The 2019 Footman James Concours d’Elegance at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb awarded both the prestigious ‘People’s Choice’ award, and the Judges award to the magnificent 1931 Alfa Romeo 1750 6C, from a private collection.
The 1931 Alfa Romeo was entered in the 1926-1950 class and won a unanimous victory across two awards to be crowned the ultimate winner of the prestigious classic car event, held alongside the famous Hill Climb in the grounds of the Chateau Impney Hotel.
The Judges’ choice award was deliberated over by a carefully chosen panel of experts in the automotive world.
Managing Director of Footman James, David Bond, joined in the judging by the founder and editor of Evo magazine, Harry Metcalfe, who is also now known for his YouTube channel, Harry’s Garage (sponsored by Footman James).
The other two judges were former Top Gear researcher and TV personality, Alex Riley, and renowned car journalist and presenter, Vicki Butler-Henderson, who is also Alex’s co-host on ‘The Car Years’ – an ITV4 motoring television show also sponsored by Footman James.
A wide variety of special vehicles were invited to compete across four categories themed on “Through the Ages”. Separated into 25-year increments, the event spanned more than 90 years of motoring greatness and two highlight vehicles from the categories included a 1919 Ford Model T Petrol tanker, resplendent in its yellow and red Shell livery, as well as a rare and wonderful 1984 Jaguar XJS 3.6, with an interior trimmed in Burberry check cloth, which is one of only two ever produced.
Awarded the top prize by the judges, the 1931 Alfa Romeo 1750 6C has been in the same ownership for more than 45 years. Over this time the vehicle has been regularly used by its owner both on the road and on racetracks.
Until recently the car was unrestored but the owner commissioned a sympathetic nut-and-bolt revitalisation of the car to bring it up to the wonderful condition that it is in today, during which time it was converted to the four-seater touring configuration which it now enjoys. The owner has stated that she will continue to use the car in the same way. Now it hopes to take part in hill climbs later in the summer.
David Bond said: “This remarkable example of a pre-war road and race car was a very deserving winner of the Footman James Concours d’Elegance. Not only does it enjoy a wonderful history at the hands of its current owner, who has used and enjoyed throughout her time with the car, but it is also in incredible condition.
“Thanks to a deeply sympathetic restoration this historic vehicle has been preserved, not only for the owner but for all those that attend the event to see such cars.”