The first two Chantilly Arts & Elegance events enjoyed ever-increasing success and placed the event among the benchmark international Concours d’Elégance events around the world. Now in its third year the 2016 event continued the tradition.
The show had eight concept cars in the running for the Concours d’Elégance. Entries from the likes of Aston Martin, BMW, Bugatti, DS Automobiles, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce, paired with the Fashion Houses: Balmain, Eymeric François, Giorgio Armani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jorgen Simonsen and Timothy Everest.
All eyes were on the four prizes which were awarded to entrants of the Concours d’Elégance. The Best of Show award went to DS E-TENSE combined with a creation by Eymeric François. The ‘Prix Public’ was awarded to the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Vision and a dress created by Jean-Paul Gaultier. The prize for the motor car and fashion combination for the most beautiful ensemble went to the 570GT by McLaren Special Operations with a model again dressed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. And a special prize was awarded to the new ‘atelier’ motorbike by Zagato, the work of the master coachbuilder from Milan for the Italian manufacturer MV Augusta, which was given its premier at Chantilly.
The Concours d’Etat attracted around one hundred exceptional cars from all over the world and was divided into 21 classes. The jury awarded the Best of Show to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta with coachwork by Touring belonging to American collector, John Shirley. The car was entered in the class Pre-war beginnings of aerodynamics – Closed road-going cars class.
Jean Todt, the president of the FIA (Fédération Interationale de l’Automobile) also awarded several prizes including the one for the class devoted to him in homage to Fifty years of an exceptional career. In it were several cars which he had guided to victory as a co-driver as well as competitions manager at Peugeot and then Ferrari. He was delighted to award the prize to the Peugeot 504 Rally Group 4 and to Jean Guichet, his driver at the time in which they won the 1979 Argentinean rally.
Forty car clubs made the trip to Chantilly bringing more than 800 cars that were on show in the domain. They were an integral part of the event and made a large contribution to the success of the garden party to which everyone was invited.