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The 2019 London Concours Icons Class, sponsored by Footman James, in association with Azure, was won by the 1912 ‘Taj Mahal’ Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost of Katie Forrest.

In a category comprising 13 truly special vehicles, the iconic cars were all invited to attend the prestigious international concours held in the manicured and historic grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London.

After much deliberation by the judges, the 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was awarded the trophy for its incredible condition, remarkable provenance and engaging back story.

Ordered new by Rolls-Royce Bombay, it was built for the Indian market and was designed to withstand tropical climate and usage. Specified with additional features, including higher coachwork to protect occupants from wildlife and with upgraded wiring to survive the Indian heat, the Silver Ghost was named the ‘Taj Mahal’. It was purchased new from the dealership by the Maharaja of Nabha in 1912 and remained in his ownership until the 1990s when it was returned to the UK and purchased by its current owner for use on club events and rallies.

Sympathetically restored over two decades, the Silver Ghost has been regularly enjoyed ever since, and has covered more than 75,000 miles in this time. Affectionately known by the owner’s family as ‘Nellie’, owing to its grey colour and elephantine proportions, the car was presented on the lawn of the HAC by the owner’s daughter, who has herself competed in motorsport events, in the vehicle, on many occasions.

Katie Forrest was presented the Icon award by Managing Director of Footman James, David Bond.

She said: ‘It is a great surprise and huge honour to win this award when up against such a collection of wonderful cars in this category. ‘Nellie’ is not usually shown at these sorts of events as she is used so often over the summer, but it’s a pleasure to display her for the public to enjoy. It’s also a real joy to share this moment together with my parents, as we have always enjoyed the car together as a family.”

David Bond added: “It is a pleasure to be able to present this award to a vehicle that is not only historically important, but also wonderfully cared for and regularly used by its owner and his family. In a category that included many stand-out vehicles, the decision was not an easy one but we felt this vehicle was deserving of recognition as a true icon of the motoring world.”

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Collector and classic car insurance specialist, Footman James, has joined forces with the Concours of Elegance as the event's official insurance partner.


Collector and classic car insurance specialist, Footman James, has joined forces with the Concours of Elegance as the event’s official insurance partner. Representing a stand-out partnership in the collector car space, leading automotive insurance specialist, Footman James, has joined forces with the Concours of Elegance. Named as the official insurance partner, Footman James will also present a stand-alone paddock hosting iconic cars throughout event at Hampton Court Palace from 6-8 September 2019.

The dynamic display will be a representation of the types of cars that Footman James insures through its bespoke Private Clients policies. Playing host to the specialist insurance team, they will curate a paddock of eight hand-picked, rare and iconic cars, which will change each day of the Concours of Elegance.

Discussing the official insurance partnership with the Concours of Elegance, Footman James Managing Director David Bond said, “The Concours of Elegance is one of the most prestigious global collector car events, and our strategic partnership represents a new era for both organisations.

“As Footman James turns its focus to the Private Clients offering, protecting high-value collections and one-off supercars and hypercars, it’s a great time to align with such a well-known and respected concours. It’s going to be an amazing event and one we’re delighted to be partnered with as a business.”

The announcement follows the news that Footman James will sponsor ‘The Icons’ category at next month’s London Concours (5-6 June) in association with Azur. The London Concours is organised by Concours of Elegance, an organisation that has been put together by leading minds and judges, working in partnership with world-renowned collectors, owners and the rarest cars in the world.

Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Managing Director, said: "The Concours of Elegance is a gathering of not only the finest cars in the world, but some of the finest brands and businesses in the world, too. Each of our partners is hand-picked because they deliver a service or a product of a quality that's perfectly in-tune with the world-class experience we're looking to deliver. Footman James is one of those partners; its enviable reputation for excellent customer service and a number of flexible options for valuable cars and car collections makes it our perfect Official Insurance Partner."

While the full line-up hasn’t been announced for the Concours of Elegance from 6-8 September 2019, the organisers promise a selection of 60 hand-picked cars from around the world, many of which will have never been before in the UK, plus the world’s first celebration of Aston Martin and Zagato. The display will include a number of extremely rare, as well as several unique, models, including one of the most famous racing Aston Martins in history, the DB4 GT Zagato ‘1 VEV’. Taking their place alongside ‘1 VEV’ are one-off cars including the V12 Vanquish Roadster Zagato, DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial and Virage Shooting Brake Zagato Centennial.

Tickets and more information can be found on the Concours of Elegance website. To learn more about Footman James’ Private Clients insurance solutions for high-net-worth individuals and their collector cars and homes, please use the following link.