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Gallery: St James Concours, London, 5-7 September

The concours circuit is a busy one - but it looks like Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Villa d'Este have been joined by London. For the second Concours of Elegance, 61 of the world’s rarest motor cars – many of them never seen before in this country – graced the gardens of 300-year old Royal palace Marlborough House, and drove through London.

Lead by Royal patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent driving the 1933 Napier-Railton 24 litre Special, and with the oldest dating from 1907, nearly all of the cars in the Concours were driven - in a spectacular convoy from Buckingham Palace down The Mall - by their owners into the gardens on the opening morning. No wonder £250,000 was raised by the event for several charities.
 
Best of Show was won by Bruce McCaw with his 1930 Bentley Speed-Six Gurney Nutting Sportsman Coupé, who said, 'I am proud to be its current custodian and to be able to bring it back for a rare appearance in its homeland. I am happy the car was so appreciated and well received.' Coinciding with the event was RM Auctions' £22m sale, helping to establish the Concours as one of the world's most important top-end events.

Enjoy the gallery, all images by Tim Scott.

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