Thousands of classic and supercars, which this year would have been appearing at concours events around the globe but are instead languishing in garages, now have the chance of taking part in an online concours that could raise thousands of pounds for Unicef.
Concours Virtual will be run across social media and the website www.concoursvirtual.com to give owners the chance of taking part in a global event and to allow enthusiasts around the world to see some of the best cars ever made. The cars will be judged by a group of motoring experts and celebrities.
The online concours, which starts on June 30 and runs until August 9, has already attracted dozens of vehicles and a unique group of expert judges, from Wayne Carini, the TV star of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Chasing Classic Cars’, to classic car collector and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, and Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival founder, the Duke of Richmond.
Nick Mason said, “Given the present circumstances, a virtual concours is far superior to no event at all! But perhaps best of all, it’s an opportunity to raise much needed funds for that most worthy of organisations – Unicef.”
The Duke of Richmond said, “I am delighted to be involved in the Concours Virtual. It’s a difficult time for events in the classic car world and this is a creative response and at the same time supports the great work of Unicef.”
Wayne Carini said: “In the midst of the global pandemic, with most car events postponed or cancelled for the year, it will be great to get together and share our passion for the automobile at a virtual concours, while raising money for a wonderful charity. Unicef has been helping children around the world since 1946 and during this worldwide pandemic they need our help more than ever.”
The concours has 17 classes, ranging from Cars of the Art Deco period to Concept Cars of the 1970s, and 70 years of Formula 1. There will also be a special tribute class to the late Sir Stirling Moss. The classes will be judged by more than 40 judges from the world of classic and supercars, who will ultimately choose the Best in Show. Collectors who are interested in submitting their car for the Concours should visit the website www.concoursvirtual.com and register their interest.
Concours Virtual donations to Unicef can be made via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/concoursvirtual, with the aim of raising £100,000 for the charity. Funds will come into the UK office for global distribution.