Highlights from this year’s Heveningham Hall Concours include a display of McLaren F1 cars, Nick Mason’s 250 GTO and a stunning Bugatti Type 57S
In only its third year, the Heveningham Hall Concours d’Elegance seems a real force to be reckoned with. Set at the spectacular Heveningham Hall in Suffolk, it takes place on a unique Kim Wilkie designed stepped garden (situated in the wider Capability Brown designed parkland) and is limited to just 50 or so classics, meaning that the level of car invited is phenomenal. So in demand is the event that this year, for the first time, there was not even space for a car from the host, avid supercar collector Jon Hunt.
What was on display was spectacular, however, including Doug Blain’s wonderful Pegaso, a display of McLaren F1 cars including Hunt, Senna and Hamilton mounts, the Koenigsegg One:1, Nick Mason’s GTO and Birdcage, Aston Martin Vulcan, frankly gorgeous Bugatti Type 57S, plus a host of other cars of similar standing and desirability.
The two-day event was preceded by a tour on the Friday, in which many of the concours cars participated including a fantastic Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica, McLaren F1 GTR and a great deal more.
Over the weekend the Grade I listed stately home hosted a country fair, and for an extra £10 – all of which goes to charity – visitors could also see the concours. That means that there was variety of other activities on the huge estate to keep people enthralled, from powerboats on the lake, to dog and duck shows and shetland pony racing. There was an especially strong display of classic cars from the area including Roy Dowding’s Gordon-Keeble, plus farm machinery and more.
The venue was also a hotspot for aviation with wing walkers, Spitfire dogfights and more than 60 classic aircraft parked up on a makeshift airfield that many visitors might have missed.
New for 2018 was Horsepower Hill, a sprint that lasted barely 10 seconds for the fastest cars, but which added a welcome high-octane element to the weekend. RSR, Veyron, an Paris-Dakar cars could all be seen burning rubber and entertaining in equal measure.