The Chantilly Castle was built in the 16th century by Louis Joseph. However, after the French Revolution in the 18th century, the castle became national property. After being used as a prison for some time, it was renovated in 1815 into a large library with many art exhibition rooms. Currently, the overall area of the Chantilly Castle is 8,000 hectares (19,768 acres), with its ancient architecture and a courtyard consisting of fountains, ponds, and a park.
On September 4th, 2016, the Daine de Chantilly castle became the stage for the convergence of cars, which are considered works of art by car enthusiasts. The event featured world-class names and brands.
Three exhibitions were held at the castle. The first exhibition was “The Grand Condé, rival of the Sun King?” held in the Jeu de Paume hall, displaying more than 120 important historical works and documents, including reputable works borrowed from important museums in France and abroad. Car enthusiasts and participants were fascinated by the event, which honored the greatest artists in the history of the automotive industry and the art world.
The second exhibition was the Concours d’Elegance, which evaluated future car designers and their cars based on aesthetic beauty. The winner was the DS E-Tense car, accompanied by a model wearing a dress designed by Eymeric François.
The third exhibition was the Concours d’État, which evaluated hundreds of cars based on criteria such as restoration, current condition, and historical significance. The top prize, the Richard Mille “Best of Show,” was awarded to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B.
The event also included the Concours des Clubs, where 800 cars from 40 car clubs were evaluated not only for their appearance and restoration quality but also for artistic arrangements that made them beautiful like a “picnic on the grass” painting.
In 2017, the luxury watch brand Richard Mille and Peter Auto will host the event for the fourth time on September 10th at the Château de Chantilly, welcoming car enthusiasts from around the world to experience a grand celebration of cars.
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