New Rolls Royce Wraith, Bentleys and Bugattis at Downside’s first Concours D’Elegance

PUBLISHED: 14:54 29 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:54 29 April 2014

1932 Riley Gamecock vintage concours

1932 Riley Gamecock vintage concours


Downside Abbey, an iconic landmark in Somerset, will host its first Concours d’Elegance this Sunday.

1935 Rover vintage car concours 1935 Rover vintage car concours

With nearly 80 vintage cars coming along it’s set to be a great family day out over the Bank Holiday weekend. Motoring journalist Mark Whitchurch will be dropping in with the brand new Rolls Royce Wraith to join Aston Martins, a Jenson Open Tourer, Bristols and an Austin Healey. There’s even a vintage Fiat 500 in bright orange.

Vintage and classic cars will be grouped into three classes:

Pre-war – 1945-1967 – 1968-1984

1934 Jaguar SSII vintage concours1934 Jaguar SSII vintage concours

One of the highlights and relevant to the venue is a Squire car, a 1935 Squire Ranalagh Tourer. The designer, Adrian Squire, was a pupil at Downside in the 1920s and designed his first car when he was still at school.

Three judges will have the extremely difficult task of choosing a winner for each Class before the Abbot of Downside, Dom Aidan Bellenger, chooses an overall winner for the ‘Abbot’s Cup’.

Tickets are £5 each, family ticket £15.

To book call 01761 235194.

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