Taking place across four consecutive days, Salon Privé is an automotive garden party held in the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Part of the event's draw is that it plays host to a globally-recognised Concours – ‘Salon Privé Concours. d’Elégance' comprised 50 eclectic historic cars and 20 motorbikes this year. The 2019 event saw more than 25,000 visitors attend – a new record – it also witnessed 11 new car debuts, including five UK debuts, five European debuts and one World debut in the form of a 1939 Bentley Corniche from Bentley Motors.
The event ramped-up gradually across the weekend, Saturday seeing the start of two days of celebration of the Bentley marque – 52 examples came together for show in total. The line-up included the oldest Bentley in existence, the 1920 EXP No.2, 1934 Barnato Hassan, the global debut of the aforementioned 1939 Corniche and the 1952 R Type Continental No. 1. While Bentley was being celebrated on the lawns of Blenheim Palace, the inaugural Salon Privé GT Tour was also launched – 61 super and hypercars departed Brooklands for Goodwood to run up the Hill, before returning to Salon Privé on the Sunday.
Sunday saw a world record broken as 1,321 Bentley vehicles gathered together, meanwhile 100 years of Brough Superior was celebrated with six models on display – book-ended by the 1930 SS80 De Luxe and 1939 SS80. At the same time Pagani celebrated 20 years of its Zonda, examples of the Zonda C12, Zonda F Roadster, Zonda Cinque Roadster, Zonda Tricolore and the one-off Zonda 760 ‘Oliver’ were showcased.
Six prestigious car clubs were in attendance at Salon Privé; the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, Bentley Drivers Club, Ferrari Owners’ Club, Lamborghini Club UK, McLaren Owners Club, and Porsche Club of Great Britain,. Together they brought over 500 classic cars and supercars to compete for the inaugural Lockton Club Trophy. A McLaren Senna scooped the top prize.
Find out more about Salon Privé here: www.salonpriveconcours.com