Salon Privé returned earlier this month for its 13th edition, at what now looks to be the event's permanent home, Blenheim Palace. The focal point of this highlight of the automotive calendar was the Chubb Insurance Concours d'Elegance. More than 50 cars, including 17 international entries, and 20 motorcycles were judged by a panel of 17 experts, chaired by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE.
Concours classes included 'Preservation at its Best'; 'Pre-war Bugattis'; 'Pre-war Luxury Tourers'; 'Grand Tourers of the 1950s & 60s'; 'Wind in Your Hair'; 'Best of British at Blenheim Palace'; 'Streamlined Closed Sports Cars'; '50 Years of the Dino'; 'Supercars of the 70s' and 'Competition Cars', and saw the cars paraded around the event via the judge's stage. Class winners included a 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, 1965 Aston Martin DB5 and 1971 Lamborghini Miura S to name a few.
Several of the latest and fastest supercars were also on display in the palace grounds. The Bugatti Chiron, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ were in attendance, with the latter making its European debut. The 'Super Veloce Jota' is Lamborghini's most powerful car to date, despite being based on an almost decade-old design.
The Dendrobium D-1 electric hypercar also made its UK debut. This collaboration between Williams and Singaporean company Vanda Electrics produces 1,800hp and 1,475lb ft, whilst weighing 1,750kg.
Meanwhile our highlights from the show would have to include the Monte Shell liveried Ferrari F40 GT/LM, the drop dead gorgeous 250 LM, the extra-terrestrial Pagani Zonda 760 Oliver Evolution, and a brand-new Ford GT in the car park. One of the coolest cars in the show, however, had to be the 1956 Porsche 550 RS, which was the first ever car to feature a spoiler for downforce - can you tell?
As ever Salon Privé was one of the most memorable moments of a long summer of car shows and concours, and for those itching to be back there, next year's dates already been announced as 5th-7th September 2019, once again hosted by Blenheim Palace.