The Zoute Grand Prix took place for the eighth time in the Belgian coastal town of Knokke-Heist at the beginning of October 2017. Highlights of the event were a rally, the Concours D’Elegance and the Bonhams auction. The charm of the event lies in its diversity. Even modern super sports cars are allowed to participate at this event.
On Friday and Saturday, the participants entered the Zoute rally in the center of the Belgian seaside resort. Unfortunately, the weather was not at its best and did not make it easy for the drivers of the open pre-war vehicles. It was partly raining. But this did not interupt the driving pleasure among the participants and so it was a pleasant ending for many riders in the season 2017. On Friday the route led to Oudenaarde and the Flemish Ardennes. Saturday led the route along the coast through Zeeland-Flanders, with a stop in Yersenke.
Despite the bad weather, a total of 200,000 visitors came to admire the cars at the Zoute Grand Prix. On Sunday, the weather still surprised with a lot of sunshine and so most of the visitors came on Sunday to the Zoute Concours D’Elagnce and the lined up “Flying Quarter Mile”.
At the Zoute Concours D’Elegance, the Creme de la Creme vehicles of the Belgian collectors were to be admired. On the lawn of the golf course, automobile beauties gathered from all over the world. Brands such as Bugatti, BMW, Mercedes, Skoda, Siata, Ferrari, Mini, Alfa Romeo, to name a few exhibited vehicles on the Concours field. There were three classes only on the subject of the 70 years centenary of Ferrari. But in the end, the Aston Martin DB5 “James Bond” from 1964 won the price “Best in Show”. The owner of the 1972 Citroen SM-Mylord Chapron was the winner of the award “Best-preserved vehicle in the original condition”. The 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet with Pinin Farina bodywork received the price for the most outstanding design. The jury’s special “Coup de Coeur” won the Skoda Popular “Monte Carlo”.