The gardens of Paleis Het Loo form the scenery for Hollands most prestigious Concours d ‘Elegance for the 13th time. The CineCars reporters are there.
The nicest garden party in the Netherlands has been held in the environs of Paleis Het Loo for a number of years now. Truly regal surroundings where everybody is welcome to celebrate the automobile. And everybody is present indeed, the press, dignitaries, guest from abroad, celebrities and everyone else who wants to have a great time. Nothing wis too much trouble to make this party a success. The most beautiful automobiles of the Netherlands and far beyond are present.There is of course the Concours d’Elegance, with a jury that judges according to international standards. Topped with their straw hats and equipped with impressive clipboards they do their rounds past the cars. The owner tells his story and the engine is revved. The bonnet is opened and with magnifying glasses the interior is judged for originality. If your car doesn’t match up to the original specifications for 100 percent, than there will be no prize for you. A party it may be, but it is serious business here in Apeldoorn. Noblesse oblige after all.
Volvo and Ferrari take the opportunity to celebrate their birthdays. Ferrari placed four very important cars on the forecourt of the palace. When it’s your 70th birthday you are allowed to show off, aren’t you? Volvo is even 20 years older than that and has a display with a small range of very special models. The tops of the rare convertibles can come down in the summer sun, even the weather is having a party. In the awning of french sports car manufacturer Alpine they are having a party too. They are unveiling the all new Alpine A112. Modern technique in a retro looking overcoat. To make a bold statement all models ever produced are gathered on the lawn.
For those who like a bit of the action there is a pre-war car sprint. With roaring engines the drivers do their runs on the straight. The audience is treated to a cocktail of engine sounds, exhaust fumes and the scent of burning oil.
The drivers are ever so competitive and try hard to better their colleagues. Ignoring the fact that their cars are of a very respectable age.
Everybody is celebrating. The visitors not in the least, cause where else than at this glorious garden party can one admire such rare and spectacular automobiles? For a prestigious event like this the very best of automotive design and engineering are brought out of hiding. Mr. Meijer has the biggest party of us all. His extremely pretty and immaculate Lancia Astura series II with Castanga body becomes ‘Best of Show’. Reasons to be cheerful. The award ceremony is the spectacular ending of this magnificent event in the gardens of Paleis Het Loo. We raise our glass for a final time for a toast to next years event. Will you be there too? Good show!