The Long Walk: Bentley at The 2016 Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle
Back in 1680, when Charles II first planted a long double avenue of elm trees along the route to Windsor Castle, it is certain he imagined the great events that might take place along such a proud avenue. Fondly called “The Long Walk,” the 2.65 mi./4.26 km. boulevard, replanted with oaks, horse chestnuts, and London planetrees, will again host the world’s finest motor cars as the 2016 Concours of Elegance welcomes automobile enthusiasts, Sept. 2-4, 2016. In its fifth year, the event welcomes one of the finest collections of Bentley motorcars to this very prestigious show.
One of the most celebrated events on the schedule is Bentley Sunday. Rewarding two of the top customer cars selected from the 150 Bentley entries expected this year, the Trophy of Elegance awards will be given on the same day Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her 90th year. To honor that milestone, Bentley will display three cars launched during the Queen’s lifetime. The very first models of the Continental GT and the Bentayga will join Her Majesty The Queen’s State Limousine, offering a unique exhibit of these iconic British automobiles built at the company’s Crewe headquarters.
Overall, more than 150 Bentley cars will be on display at the show, including the 1930 Six-Speed Van den Plas Tourer, “Old No. 2,” which finished 2nd behind “Old No. 1” at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours Race. Along with Bentley’s newer Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase and Bentayga will be the Rolls Royce Phantom III Thrupp & Moberly, the Aston Martin Ulster Competition, the Talbot Lago Pourtout Coupe, and the Mercedes Benz 540 Cabriolet, a late 1930s-era supercharged model capable of 100 mph.
The show begins on Friday, Sept. 2, with Owners Day, followed by public viewing on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4, with awards on the last day. A key partner of the Concours, Bentley is joined by Taittinger Champagne, Collier Dobson, AIG, and a number of other motorcar companies, all helping to donate to the Queen’s QEST scholarships, the Queen’s Choral Foundation, the Household Cavalry Foundation, and the Springfield Youth Club Hackney charities.