Concours is an important part of the Club’s social calendar. It’s a twice-yearly opportunity for Members to have their cars judged for both conditions and originality by the Club’s experts.
Automotive Concours fall into two main categories: Concours d’Elegance and Concours D’Etat. The former is mainly about style and design while the latter is about cleanliness and originality. It’s the latter version that occupies the Club in Spring and Autumn of each year in the UK. Other concours events also take place at Regional AMOC events outside of the UK, but usually on a less frequent basis. Members’ cars can also be seen at non-AMOC concours events around the world.
The bi-annual AMOC concours are hugely popular and often see in excess of 300 Aston Martin cars in attendance. The events are supported by an army of volunteers and a core team of judges who don their pristine white coats to run their gloved fingers along spotless paintwork and peer into the inner recesses where specks of dirt may reside, despite the best efforts of the car’s owner to remove them!
Trophies are awarded to the winners of each category, along with a range of sponsor products, such as Champagne Taittinger. Enamelled plaques are awarded to the top three competitors and can often be seen adorning the dashboards of previously successful cars.
For more information about how to enter your car, how to be a concours judge or to volunteer to help at any of the events, please contact AMOC.
Compton Verney is home to six diverse collections of nationally and internationally significant art from around the world, including British Folk Art, Chinese bronzes, British Portraits and works from Northern Europe and Naples and our venue for the Autumn Concours 2016.
Our Concours d'Etat continues to be the premier event of the year in the AMOC global event calendar and Duxford Imperial War Museum, the largest aviation museum in the UK, makes an interesting backdrop for entrants and visitors alike.
With the gracious permission of Her Majesty the Queen, Windsor Castle will be the exceptional setting for the 2016 event. As the venue for the very first Concours of Elegance in 2012, Windsor Castle has been a firm favourite among car collectors, enthusiasts and visitors alike.
Her Majesty The Queen has graciously granted her permission for the Concours to be held at her official residence in Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, uniquely marking the fourth consecutive year this award-winning event has been held at a Royal venue.