Sun City, North West - South Africa is about to host its first classic Concours d'Elegance - an event dedicated solely to showcasing the very finest in vintage, luxury and sports cars.
As its spelling indicates, Concours d'Elegance has its roots in 17th century France, when the aristocracy would parade their sporting carriages, and the perfectly matched, beautifully groomed teams of horses that drew them, through the parks of Paris.
With the advent of the automobile, Concours d'Elegance became contests between carmakers, custom coachbuilders and enthusiastic owners, whose creations were judged on the beauty of their designs and the perfection of their execution.
For example, Cynthia van den Broeke, then a graphic artist at our sister print publication the Cape Times, got a special mention at a concours in Cape Town in the 1960s because her stylish ensemble exactly matched the colour of her immaculate Triumph TR3A roadster.
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