Heveningham Hall Concours

The Heveningham Hall Motorsport & Aviation Concours D’Elegance took place in England for the third time. A beauty contest that focuses on the finest motor racing automobiles and historic aircraft.

Heveningham Hall dates from 1778-80 and contains parts of the building from the early 18th century. It was designed by Sir Robert Taylor for Sir Gerald Vanneck, 2nd Baron of Huntingfield. The interiors of 1781-17 were designed by James Wyatt. The Hevenham Hall Country Fair Trust is a registered charity. Since its inception, the Hevenham Hall Country Fair Trust has raised over £ 700,000 for charity.

The Concours will be held on the approximately 2,000 acre site of Heveningham Hall in Suffolk. An impressive backdrop with equally impressive vehicles. Vehicles such as the red Ferrari 250 GTO by Nick Mason, some McLaren Formula 1 cars and the 1896 Benz Patent Motor Car were to be admired on the round steps of the meadow.

The 54 participating vehicles were classified into three groups, pre-war and post-war vehicles and supercars. Bodies like the Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposti from 1937, Bugatti Type 37 from 1927 represented the pre-war era. In the post-war vehicles, it was mainly the Ferrari and Porsche brands that dominated the field. But also some real rarities surprised the visitors and jury. Including a Bizzarini, Maserati Birdcage, and the Aston Martin DB4 GT Jet Coupe.

In the Supercar Concours field were the modern athletes such as Pagaini Zonda C12, Aston Martin 6C Vulcan, Koenigsegg One or even the recently introduced Lancia Stratos. Peter Mullin also took home the “Best of Show” prize for his 1939 Delage D8-120 Cabriolet. The vehicle played among others in the feature film “An American in Paris” with Grace Kelly. The winner in the postwar era was the Ferrari 250 GTO and in the class Supercars the owner of the Rothmans Porsche 962 from 1987 was able to receive the prize.

A special feature of the Heveningham Hall Concours is the beauty contest for historic aircraft. Of course, these must also prove their suitability for flight and so a few rounds are turned over the property. Including a 1952 Morane-Saulnier 315, 1936 Percival Mew Gull, a Spitfire or the 1937 De Havilland 90 Dragonfly. The winner in this competition was the Morane-Saulier 315.

Photos: © Cameron Maynard Aperto / Rufus Owen