The Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance 2012

With the permission of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth, the Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance took place for the first time and showcased 60 of the rarest and best motor cars in the world. It has been regarded as the premier Concours event which marked the end of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

1 of the 60 rarest & best motor cars in the world was an entry from the Loughran family. They were invited with their Aston Martin DB4 GT-Zagato, Chassis number DB4GT/0189/R. This car is 1 of only 19 produced between 1960 and 1963 and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful Aston Martins of all time. It also featured in the Best of British tour with Prince Charles 1969 Aston Martin DB6 which was used by William & Kate on their wedding day.

Nearly all of the cars in the Concours were driven into the Castle by their owners on the opening day. The Aston Martin DB4-Z owned by the Loughran family was placed in the Sporting Thoroughbred Category along with a 1954 300 SL Coupe Gullwing, Jaguar XKSS, BMW 507, E-Type Roadster & a AC Cobra 289.

The 60 cars were artfully arranged on the immaculate lawn in the walls of the great Castle. There was an incredible mix of 1930s supercars from Avions Voisin, Mercedes-Benz and Horch, post-War classics from Ferrari, Jaguar, Alfas, Aston Martin, Maserati and Porsche... the list goes on and the cars are too numerous to mention all.

Although there was no judging at the show, there was a peoples choice award. This was given to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by Jon and Mary Shirley from the United States. It is a previous Best of Show winner at Pebble Beach in 2008 and at Villa DEste in 2009 and it won the first Watkins Glen race in 1948.

The American car collector Chip Connor summed it all up by saying: The fairy tale drive along the Long Walk and up to Windsor Castle was incredible. The setting is impossible to beat. A truly amazing experience.

The Loughran family said that the roads were magnificent, the scenery specular and the Concours is now regarded as one of the best global events with all proceeds going to charity.