This first rendezvous, the result of two years’ hard work by the organiser Peter Auto, which has built up its international reputation with two major events for historic motor cars – the Tour de France Auto Optic 2ooo and Le Mans Classic - celebrated the return to French soil of the Concours d’Elégance.
This great national tradition dating from the 20s was revived on Sunday in the Le Nôtre gardens in the Château in Chantilly. On the programme was a parade of 10 concept cars from manufacturers accompanied by models dressed by the same number of haute couture houses. Three world premières took place: the Aston Martin Zagato, the DS Divine and the Peugeot Exalt (French version). There was also a European première the McLaren P1 GTR.
The Concours d’Etat brought together some 100 exceptional cars from the greatest collections from all over the world divided up into ten classes. Finally, there was a third concours – the Clubs Grand Prix – which welcomed almost 500 cars and rewarded the best setting by a club in the context of the Déjeuner sur l’Herbe (see below the results of the different concours).
Almost 10 000 spectators attended the first running of the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, which has immediately become part of that very elite circle of the most outstanding events of its type. Numerous workshops celebrating the French Art de Vivre and Savoir Faire were also very popular as were the various forms of entertainment for the general public.
This elegant Sunday in the country also satisfied the numerous partners who put their confidence in Peter Auto, which has already announced that the second event will take place on the first Sunday in September 2015.
Patrick Peter (organiser): "We’re very happy with the first event. Major collectors from all over the world were here today. We were awaiting their reaction with impatience. This evening they’re absolutely delighted and that includes the regulars at the main yardstick concours d’élégance. Thanks to the exceptional setting provided by the Chantilly Château our event has different advantages. We now know that we can count on word of mouth to expand it for the second running which will take place next year at the same date. Today, some 10 000 spectators came to Chantilly included those who already follow us at the circuits. We also saw that there was considerable interest among people who don’t usually bother attending this type of event. Of course, there are details in the first one that we’ll improve, and the second concours will be all the better for it."