Under a glorious late September sky, the Domaine de Chantilly was once again the dream setting for the Garden Party, Chantilly Arts etÉlégance Richard Mille which has now become must an unmissable date in the early autumn calendar.

Nabil Ibrahim

This year’s 6thedition attracted more visitors than ever before.20 000, many in their Sunday best, ambled down Memory Lane retracing the history of some of the world’s most iconic motorcars. From the conception of this unique event back in 2014, Richard Mille has been present as the title sponsor. Each year the brand’s dedicated space is a source of both inspiration and curiosity. Visitors found themselves in a bucolic timewarp, beamed into a seemingly ancient past where beautiful green goddesses were entwined with the walls and foliage, against the canvass of the blue sky above. A 60s Citroën DScar emerged, cupped in the clasp of godlike giant fingers, from some hermetic netherworld. The vert degris statues of enchanting divinities looked on bemused as visitors mingled.

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The competition was fun, but fierce. 40 clubs presented some 700 cars on display throughout the grounds.Vehicles from all over the world scanned the entirety of the 20thcentury (the oldest was from 1905),all coveting prizes in the different categories. The Concours d’État was won by a Hispano-Suiza H6CDubonnet Xenia (1938) for the years before 1939 and a Talbot Lago T26 GS Barchetta Motto (1950)for the post-war period. The Aston Martin DBR22 obtained the Best of Show Concours d’Élégance andThe Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club walked off with the Grand Prix des Clubs FFVE. In an echo of the 1920’sConcours d’Élégance, were associated with a leading Maison de couture. A special tribute was alsopaid to the 24 Hours of Le Mans celebrating its Centenary next year.