Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Lamborghini Urus ‘Super Sport Utility Vehicle’ at Salon Privé

Lamborghini Urus ‘Super Sport Utility Vehicle’ at Salon Privé

Salon Privé’s 2018 new-car line-up will include the Lamborghini Urus Super SUV. First unveiled in December 2017 at the company’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the car made its public debut at Geneva motor show earlier this year.
With benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, the Urus has created a niche within the luxury SUV segment. Producing 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque (available at just 2,250 rpm) from its twin turbo 4.0 V8, the Urus accelerates to 62 mph in only 3.6 seconds. Sporting a top speed of 190 mph and the best weight-to-power ratio, the Lamborghini Urus is the fastest SUV available. It’s equally at home on the race track and off-road, as it is driving around town or on long-distance journeys.
Salon Privé is the UK’s most prestigious automotive event – a boutique Garden Party famed for attracting the world’s most exotic manufacturers who congregate on the stunning lawns of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire from 30th August – 1st September. Frequented by collectors and buyers of such machinery, it has become part of the premium car-owners’ summer events calendar.
The UK is an extremely important market for Lamborghini,” said Andrea Baldi, CEO of Lamborghini EMEA“The launch of the Urus has further consolidated the strength of the brand worldwide and here in Britain, with a significant order bank and more than 70% of Urus clients being newcomers to the marque. Salon Privé is a perfect platform for Lamborghini to showcase both Urus as well as super sports models Huracán and Aventador.
The Huracán Performante Spyder and Aventador S Roadster on display alongside the Urus are the latest incarnations of the two super sports car model lines in Lamborghini’s stable. Launched earlier this year at Geneva motor show, the Huracán Performante Spyder features a 5.2-litre V10 engine producing 640 hp at a screaming 8,000 rpm. Acceleration to 62 mph is achieved in just 3.1 seconds and unusually for an open-top version, it matches the top speed of its coupe stablemate at 202 mph. Its V12 brother, the Aventador S Roadster produces 740 hp which is enough to propel it to 62 mph in 3.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 217 mph



With factory support from the prestige automotive sector continuing to increase every year, Salon Privé continues its tradition as a boutique event attracting some of the rarest, fastest and most valuable brands from around the world, who converge on the stunning lawns of Blenheim Palace to entertain their customers and engage with potential new buyers. Yes, it’s a Garden Party and yes, tickets come complete with Lobster, Pommery Champagne and Afternoon Tea, but it’s also a motor show where Super and Hypercar owners and buyers go to find their latest acquisition.
It is fitting therefore that H.R. Owen Bugatti, the UK’s official Bugatti dealership have confirmed plans to join this year’s event for the first time as part of the Hypercar Collection with their spectacular Bugatti Chiron, presented herein fully exposed black carbon fibre with a tangerine interior.
The Chiron is the most powerful, fastest and most exclusive production super sports car in the company’s illustrious history. It is also a unique combination of art, form and technology that pushes boundaries beyond imagination. Its stunning beauty is more than equally matched by its capabilities on the road thanks to its W16 8.0-litre engine, producing 1,500 bhp and an incredible 1,600 Nm of torque allowing acceleration to 60mph in a blistering 2.4 seconds and a top speed, where permitted, of 261mph!
We are thrilled to welcome H.R. Owen Bugatti to this year’s event. Bugatti is the epitome of heritage, style, technology and blistering performance and the stunning Chiron will make a sensational addition to the Hypercar Collection” said David Bagley, Co-Founder & Sales Director of Salon Privé. “Each year, we select a limited number of ultra-exclusive Hypercar brands to present their latest creations and we are delighted to welcome H.R. Owen Bugatti to the Blenheim Palace lawns for the first time.”
Paul Stevens, Bugatti Brand Director said“H.R. Owen Bugatti as the only official UK Partner are very excited to be back at Salon Privé after many years. This is a fantastic event and the perfect setting to display our latest offering, the Chiron. We are immensely proud to be representing the Bugatti brand and H.R. Owen at Blenheim Palace in what will be a spectacular four days.”


Now in its 13th consecutive year, this pioneering event, distinguishable by its full-hospitality VIP experience for all, continues to blend the rarest classics with their modern-day counterparts, surrounded by an eclectic mix of luxury brands, all presented in the beautiful English Cotswolds.
Salon Privé welcomes bike enthusiasts from all over the world to share their passion for classic motorbikes. Last year’s Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance set a benchmark with a field of world-class motorbike entrants. One particular highlight being the 1903 Royal Sovereign. The limited in production motorbike was originally priced at 33 Guineas, with this model believed to be the world’s sole surviving example. Winning its Class, Exceptional Motorbikes 1900 – 1939, this stunning antique wowed crowds at the event before collecting the well-deserved prize.

Other class winners included the stunning Suzuki T500 Rickman Metisse in Exceptional Motorbikes 1940-1976 and the Ducati 750SS in Exceptional Competition Motorbikes.
A list of 2018 motorbike classes are as follows:
CLASS A: Exceptional Motorbikes 1900-1939
CLASS B: Exceptional Motorbikes 1940-1978
CLASS C: Exceptional Competition Motorbikes
Each of the classes will be assessed by a select panel of internationally-recognised judges. The team, chaired by Derek Bell MBE, will scrutinise each entry on strict criteria of; history, preservation, style and originality. The Salon Privé jury is drawn from different areas of the automotive sector, ranging from respected marque historians and industry figureheads to world-class designers and journalists.
Now entering its 4th year at Blenheim Palace, the Organisers are further delighted to announce the signing of a 10-year agreement with Blenheim Palace.
Andrew Bagley, Managing Director and Concours Chairman of Salon Privé said
Britain’s Greatest Palace and the UK’s most exclusive automotive event – it is a perfect match! Blenheim Palace is without doubt the UK’s most spectacular Stately Home and my brother and I consider it a great privilege to be able to host Salon Privé here. With a 10-year agreement now signed, we look forward to taking the event to new heights.’
An immediate benefit of the new agreement, and with the permission of His Grace, the Duke of Marlborough, sees the event take a monumental leap up the lawns, on to the cricket pitch and right to the foot of the south Palace steps, incorporating the full splendour of Blenheim Palace and the stunning ornamental gardens within the event. It should be noted that no external event has ever occupied this space at Blenheim Palace before.


heim Palace is set once again to host the UK’s most exclusive automotive garden party from Thursday 30th August – Saturday 1st September.

London Concours 2018: Champagne, Supercars and Sunshine

London Concours 2018:

 Champagne, Supercars and Sunshine

London Concours 2018: Champagne, Supercars and Sunshine
Over two days, from the 7-8 June, the 2018 London Concours welcomed nearly 30 sponsors and exhibitors, 5,200 guests and more than 120 of the rarest and most incredible cars in the world.
Run for only the second time – with the debut event in 2017 – the rapidly growing concours doubled the number of sponsors and attendees, while also boosting the number of cars on display by 50%.
Targeted at the local population of City professionals, London Concours proved to be a huge success for all our exhibitors. Numerous premium and performance cars were sold, alongside luxury watches, a number of test drive requests and sell-out bars.
Once again, the Honourable Artillery Company Gardens proved to be the perfect venue, with its perfectly kempt lawn, central location and envious history more than a match for the collection of vehicles displayed within.
And what a collection it was. Our Best of Show-winning Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’ headed almost directly from the show to be displayed in the rotunda of London’s Royal Automobile Club, giving this 28.5-litre behemoth pride of place in a genuine London institution.
Special mention must also go to all the other vehicles on display – many were driven or transported to the venue at great expense and inconvenience to their owners, and the show simply wouldn’t have worked without them.
So, from the London Concours team, a heartfelt thank you to the owners of the cars, and thank you to our sponsors and the visitors for supporting us. We look forward to seeing many of you again in 2019.

C&SC SHOW inc FLYWHEEL - Derek Bell MBE To Be Guest of Honour at the Show

All Derek Bell image credits:  LAT

Derek Bell MBE To Be Guest of Honour at the Show

Five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE is the Guest of Honour at the Show
One of the UK’s most celebrated racing drivers, Derek Bell MBE, will be in attendance at the Show on Saturday 23 June. 
In addition to the dozens of rare and remarkable historic competition cars and military vehicles and the thrilling air displays, Show-goers will now also be able to watch one of the world’s most successful endurance drivers on the Bicester Heritage demonstration track on the Saturday. He'll be behind the wheel of a glorious 1965 short wheelbase Porsche 911, owned by Bicester Heritage-based Porsche buffs, Sports Purpose.
Motorsport fans will also have the opportunity to meet Bell as he will be signing copies of his upcoming new book, Derek Bell: All my Porsche races, on the Classic & Sports Car stand.
The illustrious career of Derek Bell MBE includes five Le Mans 24-Hour wins, three 24 Hours of Daytona victories and two World Sportscar Championship titles. He also raced in Formula 1 for Ferrari, Wheatcroft, McLaren, Surtees and Techno. His Le Mans victories in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987 make him the most successful British driver to compete in the gruelling endurance challenge. Bell is a patron of several charities, including Mission Motorsport, which has its base at the Show’s location, Bicester Heritage.
Talking about his upcoming appearance at the show, Bell commented: “I am looking forward to my first visit to The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel, taking part in the action and seeing the spectacular selection of vehicles there. Having recently completed a ‘wingwalk’ for charity, I have a new-found respect for pilots so I’m equally keen to see the air displays as the race and road cars! Driving around the Bicester Heritage track, which is such a fitting location for the event, and meeting the fellow enthusiasts is set to make for a fantastic day.”
Together with specialist partners, Sports Purpose lovingly rebuilt the 2-litre, short wheelbase racing 911 that Bell will be driving at the Show to be the best car it could be. Taking an extremely good, matching numbers, fully stamped Californian donor car, the chassis was built by multiple Goodwood winners Jordan Racing Team and the engine and gearbox by Tuthill Porsche. The car will be campaigned extensively this year by its owner in the 2 Litre Cup and Le Mans Classic.

C&SC SHOW inc FLYWHEEL - Looking To The Future - The Heritage Skills Academy At The Show

Looking To The Future - The Heritage Skills Academy At The Show

The Heritage Skills Academy's Restoration Apprenticeships give the next generation of classic car restorers the right start.
If you're a budding classic car engineer - or the parent of one - take time to visit the Heritage Skills Academy workshop within the Bicester Heritage Technical site when you're at the Show, and learn about their Restoration Apprenticeships.
The first apprenticeship at Bicester Heritage started in November 2017. With a management team having over 50 years’ experience of successful Apprenticeship delivery, HSA has set out to provide education and training that far exceeds national standards for heritage restoration apprentices. The training is block release Monday to Friday over a two-year program and at Level 2 incorporates all fundamental aspects any restoration engineer will need. 
When Jaguar Land Rover began a disposal of vehicles in early 2018, the charity Starter Motor was allocated some vehicles to help with their support of training and education, with resources. Four of these vehicles were supplied to HSA and the apprentices use their new skills to assess and repair them. All four vehicles are now running, and capable of being driven, no small achievement given they had been stored for a considerable time. The apprentices removed overhauled and refitted fuel pumps, carburettors, distributors, brakes, and sorted various problems. These vehicles include a Standard 8 that can be seen at Classic and Sportscar Show. 
The apprentices took their skills further and part of the group worked on a 1937 MG SA, getting it running and stopping. On the last day of the block, it went around the test track at Bicester Heritage, without any problems. Some further work and parts are required, but nothing that will prevent it from being used!
As a dynamic business, the HSA has developed short courses for private individuals,  clubs and associations, the revenue from which will support their Apprenticeship training. For further information contact Steve Beaumont.  

C&SC SHOW inc FLYWHEEL - Ration Cards At The Ready!

Ration Cards At The Ready!

There are some fabulous shopping opportunities at the Show.
Don't leave your ration cards behind when you come to the Show!  As well as the Brightwells auction and the Private Sales Paddock, we have a host of exhibitors and traders coming to Bicester Heritage for the event.  So, whether you're looking for that long out-of-day motoring book or elusive vintage accessory,  fancy some aero-based artwork, want to add some vintage clothing to your wardrobe or to support a worthy cause, you'll be in the right place!
You can treat yourself to a classic car or vintage aircraft experience, or head to the Bremont pop-up shop to see the most stylish and luxurious of watches - and much more! More...