again a huge success. All 13,500 tickets were sold – despite the unpromising weather and stiff competition from the other side of the English Channel, where the Salon Privé and the Windsor Concours of Elegance were being held. The impressive number of remarkable classic cars on show at Chantilly demonstrates that the global community of classic car collectors is big enough to prepare great cars for three important events at virtually the same time.

The pictures of Chantilly Arts et Elegance are provided by Julien Mahiels.

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