Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
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Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance with an expanded format
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London, September, 2021

The 2021 edition of the Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance presented by Aviva, saw an expanded format over previous runnings, with a full six days of activity from the Tuesday through to the Sunday. It also saw the gathering return to its regular early September date, after last year’s event was rescheduled to the middle of the month over Covid lockdown fears. This year the vagaries of the British weather were relatively kind, in that there was no rain, although for the early part of the week it was fairly cool and generally overcast, gradually brightening up towards the weekend, with the final Sunday bathed in bright warm sunshine.

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As noted the event had was expanded by a day so that the concours cars remained on the lawn through concours ICJAG judging on the Wednesday, with Honorary judging on the Thursday and the traditional Boodles Ladies Day on the Friday. There was the Car Club Trophy presented by Lockton on the Saturday and the Classic & Supercar gathering on the Sunday. The main concours lawn remained open for the final two days, albeit with a change of machinery to themed displays, including celebrations of the anniversaries of the Lotus Esprit and Rolls Royce Corniche, 45 years and 50 years respectively. There were also two special displays of rally cars celebrating anniversaries, one delayed from last year being the 25th anniversary of Colin McRae’s World Rally Championship win, whilst the other was the 20th anniversary of Richard Burns’ title. These were also celebrated with display runs by a variety of rally cars on the carriageway from the Palace down to and over Vanbrugh's Grand Bridge overtheRiver Glyme on the Sunday afternoon. It is anticipated that this was a prelude to a full rally stage as part of the gathering in 1922.

A further new feature on the show field was a curated display on the cricket pitch under the title of “The Red Collection”, featuring a study in various shades of red of a dozen of the most iconic and valuable cars, including the 2020 Best of Show winning Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, the 1949 Le Mans winning Ferrari 166 MM, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”, a Ferrari 250 GTO, a Ferrari F40 and a Mclaren F1. There were also a number of World, European or UK launches on the manufacturer or dealer stands, including the world debut of the Ferrari 488 based Touring Superleggera Arese RH95, the “95” referring to the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the carrozzeria in Milan. Italy was also represented by the UK debuts of the Pininfarina Battista Anniversario, the Giugiaro Kangaroo and the Estrema Fulminea, whilst Kimera had a running example of their 037, alongside a Lancia 037, to which it is a modern tribute, on display. Spain was represented by the Hispano Suiza Carmen, a full electric powered hypercar, named after the granddaughter of the company founder. There was also a great variety of offerings on the numerous dealer stands, ranging from a Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupé on the Furlonger stand, through a spectacular study in yellow on the DK Engineering stand courtesy of a pair of Ferraris, a F50 and an Enzo, whilst Tom Hartley Jnr’s display included another yellow Ferrari, a 599 GTO and a carbon finish Bugatti Chiron, with H.R. Owen representing Bugatti showing another Chiron, this being a Super Sport finished in a very pale blue. Apart from the motor trade stands there was also a broad spectrum of lifestyle offerings, apart from the expansive Boodles pavilion and the new for 2021 TIME pavilion, featuring some of the world’s leading and most renowned horologists, there were offerings as diverse as alcoholic beverages, art, clothing, shotguns, bespoke motorcycles, silverware and stereo to helicopters.

The gathering started with its traditional tour on the Tuesday, where participants were allowed to use their concours car, or alternatively a suitable alternative, i.e. of classic or sporting nature. The tour route was expanded this year to encompass both the morning and afternoon, as opposed to the morning only last year. Thus it provided a broader variety of bucolic charm, with participants able to meander through the scenic byways of the beautiful Cotswold countryside, with its picturesque stone built villages and small towns, at their own pace. It started from south courtyard of Blenheim Palace, heading generally south-west towards the magnificent Grittleton House near Chippenham for the lunch stop, with the afternoon stage taking a different route back to Woodstock, Blenheim Palace and the concours lawn.

The cars entered in the concours provided a truly broad spectrum of both road and race machinery, on both two and four wheels, ranging from a 1903 Panhard & Levassor 80hp in the Early Pioneers Class through to a 1998 Aston Martin Project Vantage in the Classics of the Future Class. Along the way there was a diverse selection of pre-war machinery in two classes, Tourers and Sports, including the class winning 1938 Mercedes 540K Cabriolet A Sindelfingen in the former one and the Jaguar SS100, winner of the latter one. The post war classes had a wide spread of marques and models, including an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupé, a Tatra T87, a Ferrari 750 Monza, a Delahaye 235 Cabriolet, a Ford GT40, a Ferrari 330 GTS and a De Tomaso Mangusta, whilst there was a separate class celebrating 60 Years of the Jaguar E-Type. There were also two motorcycle classes in which the offerings ranged from a 1901 Triumph ¾ hp Minerva to a 1975 MV Agusta 750 Sport, with a pair of later display only examples. One of these was an amazing one man engineering feat, the Millyard Kawasaki Z1 Super Six, where the standard four cylinder engine had a further two cylinders added to make it an in-line six!

The class winners and runners-up were announced during the Wednesday afternoon, with the Best of Show award being, chosen from the class winners, held over until Boodles Ladies day on the Friday. After 48 hours of suspense for the class winning entrants, all was revealed during the afternoon, when the magnificent 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Sindelfingen in the Pre-War Tourers class took the coveted award, beating the 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupé by Touring, which took the runner-up spot.

On the Thursday evening there was the “Woodstock Live” event where a number of the concours cars and dealer cars were paraded through the streets of Woodstock and around the market place, for locals to enjoy the sights and sounds, which were followed by live music in the market place. The club day on Saturday saw a number of prestigious car clubs descend upon the lawns around the palace, where notably there was a sea of multihued Lamborghinis with nearby another sea of almost equally flamboyantly painted McLarens, along with Jaguars, Lotuses etc. The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain had secured pole position so to speak, as they had the south courtyard as there display area, attracting around a hundred examples. Each marque had awards for the Manufacturer’s and Secretary’s choice prizes, deliberated by an independent panel, during the course of the day.

Classic & Supercar Sunday was the finale, once again attracting a broad spectrum of machinery to the palace lawns. This was also the day that the public could access what had been the main concours field, which was now filled with a further array of cars, including the previously mentioned Jaguar E-Type, Lotus Esprit and Rolls Royce Corniche anniversary displays.

2021 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AvivaAward Winners

Best in Show
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Sindelfingen

Class A: Competition Motorcycles
1951 Moto Guzzi 500cc Bicilindrica

Class B: Exceptional Motorcycles
1975 MV Agusta 750 Sport

Class C: Early Pioneers
1904 Cadillac 8¼hp Model B Rear-entrance Tonneau

Class D: Pre-War Tourers
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

Class E: Pre-War Sports
1938 SS 100 3½ Litre

Class F: Fit for a King
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville

Class G: Racing Greats
1965 Ford GT40

Class H: Post-War Open
1962 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé

Class I: Post-War Closed (European)
1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupé

Class J: Post-War Closed (British)
1954 Austin-Healey 100 D’Ieteren Coupé

Class K: Post-War Tourers
1946 Tatra T87 Streamline

Class L: Pininfarina Design
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider

Class M: 60 Years of the Jaguar E-type
1963 Jaguar Lightweight Low-Drag

Class N: Low-Slung Sports
1972 De Tomaso Mangusta

Class O: Classics of the Future
1993 Jaguar XJ220

Class P: Rolling Bones Hot Rods
1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Preservation Award
1955 Aston Martin DB2 rally car

People’s Choice
1955 Aston Martin DB2 rally car

Churchill Cup
1972 De Tomaso Mangusta

Duke of Marlborough Award
1949 Bentley MkVI Light Touring Saloon

Duke of Marlborough Award (Motorcycles)
1901 Triumph Minerva

Chairman’s Award
1951 Jaguar XK 120 OTS

Spirit Award
1903 Panhard et Levassor

Most Exceptional Coachwork
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Tourer by Barker

Most Opulent
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Park Ward Four-Door Sports Saloon

Coup de Couer
1937 Talbot Lago T15 Cabriolet by Worblaufen

Best Interior
1947 Bentley MkVI Cabriolet by Franay

Most Elegant
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS

Most Iconic
1966 Jaguar E-type 4.2 FHC

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