One of the UK's biggest concours and supercar shows, Salon Prive, will be returning to Blenheim Palace for the 11th year.
For the eleventh year running Blenheim Palace – the familial seat of Winston Churchill’s ancestry – will host Salon Privé, with some of the world’s most exotic cars and motorcycles on show.
The event – which runs from Thursday 1 September to Saturday 3 September – 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.
Among the dozens of machines on display is the unique 1924 Alfa Romeo RL Normale Coupé de Ville by Farré. The car was delivered new to Barcelona and bodied in striking Caoba wood by celebrated European coachbuilder J Farré. The car, which has never been seen at Salon Privé, will be showcased on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace.
And there’s more. Also gracing the lush grounds of Blenheim Palace is the 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire. A rolling laboratory for Voisin’s experimental technology, this car’s aerodynamic, streamlined profile was inspired by the wing of an airplane, making for a striking machine. Entered by the Mullin Automotive Museum, the C6 will travel from its home in California to compete at Salon Privé and is entered in the Voisins – Aviation to Automotive class.
There will also be an array of motorcycles on display, such as the 1917 Matchless-Vickers 8B2/M Russian Military Motorcycle Combination, which will be competing in the Exceptional Motorcycles 1900-1939 class. One of just three surviving World War One machine gun combinations, and the only Matchless version, this special motorbike is usually found in Dorset’s Tank Museum and is owned by the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust. In the Exceptional Motorcycles 1940 – 1975 Highway class, a rare and recently restored Vincent Black Knight with only 1,000 miles on the clock, is certain to turn heads as well.
The confirmed classes for the 2016 Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance include the following: 50 Years of the Lamborghini Miura, Prancing Horse Racing Pedigree, Pre-war Coachwork, European Grand Tourers, Gone with the Wind and Exceptional Motorcycles (1900-1939), Exceptional Motorcycles (1940-1975) - Competition and Exceptional Motorcycles (1940-1975) - Highway, among many other classes.