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The UK’s first automotive event to take place since lockdown

by Saul Leese

The London Concours, organised by Thorough Events, will go ahead on 19-20 August. The event has been given approval to go ahead by the venue The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) providing it adheres to physical distancing guidelines.

This will be the UK’s first major automotive event to take place since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the organisers have created a new operational plan that includes revised hospitality, audience capacity and increased venue space as well as separate morning and afternoon tickets.

Andrew Evans, director, London Concours, explained that once the government had permitted market traders to return to business it also created an opportunity for outside events. He said: “We’re enormously excited by this breakthrough. The event has received so much support from partnering brands and we look forward to welcoming many more in addition to our visiting guests. We can, and we will, create an extraordinary event comparable to previous years thanks to our robust event plan.”

Visitors will be be able to see curated feature displays of ‘The Lost Marques’ – a collection of car manufacturers lost to time, ‘The Speed of Sand’, a display of Hot Rods that annually gather on Pendine Sands, and ‘The Era of the Hypercar’ which collects the latest performance cars.

Rowan Kitching, director of events, HAC, explained: “We are delighted to support London Concours in their decision to return for 2020.  We are fortunate at The HAC to have our five acre Artillery Garden as one of our available event spaces.  This hugely affects the decision making process for restarting activity as we’re dealing with a large open outdoor space, supported by indoor spaces for facilities.

“We set a clear approval process to support the decision to proceed, which took into account all key stakeholders and our duty of care from a legislative and compliance point of view.  Working through the detail of each and every operational process The HAC team have updated working practices to meet current guidance surrounding reopening under COVID-19 restrictions.

“Everything from access control, through signage and of course cleaning regimes has been completely ‘scrubbed’.  Front and centre to all our planning sits the welfare of any person we welcome on site, from our HAC staff and event contractors to our event organisers and in turn their visitors.  It has been challenging, and saddening, to see so many of our beautiful venues closed for these last few months, albeit understandably to support efforts to stop the spread of the virus.  The recovery ahead will not be straight forward, but we all recognise the value that face to face opportunities have within our sector and hugely support the safe return of live events.”

The London Concours will feature 100 automotive icons from the modern day to the early 20th Century, at the HAC’s 20,000sqm lawn near to Bank and Moorgate. Over the two days visitors will also be able to see displays from specialist automotive dealers and manufacturers. Evans explained that London Concours is an ‘automotive garden party’ with boutiques from watchmakers, Montres Breguet, arthouses, fashion brands and fine food and drink.

For more information go to www.londonconcours.co.uk


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