Reaffirming its place as the UK’s finest Concours celebration, 2017’s Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance saw some of the world’s rarest and most spectacular classic cars battle it out on the prestigious grounds of Blenheim Palace on Thursday 31st August.
Taking home top honours, with the Best of Show Trophy, was the revered and much-discussed 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV. A car that hadn’t been shown in the UK until Thursday’s Salon Privé Concours debut; it shook off fierce competition in the Curvaceous Coupes Class, and will return to its home in the USA with not only the Best in Show Trophy but also a Best-in-Class award.
Now in its 12th year, Salon Privé continues to attract some of the most important collector cars in the world, including a one-of-37 ‘covered headlamp’ 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. Restored in the UK during 2012, this exceptional SWB-variant California Spider wowed judges, becoming Best in Show runner-up, and taking home a Best-in-Class win in the Riviera Cruising category.
Other winners of Italian descent include the last-ever UK-delivered, right-hand-drive 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 ‘Daytona’ Spider, one of just 122 that originally left the Maranello factory in that specification. Remaining with its current owner for over 30 years, it won the hearts of Salon Privé guests and took home the People’s Choice Award. Joining the Ferrari was a special 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400. Having only returned from Italy and Lamborghini’s in-house restoration team, Polo Storico, in July, it took home top honours in the Evolution of the Supercar Pin-Ups Class.
The Concours celebrations didn’t just stop there, as Salon Privé, the UK’s first event organiser of its type to organise two Concours at the same event.
Taking place on Saturday 2nd September, two days after the long-standing and revered Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, the inaugural Concours Masters event played tribute to Ferrari’s 70th year.
With over 50 of Maranello’s finest lining up on the prestigious lawns of Blenheim Palace last weekend, the first Concours Masters was a brand-new take on the traditional Concours. A new fixture for 2017, and designed to add an exciting dimension to the Salon Privé celebrations, each year will focus on the anniversary of an historic automotive marque or a particular coachbuilder.
A more relaxed version of a traditionally-judged Concours, the overall Owner’s Choice Award was presented to the ex-Walt Disney 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’ by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. The very first of the second series 14-louvre design, it featured in the Hollywood Classic, The Love Bug and won the hearts of the judges with its full Ferrari Classiche certification and simply stunning period-correct condition.
Running a very close second was the 1953 Ferrari 250 Inter-Europa Coupe by Vignale. One of four bodied by Vignale and being just 22 first-series 250 Europas, it’s one of the rarest road-going Fifties Ferraris ever made. Receiving a runner-up Owner’s Choice Award, this special Ferrari also took home the Best Interior Pre-1970 Award and a trophy for Outstanding Coachwork.
Meanwhile, the Ladies’ Choice from Saturday’s event was the stylish 1952 Ferrari 342 America and Salon Privé Managing Director & Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley, presented an immaculate 2004 Ferrari Enzo with the Chairman’s Award during Saturday’s celebrations. Other top tier award winners included one of 17 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico models ever built, which is regarded by enthusiasts to be the finest restored example in existence, which rightfully took home the Marquis of Blandford Award. With over 3,000 guests attending the inaugural Concours Masters ‘Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari’, the People’s Choice trophy was awarded to an immaculate 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast.