£100m of classic cars on show at Holyrood Palace

The Ferrari 250 GTO is valued at a whopping �32m
The Ferrari 250 GTO is valued at a whopping �32m
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Nearly everyone remembers that one iconic car from their favourite film, whether it be James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 or The Green Hornet’s 1996 Chrysler Imperial.

And this weekend, thousands of car lovers are set to gather at Holyrood Palace, where more than £100 million worth of classic motors will be on display at the Concours of Elegance event.

Star billing will go to a Ferrari 250 GTO – driven by Innes Ireland from Maranello to Goodwood when he won the 1962 Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy – which sold at auction for an eye-watering £32 million. An original 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost will also turn heads.

The spectacular collection of rare cars from the 1920s onwards are being displayed in the grounds of the palace and despite the event being relatively new – the first was held in the grounds of Windsor Castle in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee – it has steadily gained a large following of car enthusiasts across the UK.

Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can have their pictures taken with the rare cars.

A collection of Ecurie Ecosse cars has also come home – the Edinburgh-based racing team was founded in 1951 by David Murray, an accountant and racing driver from the Capital, and the team has since competed all over the world.

A famous face attending Concours of Elegance is Dario Franchitti, the Bathgate-born former IndyCar champion.

Franchitti, left, will be showcasing several of the cars he has won throughout his career, including his Indianapolis 500 victories – a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette 427.

Several cars owned by racing legends Jim Clark and Johnny Dumfries are also to be displayed, while the event will also pay tribute to one of Scotland’s finest ever racing drivers, Sir Jackie Stewart.

All three of the cars he drove to his Formula One driver’s championships will be on display, as well as the helmets he wore. This will be the first time the collection has been shown in Scotland.

Sir Jackie, vice-patron of the Concours of Elegance, said: “I can’t think of a better place to showcase some of my championship-winning Formula One cars. The Concours of Elegance celebrates the best of the motoring world and this year’s event does that at one of Scotland’s most picturesque venues.”

The event – expected to attract 10,000 visitors over the weekend – features two main competitions this year with additional competitions for photography and pre-1976 cars.

The two main competitions are the Best of Show award for one of the 60 rarest cars – 60 being a reference to the Queen’s diamond jubilee – and the Club Trophy celebrating the car clubs of the leading car 
manufacturers.

Concours d’Elégance dates from 17th century France where the aristocracy paraded their highly ornate horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. Over time, the carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competitive “beauty pageant” for automobile 
owners.

• The Concours of Elegance will be open to the public from 9.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 9.30am to 4.45pm on Sunday before the Grand Depart of all cars on display at 5pm.