New Rolls Royce Wraith, Bentleys and Bugattis at Downside’s first Concours D’Elegance

1932 Riley Gamecock vintage concours

1932 Riley Gamecock vintage concours - Credit: Archant

Downside Abbey, an iconic landmark in Somerset, will host its first Concours d’Elegance this Sunday.

1935 Rover vintage car concours

1935 Rover vintage car concours - Credit: Archant

1934 Jaguar SSII vintage concours

1934 Jaguar SSII vintage concours - Credit: Archant

With nearly 80 vintage cars coming along it’s set to be a great family day out over the Bank Holiday weekend. Motoring journalist Mark Whitchurch will be dropping in with the brand new Rolls Royce Wraith to join Aston Martins, a Jenson Open Tourer, Bristols and an Austin Healey. There’s even a vintage Fiat 500 in bright orange.

Vintage and classic cars will be grouped into three classes:

Pre-war – 1945-1967 – 1968-1984

One of the highlights and relevant to the venue is a Squire car, a 1935 Squire Ranalagh Tourer. The designer, Adrian Squire, was a pupil at Downside in the 1920s and designed his first car when he was still at school.

Three judges will have the extremely difficult task of choosing a winner for each Class before the Abbot of Downside, Dom Aidan Bellenger, chooses an overall winner for the ‘Abbot’s Cup’.

Tickets are £5 each, family ticket £15.

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To book call 01761 235194.

http://www.downside.co.uk/School/information_contacts/downside-concours.php

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