Take 60 of the rarest cars the world has to offer – many of which will never have been seen in the UK, add some very palatial surroundings in South West London and then indulge the participants with plenty of Autoglym’s finest produce and what have you got? That’s right, the 2018 Concours of Elegance – an event that Autoglym is justifiably proud to be the official detailing partner of, and has been for the last six-years. This time it was hosted at Hampton Court Palace as many of the world’s most exquisite vehicles took centre stage.
Ever since the Concours of Elegance began at Windsor Castle in 2012 this annual event has become a focus for some of the world’s very finest automotive exotica, each one hand selected by a panel of experts to represent a cross section of vehicles from the early 1900s right up to the modern day. This not only ensures that the vehicles are unique, but also offers an amazing breadth and depth of machinery. In 2018 the entrants ranged from a 1903 Panhard et Levassor 04R right up to a 2018 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso ‘Tailor Made’ Aranci Rik. With a smattering of Fords, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Jaguars and even a Bizzarrini on hand to salivate over, there’s no shortage of eye-popping metal contained within the main event, but look around the substantial grounds and there were more than 1000 other classic vehicles and trade displays to cast your eyes upon.
When it comes to keeping the main contenders for the owner-judged Best Of Show trophy clean, there is of course only one choice – Autoglym! Each and every of the 60 Concours contenders is prepared by an Autoglym technician using a range of products that are tailored to suit either the vintage, patina or particular materials that the cars are made of. Working on some of the world’s most expensive cars might seem like a huge responsibility, but it’s a weight that’s supported by the broad shoulders and effortless know-how of the Autoglym molecular boffins and, lets face it… when you’re working on a Porsche 917K that Steve McQueen drove at Le Mans the vehicle is an irreplaceable piece of history, so you need to keep your wits about you and have total faith, not to mention knowledge of the products being applied.
Autoglym techs assume responsibility from nose to tail for every entrant, so they’re expected to not only meet but also exceed the foremost conquers and detail standards. It’s a painstaking and laborious process and in some instances it can be a weeklong endeavour to bring the cars up to their very best potential. This individual approach to each and every vehicle means that every possible eventuality is catered for – being particularly considerate of the wear and tear that adds so much kudos and provenance to the history of these often raced and rallied vehicles.
Over to Mark Docherty, Autoglym Professional’s Marketing Manager, for his insider info, “We used Rapid Detailer and Fast Glass on the majority of the cars on display and either Instant Tyre Dressing or High Performance Tyre Gel on some of them too. A few were waxed with Ultra High Definition Wax where there was an opportunity to do so. Each car was appraised before work was started and the processes were adapted to suit the needs of each car. Due to the wide age range of the vehicles in the event and a mixture or fully restored cars through to completely original vehicles, there needed to be an independent plan for each vehicle. There were also some that were not to be touched as the owners wanted to preserve the patina as it was.
Best In Show eventually went to the utterly incredible 1929 Mercedes Benz S Type Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’
With a relaxed atmosphere, cars are as good as you’ll find at any international concours, and a truly magical setting, it’s a show that shouldn’t be missed. Pencil it for 2019 now.