Dario Franchitti ‘humbled’ at Edinburgh car show

Sir Jackie Stewart with his wife Helen look at a 1902 Arrol-Johnston in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Picture: Hemedia

Sir Jackie Stewart with his wife Helen look at a 1902 Arrol-Johnston in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Picture: Hemedia

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Racing driver Dario Franchitti said it was “humbling” to see his prize cars amongst a fleet of supermotors worth £100 million at Holyrood Palace.

The IndyCar champion was speaking as more than a thousand people gathered to witness this year’s Concours of Elegance car show.

Three-times Indycar champion Dario Franchitti at the Concours of Elegance event. Picture: Hemedia

Three-times Indycar champion Dario Franchitti at the Concours of Elegance event. Picture: Hemedia

The three-day event features a spectacular collection of rare classic motors from the 1900s onwards.

The first event of its kind was held in the grounds of Windsor Castle in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

West Lothian-born former IndyCar champion Franchitti was showcasing several of the cars he has won throughout his career, including for his Indianapolis 500 victories – a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette 427.

He said: “When you win Indianapolis they give you the pace car as part of the prize. So those came over from America a wee while ago with me and they are really just life-size trophies.

“To see them here amongst the other cars is quite humbling. It’s a privilege to have them here.

“It’s a stunning setting with some beautiful cars on show and it’s great to have an event like this in Scotland.

“There are cars here that are so rare and so valuable but it’s great to see people round here enjoying them.”

A Ferrari 250 GTO – driven by Innes Ireland from Maranello to Goodwood when he won the 1962 Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy – turned many heads as it arrived in the grounds.

The red supercar was sold at auction previously for a whopping £32 million.

An original 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was also on show as well as the 1970 Lamborghini Muira S. As well as classic supercars, a 1912 Lorraine Dietrich Vieux Charles III attracted much attention from car enthusiasts.

Vehicle owner Richard Nash, who keeps the car at Brooklands Museum in Surrey, said it was “fantastic” to bring his car up to Scotland for the first time.

He said: “It belonged to my dad, he found it in Brooklands in 1932 so it’s been in the family since then.”

The Concours of Elegance will be open to the public from 9.30am to 6pm today and 9.30am to 4.45pm on Sunday before the cars leave at 5pm.

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