Concours of Elegance
In 2011, the Royal Household was approached with an idea to hold a concours of elegance – sixty of the most beautiful cars in the World would be displayed at a Royal palace to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen during the following year.
The proposal was put to Graham, who thought immediately that the best location would be the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle. He imagined the drama created by the backdrop of the Castle and proposed that the owners should drive the length of the Long Walk (the straight ceremonial drive from the Copper Horse to the Castle) and enter via the main gates. He liaised with the Dean and Canons of Windsor, so that the owners were treated to choral evensong before a magnificent dinner in St George’s Hall.
Many of the owners said that there was nothing that came close, that it was a simply unforgettable experience. The event was recognised as the best in the World at the International Historic Motoring Awards in 2012 and Graham was the joint winner of the award for ‘Personal Achievement of the Year’. The prime aim of the Concours is to raise significant income for charity.
As Chair of the Steering Group, Graham has ensured that the Concours of Elegance has established itself as one of the prime motoring events in the World and continues to fulfil its charitable objectives.
- 2012 International Historic Motoring Awards ‘Best Event of the Year’
- 2012 International Historic Motoring Awards ‘Personal Achievement of the Year’ (joint winner with Jeremy Jackson Sytner)
INNOVATIVE ENCOURAGEMENT OF CRAFTS SKILLS...
Sculpture Programme for the College of St George
The replacement of decayed sculpture on the façade of St George’s Chapel may not seem to be the most obvious area for creativity, except perhaps in the mind of the scupltors themselves. However, Graham’s imaginative thinking has devised one of the most inspired programmes in the country, recognised by the International Blueprint Awards in 2015.
Recognising that the replacement of sculpture was likely to be a sensitive and perhaps controversial issue, Graham proposed that an advisory group be set up by the College of St George. Comprised of highly experienced professionals, the group agreed the brief for new sculpture. Working closely with the City and Guilds College, the Dean and Canons encouraged students to create new sculpture, firstly as clay maquettes and then, if approved by the advisory group, as stone carvings. Those that were approved by the Fabric Advisory Committee can be seen, or are awaiting installation, on the façade of the Chapel.
This innovative idea has developed the skills of crafts students, who have relished the opportunity that Graham initiated to create a lasting legacy.
- 2015 Highly Commended in the ‘Best Design Innovation Project or Product’ at the Blueprint Awards