Just as in Sion park the new car show and the classics concours is separated giving the visitors the
impression of visiting two events at the same time. Whereas at Sion parc the house itself was a natural barrier
between the two fields at Blenheim the extended lunch and coffee area was set up in between. Part of the
experience at the Salon Privé is the annual grilled lobster and the champagne from one of the main sponsors
The concours featured 69 cars and bikes from different eras separated in 9 classes ranging from the prewar
sports cars to a selection of Ferrari with Pininfarina Design. For several decades now the name Ferrari and
Pininfarina are interlinked as most of the new Ferraris are clearly a Pininfarina design. But not just in this
class one could see several Ferrari including the small early 206 GT Dino, the 250 GT Lusso of the later 365
GTS/4 but also in the class for open cars a 250 GT and 275 GTS Cabriolet or the wonderful 250 TDF
alongside the SWB Berlinetta in the Gentlemen’s GT class. Especially the 250 TdF drew a lot of attention just
finishing a superb restoration including a posh but most likely completely impractical red velvet interior. The
TdF was lined up with the other class winners for the much awaited Best of Show award. Surprisingly not in
the selection due to “only” a second in class was the 1938 Delahaye 135 MS from the Mullin collection.
Although one of the highlights of every event and multiple concours winner the two-tone blue Delahaye had to
leave first in class the black-white Lagonda V12 Cabriolet, also from a very prominent collection, the stable of
Sir Anthony Bamford. But as the judges were convinced by the fresher restoration of the Lagonda the public
only had eyes for the lines of the car and so the Delahaye won the first of the two main awards, the BoS by
The judges had a longer discussion that followed the judging in the morning and most likely different opinions
about the winners were exchanged over the lunch with the fresh lobster.
After reducing the choice to a final two cars the last car to enter the stage was the 1952 Jaguar XK120
Jabbeke named after the record run of Norman Dewis at the Beach of Jabbeke in Belgium.
Although not a concours car in the common sense with the modified standard Jaguar body including the
bubble roof for the driver to reduce drag this very important car was well in the focus of many events in the
past and finally got the recognition its history deserved with this Best of Show.
For today we have to leave it with this short report on this event as the weekend has a lot more to see with the
opening of the Concours in Edinburgh today, the Bonhams auction on Saturday and the final concours of the
weekend in Chantilly.
In the next weeks more images and most likely a closer look at some of the cars will follow
Text & images … Peter Singhof