In many ways it was the highlight of my June/July - the finest cars, the finest weather, in the finest location. From a content point of view too, this event is a creator's paradise - even more so when you have early access to the concours, and use of Auto Ethica's DJI Mavic drone - this really was heaven.
But the event is so much more than the 30 or so cars parked on the tiered concours area. Stretched over 3 days, the event needs to provide more for attendees, owners, partners and media. And oh boy does it.
Along with a 50-mile road rally route for owners and members to participate in on a quest for lunch, the organisers also staged a quarter-mile hillclimb/time attack/drag strip hybrid event for vehicles like the McLaren P1 GTR you see above, GT2 RS, DS3 rally car, a Peugeot DAKAR truck, and even the World-Record-holding Bugatti Veyron SuperSport.
I have also never seen any car actually be applauded as it rolled up to the start line of a hillclimb - yet in his Ferrari 250 GTO, Nick Mason earned a more than a few cheers as he lined up. Giving it a boot-full up the hill earned him a few more, too.
In the world of Instagram and social media, exclusive content doesn't come about very often. With the wave of car spotters that storm most events nowadays, capturing those rare, unique photos is getting harder and harder. Luckily, on the Saturday evening, Heveningham provided. Guests were treated to a live band, food, drinks, and a wonderful sunset - in grounds of the hall, surrounded by the finest cars in the world. If you had a camera, now was the time to use it.
Before March this year, if you'd asked me about Heveningham Concours, I wouldn't have been able to tell you anything. But, 2 months later, what I can tell you is that I'll be going back - year after year.