In 2005, Nicolas van Frausum, an Antwerp-based car enthusiast, started the tradition of an annual event with the purpose to gather some exclusive cars, both vintage and modern, in a tremendous environment. About 80 cars are selected from all the soliciting cars. The organization’s norms are rarity, originality, exclusivity, and authenticity. Each year there’s a theme too, and in his year the main role was played by the Italian carmaker with the horse in its shield: Ferrari.
The 2-day event took place in the park of the Belvedere Castle in Wijnegem, just 10 miles from Antwerp. On Saturday, the cars took a scenic drive through the neighborhood under a blue sunny sky. Sunday the cars were parked all over the park of the Belvedere Castle. During our visit, it was quite crowded, and the surrounding streets were filled with cars parked left and right of the public roads.
Once at the gate of the castle, it was obvious to any ignorant that accidentally passed by. Only enter the premises when you’re bitten by the car virus, if you don’t want to have a boring day. The lawn in front of the castle was completely filled with cars forming the main theme: Ferrari’s of all kinds and ages.
When strolling over the lawns in the park, all you noticed were people smiling, enjoying a good drink, admiring the cars, warming up in the sun, and chat cars. In the meantime, the international jury inspected the cars on authenticity and originality. Shortly after noon, the Concours participants drove in a parade on the driveway in front of the castle, where the jury had taken place, and the crowd admired the beautiful and exclusive cars passing by.
Results of the 10th Antwerp Concours d’Elegance
BEST PREWAR SPORT 1934 SINGER LE MANS (Matthé, B)
BEST PREWAR LUXE 1912 RENAULT AX LABOURDETTE (collectionThiery, B)
CARS OF THE 2014 MILLE MIGLIA 1930 LAGONDA 2-LITRE BROOKLANDS DOUBLE 12 (LMB, B)
OPEN TOP CHIQUE 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD (Van Oekel, B)
CENTO ANNI DI MASERATI 1964 MASERATI SEBRING 3500 GTIS (Visser, NL)
SMALL, RARE & DESIRABLE 1968 VW KARMANN-GHIA TYPE 34 (Peeters, B)
PORSCHE’S TO THE LIMIT 1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A SPEEDSTER (Joosen, B)
50’s & ‘60’s BRITISH SPORTCARS 1959 TRIUMPH 2000 ITALIA (Dekens, B)
2014 EXPO FERRARI
PRE-1980 FERRARI 1973 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 DAYTONA SPIDER (Bierman, NL)
POST-1980 FERRARI 2005 FERRARI 575 SUPERAMERICA (Vermeulen, B)
BEST FERRARI OVERALL 1953 FERRARI 166 MM COUPE PF #0346M (H.P.N. Koel, NL)
LONGEST DISTANCE (over the road) 1973 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 DAYTONA SPIDER (Bierman, NL)
PRIX ‘DANS SON JUS’ 1929 BENTLEY 4.5 LITRE LE MANS (Callens-Jessen, B)
BEST RESTORATION 1954 FIAT 1100-103TV ALLEMANO (Smit, NL)
PRIX DU PUBLIC 1950 FERRARI 166MM TOURING #0064M (Beecham, UK)
SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY 1954 TRIUMPH TR2 ‘WORKS’ OVC.276 (Quirynen, B)
BEST PERIOD OUTFIT 1963 CITROEN DS19 CABRIOLET USINE (Willemen, B)
2014 BEST OF SHOW – Prix Meguiar’s 1924 BALLOT 2 LT/TS LAGACHE-GLASZMANN (Plasch, B)
Picture gallery of the 10th Antwerp Concours d’Elegance
Pictures courtesy Vintage Race Photography