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The origin of the concours d’élégance of automobiles

From the beginning of time, man has endeavoured to improve his daily existence, to make it more pleasant. The automobile is a brilliant example. That which should be no more than a tool for going from point A to point B, was quickly appropriated by artists, eager to turn it into something beautiful, comfortable and sensual.

The Concours d’Elegance of Automobiles first began in France in the 1920s, as competing Dandies sought to prove their refinement and distinction behind the wheel of expensive, bespoke automobiles.  Some of the more flamboyant and elusive among them were built solely for the purpose of taking part in the Concours d’Elegance of Automobiles and were barely road-worthy.

They were masterpieces, a sort of proud compliment to Haute Couture, and as such also served as show-cases for the well-dressed women who rode in them. Together, Haute Couture and the bespoke automobile embodied what was known everywhere as “French Luxury.”

The concept has evolved in keeping with the times, absorbing more every-day models and shedding the “gala” association for a more practical attire.

The concours d’élégance of the Circuit des Remparts d’Angoulême

This is what we strive to recreate during this two-hour free event, as night falls and no less than 45 cars and their teams gather to put on an amazing display.

The Concours d’Elegance of Automobiles differs from the Concours d’Etat in that it judges the general state of the car along with the proper attire of the owners. There must be strict conformity between the period of the car and the dress of the owners – the total presentation must be homogenous and coherent.

Be transported back in time to over a century of car manufacturing, aptly brought to life by the amusing anecdotes of journalist and car enthusiast Igor Biétry.

Practical Reminder

Free and open to the public on Friday 15/09 from 20:45.

A few seats are available on a first come, first served basis.