Well, what a year it has been.  Like a lap around the Nürburgring, it has had its thrills and chills and more than a few spills, but here at Auto Royale HQ, we couldn’t be more pleased to bring you our latest news after three months of silence.

Like other event organisers around the country, we have been waiting for a Covid-19 vaccine and some kind of announcement from the Prime Minister that events are back in business. Finally a fortnight ago we got it.  After some long months toiling behind the scenes, we are excited to start switching up a few gears as we head into the Yuletide season.

There is lots of news to come in this month’s newsletter as we commence the countdown to launching our ticket sales in January.  The Concours d’Elegance is shaping up and we have a full grid of exhibitors we cannot wait to introduce to you.  So, without any further ado, it’s on with the show!

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Jarrah Venables is no stranger to the classic motoring scene, having spent many of his formative career years overseeing automotive content at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival events.  But his life as a petrol-head started much younger, growing up around all manner of incredible cars and adopting his father’s deep automotive passion.

Jarrah has stepped up from our Curatorial Board to lead the Concours curatorial process and now spends much of his time representing Auto Royale to the world, talking to his collector contacts in Europe and the USA.  He has already unearthed some exceptional cars which we will unveil to you over the coming months, and is assisted by our veritable brains trust of curators around the UK and the world.

Entries are open, so if you have an exceptional car that you would like to pit against the best in the Concours world, then please contact Jarrah at jv@jarrahvenables.com or complete our online entry form here

Eric Clapton signed a cheque for more than one Ferrari 275 in his lifetime, but none quite so scrumptious as this 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 of which he took delivery in 2003.  Just 30 right-hand drive examples were built, with 27 destined for the UK.

The car began life with silver coachwork sitting on Pirelli rubber with Campagnolo wheels, and was first purchased by a British businessman in Nairobi, where it competed in many hill climbs, before heading back to the UK in 1971.  Under its second owner, the car was re-painted red and fitted trumpets on the engine for performance gains. When Mr Clapton took ownership as part of his collection, he returned the car to its original silver colour.

It was acquired by its present owner in 2010 and went through another bodywork change to Blue Sera over a Pumpkin leather interior, fitted with Borrani wheels. It was most recently shown in 2015 for the exclusive Kuwait Concours, where it won the Grand Tourer Class.

Our official Auto Royale Master of Ceremonies for the weekend needs no introduction.  Alain de Cadenet is a certified legend in his own lifetime.  Racer and raconteur, he famously went racing to meet the ladies and somehow ended up competing in Le Mans 11 times over a 12 years.  Since then he has driven almost every significant car worth driving, many of them featuring in his popular series Victory by Design.

Alain is no stranger to hosting Concours d’Elegance and in addition to featuring many, many times at Pebble Beach, he was the MC at none other than the Louis Vuitton 150th Anniversary Classic at our very own Waddesdon Manor back in 2004.  Alain is revving to get back into concours, as he shared with us recently, “Everybody needs good stuff to look forward to and (Auto Royale) should fit the bill nicely”.

Auto Royale is delighted to welcome Aston Engineering as one of our specialist exhibitors. Founded in 1983, Aston Engineering are a truly dynamic business built on great foundations, which lead to the recognition and their appointment as an Aston Martin Heritage Specialist in 2002. Aston Engineering are passionate enthusiasts and offer a renowned level of restoration services to international standards, specialist servicing, parts, car sales and race-winning motorsport solutions. We are excited to have the Aston Martin brand represented through Aston Engineering, and look forward to what exceptional cars they will have with them on site at Waddesdon Manor.
Every great event wants to give something back to the industry which supports it, so it was with great excitement that we announced Startermotor as our official charity earlier this year.  One of the beneficiaries of Startermotor’s great work is Callum Staff from Hanslope, Buckinghamshire.  Callum recently shared his story with us:

I am an apprentice at Ecurie Bertelli (and) I dont honestly think there is a better fitting role for me out there. I was nervous when I started… but I found immediately that everyone was keen to have some new blood in the business. It has been a year since I joined the team and I have loved every second.

Thanks to StarterMotor, there is now a safety net for any apprentices who need support. Some of the support routes offered are financial aid to help with living costs for out of work apprentices, (and) home projects to help continue expanding our skills whilst we are away from work and college.

The ink is barely dry on the 2020 issue of The Concours Year, and yet our friends at Hothouse Media have offered all Auto Royale newsletter subscribers the chance to buy their very own copy for a fraction of the regular price.

2020 might have been the year most of us would prefer to forget, but that doesn’t mean that more than a few events managed to kick off and give us a taste of what is possible in 2021. The Concours Year is a celebration of the very best Concours d’Elegance events in the world.

This stunning 200 page, second edition reports on all of the Concours events that went ahead in 2020 whilst recording those that had to be cancelled. To grab your copy at a friendly 25% off, just use the unique code “Concours25” when you purchase online at www.concoursyear.com

If that’s not enough, we have three copies to give away to some lucky readers, just in time for Christmas.  Just email us at hello@autoroyale.com and let us know which three cars you would most like to see on the lawns of Waddesdon at Auto Royale next July.  Winners will be announced in our next newsletter, just before Christmas, so what are you waiting for?

Ticket Sales

Having refunded every ticket for our cancelled 2020 event, we’re looking forward to launching ticket sales in early January through EventsPass.  Your ticket is not only your entry, but it’s also your passport to the show.
With prices starting at £48 for general admission and £335 for the full VIP package, Auto Royale welcomes genuine car enthusiasts of all stripes.  If you love classic motoring, we guarantee you will not be left out in the cold with enough cars, exhibitors, food and entertainment to fill your day.  For more information, visit the website at  www.autoroyale.org