Coachlines - September 2020

06.09.20 Liveryman Christopher Tate

Coachmakers’ cars at the London Concours

Brian Horner’s Healey 100S & Hugh Mayes’ Talbot Alpine

Pictured above: Roger Woodbridge with Hugh Mayes and his Talbot Alpine

The London Concours, set in the peaceful and expansive grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company, just off City Road, EC1 was held on the 19th and 20th August.

Julian Leach’s Bentley Azure

Coachmakers were present in good numbers at this great celebration of our craft’s skills, with more than 100 classic and modern supercars from manufacturers, dealers and car clubs and their owners on display arranged around various themes. And one highlight of the show was our own special display of six Coachmakers’ cars.

Organised by your ever-active Livery Committee, we welcomed Hugh Mayes and his 1934 Talbot Alpine, Kerry Wilson with the JLR XKSS continuation, Brian Horner with the unique aluminium bodied Healey 100S, Graeme Hunt’s 1958 Bentley Continental, Simon Gurney’s superb Jaguar 1965 E Type and Julian Leach’s lovely Bentley Azure. We lined up appropriately outside the Searcy’s dining marquee, and were much admired by the thousands of visitors, happy to be out at the first such event held anywhere in the UK, and excellently managed under all the necessary health regulations by our friends at Thorough Events, who had invited us to take part.

Whilst the weather was not kind on the first day, the sun came out and the cars looked their best for Thursday 20th August. As this was the first public event for any Coachmakers, or probably for any Livery company since March, it was encouraging to see such enthusiasm among the crowds and our special thanks to all those who took part.