Hailed as one of the finest concours competitions yet, 2016’s Concours d’Elégance has seen some of the world’s rarest and most alluring cars battle it out on the lawns of Blenheim Palace.
Leading the charge of formidable Italian thoroughbreds, the outstanding 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa fended off rivals to steal the Best of Show on the Thursday of Salon Privé. It was also the winner in its Racing Improves the Breed class, with another famous Italian car, a magnificent 1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta close behind, being runner-up in the same class. The Maserati however did pip the Ferrari to the post in the race to receive the People’s Choice award.
In tribute to the anniversary of the iconic supercar, and as part of the wider Lamborghini-backed celebrations,the Lamborghini Miura anniversary class drew eight amazing examples to the concours lawns. Giving the judges a hard task in deciding a winner, the Lamborghini Miura P400SV of Adrian Labi ultimately proved the winner, with the P4000SV of Bill Heinecke finishing close behind.
Other Italian winners included the completely original 1992 Ferrari F40 which won the Dream Machines class, and a beautifully restored 1972 Dino 246 GT which won the European Grand Tourers category. The infamous Ferrari 365 ‘Daytona’ caused a stir at this year’s show, with the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 taking Gone with the Wind class win in, the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 winning Best Interior class, and the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 finishing runner up in European Grand Tourers class.
With over 75 exceptional classic cars and motorbikes, this year’s Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance assembled some outstanding vehicles, as the competition returned to the World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace. “There are cars that just impress from the start, and this year the 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa wowed the judges. Never having been seen before at a worldwide Concours, it was a sight to behold for any Concours connoisseur” said Salon Privé Managing Director & Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley. “A Testa Rossa being a rare model in itself, this car ticked all the boxes for the Judges in terms of attention to detail of the restoration, provenance and racing pedigree, making it the clear, outright winner. Owned by Bruce Lavachek and David Cottingham, the award was particularly moving as it has been a painstaking 40-year journey for Bruce to locate the car and bring it to its now former glory, with the specialist skills of David Cottingham, owner of DK Engineering. The car had in fact languished in a barn in Iowa and had been forgotten about since its last race in 1960. To have the car presented at a worldwide-renowned Concours, let alone with the ultimate Best of Show, is a dream that Bruce never considered could be achieved in his lifetime.”
Best in show
1956 – Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
1954 – Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta
Racing Improves the Breed
Winner: 1956 – Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa
Runner up: 1954
Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta
European Grand Tourers
Winner: 1972 – Dino 246 GT
Runner up: 1971 – Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Gone With The Wind
Winner: 1971 – Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider
Runner up: 1961 – Bentley S2 Drophead Coupé
Most Original Post-war: 1992 Ferrari F40
Most Iconic: 1973 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 Periscopio
Best Interior: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Now in its 11th year, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most prestigious Luxury Supercar Show & Concours d’Élégance. It returns to the opulent grounds of Blenheim Palace for the second year running in 2016 from Thursday 1
st to Saturday 3rd September. The three-day event incorporates the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Élégance, Boodles Ladies’ Day and The Salon Privé Supercar Show, also showcasing The Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition, the EFG Art and Memorabilia Fair and The Salon Privé Sale. Salon Privé takes pride and place amongst the leading automotive shows of the world, including the U.S’ Pebble Beach and Italy’s Villa d’Este.
Salon Privé, continues to Saturday 3rd September.