By Paul Rogers
Concours d’Elégance date from 17th Century France where the aristocracy paraded their highly ornate horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. In time, the carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competitive ‘beauty pageant’ for automobile owners. Today, HRH Prince Michael of Kent is the patron of the St James's Concours of Elegance where sixty of the worlds rarest cars gather at the Royal Mews. They're then driven in convoy past Buckingham Palace to Marlborough House Gardens where they are on display to the public for three days. The event supports a number of charities in the field of cancer care.
I was lucky enough to be given a ride in the back of a 1931 Bentley, and although it was only for a few minutes, and we probably never got over 30mph, the sheer power of a 80 year old car, capable of 100mph was memorable. Here's a selection of some of the images I shot for The Times.
Starting with HRH Prince Michael of Kent leaving the Royal Mews in a 1933 Napier-Railton 24 litre special.
Here is some more of my editorial work for The Times.