Sunday, 15 September 2019



The iconic, annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is delighted to announce a significant new partnership with CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services).
The renowned vehicle transportation specialist has become ‘Official Transportation Supplier’ to the world’s longest-running motoring event which, in keeping with tradition, takes place on the first Sunday in November, which this year falls on the 3rd November.
Founded in 1989, CARS has established itself as one of the most respected and trusted transporters of historic, rare and prestigious motor cars in the world over the past three decades; a fitting partner to the world’s longest-running motoring event. With participants bringing their often unique pioneering pre-1905 veteran horseless carriages from across the world to take part in the celebrated pilgrimage from Hyde Park in London to Madeira Drive on the Brighton seafront, the proven expertise and experience offered by CARS is a welcome addition to the Run.
“CARS has looked after some of the most valuable and irreplaceable motor cars in the world and prides itself in ensuring they arrive in perfect condition, on time and with no unexpected costs,” said James Walker, Director. “On our 30th anniversary we are delighted to have been endorsed as the ‘Official Transportation Supplier’ to the famous London to Brighton Run and we are looking forward to helping veteran car owners to bring their vehicles to London and to get them safely home again afterwards, stress-free.”
“We are delighted to welcome CARS to our family of highly valued official partners for the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run,” said Miles Wade, Club Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club. “Dating back to the dawn of motoring, all these extraordinary vehicles which set out on a chilly Sunday morning towards Brighton are now well over 110 years old and need careful handling. The wide range of services offered by CARS will undoubtedly prove invaluable to many of those participating, whether they are bringing their wonderful vehicles from Newcastle or New York.”     
In addition to becoming the Official Transportation Supplier to the Run, CARS will also provide support at the half-way stop at Honda Crawley where Run participants will be able to warm-up with a hot drink and refreshments, providing a welcome break en route from London to Brighton.
Full details of the 2019 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run can be found on the event website at

About the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the Bonhams Veteran Car Run travelling from London to Brighton (staged specifically as a non-profit making veneration) commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14th November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

The Emancipation Run was first commemorated in 1897 with a re-enactment following the same route in 1927 and has taken place every November since, apart from the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.
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Leading specialist car insurer and valuation specialists Hagerty UK announces a partnership with Bonhams, the international auction house, to provide valuation and insurance services.

Hagerty, well known for their market reports, data and live events such as the Festival Of The Unexceptional, will provide Bonhams with a range of services including free valuations, drive-away insurance and support at Bonhams UK-based sales and Bonhams MPH events taking place at Bicester Heritage.

The launch of Hagerty’s ‘Drive Away Insurance’ is an example of the forward-thinking often demonstrated by the brand. Buyers who successfully bid on a car at any Bonhams MPH auction will be able to drive away, fully covered, once they have purchased. This eliminates the need to arrange transport and enables car owners to fuel their passion for a new car immediately after the sale has ended.

To facilitate this, the Hagerty team will be at every Bonhams MPH sale, adjacent to the main stage, to gather details of any buyers who wish to take advantage of the offer. The first 5-days of insurance will be free of charge, with the buyer having the option (but no obligation) to move into a full Hagerty policy after this period. Note that cars will need to be fully road legal, with current MOT (if applicable), to benefit from this service.

The highly regarded Hagerty Valuation service will also be offered at all UK-based Bonhams Sales including those staged at Goodwood and Beaulieu and at Bicester Heritage, when Bonhams MPH auctions are taking place inside the huge Hangar 113 event space, and also at Bicester’s ever-popular ‘Scramble’ events.

The Hagerty team will appraise and photograph cars in preparation for valuation at Hagerty HQ. Once valued each owner will receive a full report, along with photographs, providing an accurate valuation of their vehicle in the current market. This report can be used when selling, for insurance valuations or simply as a welcome addition to a car’s history file.

Marcus Atkinson, Hagerty Managing Director, said “Partnering with Bonhams is something we are immensely proud of. Both brands are well-known by enthusiasts and both keep the finest cars in the world on the road. To enable excited new buyers the opportunity to drive home in their newly purchased classic, or to understand the true market value of a classic they already own, provides an invaluable service to the car community across all spectrums and we look forward to starting our collaboration at the Goodwood Revival.”

Tim Schofield, Head of Bonhams UK Collectors’ Motor Cars, said “We are delighted to partner with Hagerty to provide our clients with this bespoke service. Having their representatives at our sales will facilitate setting up new policies for buyers, enhancing the process of buying a motor car from a Bonhams sale and we look forward to working together on further initiatives to benefit our clients.”

Hagerty International is regarded as one of the world leaders in classic car market analysis and the valuation of classic cars. Regular market reports are published by Hagerty taking data from owners, collectors, car sales and auctions from around the world to give an accurate overview of the classic car market, its stability and value.

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What started off as a ‘one-off’ charity event in 2016 to raise funds for the charity Prostate Cancer UK, is now in its fourth year and has so far raised over £200,000. This year’s fundraising goal is £45,000 – to highlight the staggering statistic that one man dies every 45 minutes as a result of prostate cancer.
Philip Porter, author, publisher and co-founder of the International Jaguar XK Club devised the Round Britain Coastal Drive shortly after recovering from prostate cancer, and the event has become an excellent way to raise awareness of the disease, and funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
To mark the beginning of this year’s 3,400-mile drive around the circumference of the British mainland, Porter will be flagging away participants from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on Monday 16 September. 
18 days later long-time Prostate Cancer UK supporter Don Wales will be dropping the flag on the final stage of the Round Britain Coastal Drive. Grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE, and nephew of Donald Campbell CBE, both Land and Water Speed record holders, Don himself holds World and UK Land Speed records. Don will join participants, organisers and Prostate Cancer UK representatives at a celebratory closing dinner.
Highlights of the Round Britain Coastal Drive in previous years have been special visits arranged by some stalwart supporters of the cause, and this year is no exception.
Stage 9 participants will enjoy a lunch at the Ben Nevis Distillery, kindly arranged and hosted by Jimmy Stewart of Classicfabs, Fort William.
Dunbeath Castle and Gardens in Caithness, Scotland are kindly opening their doors to drivers on Stage 11.
Down on the south coast, Club member Ian Turner is providing lunch and opening the doors to his workshop at Turner Classics in Ramsgate during Stage 17. Ian has the distinction of being the Drive’s only double all-rounder, having completed all 18 stages last year in his E-type, and doing the same again this year with his XK.
The end of Stage 17 offers the option to visit CKL Developments, near Hastings, who have kindly invited participants to browse their workshop and partake of a reviving afternoon tea or coffee.
Technical support on the Round Britain Coastal Drive is second to none. Renowned Jaguar parts specialists, SNG Barratt Group, will be supporting the event once again, with a vehicle full of spare parts. Technicians will provide assistance on all 18 stages, including CBR Classic Restorations of Walsall, respected specialists in classic restoration, body work and repairs and acknowledged Jaguar XK experts, Twyford Moors of Clanfield, Hampshire.
Participants will also be assisted throughout by event hosts from the XK Club and ambassadors from Prostate Cancer UK.
Appealing to all owners of XK-badged Jaguars, in the UK and further afield, to join some or all of the Round Britain Coastal Drive, Philip Porter said, “This is an enormously enjoyable way of driving your classic car, seeing fantastic scenery, socialising with like-minded enthusiasts, and raising money for a great cause.”
Gabriella Bailey, Head of Community Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The Round Britain Coastal Drive events are fantastic and have so far raised over £200,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, which is a tremendous amount. We are thrilled that Philip and his wife Julie have organised this event for the fourth year in a row, this time with XK-engined Jaguars.
“We are also so grateful that any funds raised through our partnership with the Jaguar XK Club this year, will be match-funded, pound for pound, by an anonymous partner. This generous offer will go towards supporting our Specialist Nurse services, the UK’s only telephone, email and Live Chat support specific to prostate cancer, at Prostate Cancer UK. Our Specialist Nurses are here for anyone living with or concerned about prostate cancer or prostate problems.
 “There are over 400,000 men living with the disease in the UK, which means this service will continue to act as a lifeline for so many. By doubling the value, we are doubling the difference to the lives of men and their loved ones.”
Anyone interested in taking part can find more information on the event website,, or by phoning the International Jaguar XK Club on +44 (0) 1584 781588.
Round Britain Coastal Drive 2019 - Stage start and finish locations
September / October
Monday 16th
National Motor Museum,
Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon
Tuesday 17th
St. Ives, Cornwall
Wednesday 18th
St. Ives
Bridgwater, Somerset
Thursday 19th
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Friday 20th
Maentwrog, Gwynedd
Saturday 21st
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Sunday 22nd
Lytham St Annes
Workington, Cumbria
Monday 23rd
Ayr, Ayrshire
Tuesday 24th
Plockton, Ross and Cromarty
Wednesday 25th
Kinlochbervie, Sutherland
Thursday 26th
Inverness, Inverness-shire
Friday 27th
Montrose, Angus
Saturday 28th
Berwick-upon-Tweed, N’brland
Sunday 29th
Tickton, East Riding of Yorkshire
Monday 30th
Cromer, Norfolk
Tuesday 1st
Orsett, Essex
Wednesday 2nd
Hastings, East Sussex
Thursday 3rd
Forest Lodge Hotel,
Lyndhurst, Hampshire



 Examples from every generation of Mustang since the iconic sports car’s launch in 1964 converged on Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground on September 7, to help set a new world record for the largest number of Mustangs in a parade.
Ford smashed its own record of 960 vehicles, set in Toluca, Mexico on December 3, 2017, with 1,326 Mustangs from all over Europe making the pilgrimage to the Ford testing facility in Belgium. To set the new record, the Mustangs were driven in an uninterrupted convoy with no more than 20 metres between each car. Vehicles and drivers also participated in a special choreography to celebrate Mustang’s 55th anniversary this year.
Watch a video of the day – which included a fly-over by a P51 Mustang, the fighter plane that gave its name to Ford’s iconic sports car CLICK HERE
More Mustangs are sold in Belgium per head than any other country in Europe, making Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground the ideal location for the world record attempt. Mustang was the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the fourth year in a row in 2018. Sales continued to rise in the first half of 2019, which saw 5,500 sales in Europe, a 3.7 per cent increase compared with the same period last year.*
Lommel Proving Ground
Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground is where the company refines the sustainability, technology and driving dynamics of its vehicles in Europe. The facility covers an area of 3.22 km² and features 80 kilometres (50 miles) of track, some of which is designed to simulate public roads, while other tracks feature differing road surfaces enabling engineers to evaluate handling, braking, ride and comfort.

More than 100 staff from the facility volunteered as marshals and support to help Ford’s world record-breaking attempt run smoothly.



David Brown Automotive has revealed Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition, a one-of-a-kind performance version of the celebrated city car. The highly tuned Mini Remastered, to be made on a limited production run of 60 cars to mark the first Mini launching in 1959, will be made in partnership with classic car performance specialist, Oselli.
The performance-enhanced Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition offers customers an engine unit developed by Oselli, with other tuning upgrades added. The powertrain unit is a punchy 1,420cc Stage 3 engine. The uprated engine will be paired with a remastered five-speed gearbox. With 40% more power than the original A-series engine, the powertrain unit will deliver in excess of 100bhp with buckets of torque to make for a thrilling driving experience.
The exhaust system and air intake will be specially engineered to manage the higher power output.
A strong focus on race-ready driving means the chassis is uprated with key suspension enhancements, featuring adjustable SPAX performance dampers. A race-spec brake kit comes in the form of large diameter disc brakes gripped by four-piston calipers at the front of the car, and alloy rear drum brakes at the rear. Compared to the standard model, the tyres are wider and are made for performance at high speed. The tyres are fitted to 7J x 13-inch Enkei alloy wheels, finished in gold or silver. The wheels are wider and larger in diameter compared to the standard wheels in order to accommodate the larger brakes and for a more performance-focused drive.

The styling of Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition has been honed to reflect the highly-tuned nature of the rest of the car. Customers have the choice of two main colour ways; with either a primary body colour in off-white paint or dark grey and a choice of a three tier full-length racing stripe and side accents in either Crimson, Royal Blue or Racing Green. The cast alloy engine cover will be painted to match the exterior stripe and fitted with a unique build plate. 
Brightware will be darkened in order to reflect the performance feel over the model, to include black wheel arches, black mirrors (including interior mirror) and door handles. A mesh grille with two white inset LED spotlights adds to the sporty theme of Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition, while the build number is painted onto the grille and on the rear of the car. A monotone bonnet badge denotes the car’s performance ability, a hint to lineage introduced by David Brown Automotive with the same feature on the Speedback Silverstone Edition.

Inside, Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition is available to order either as a two-seater with a rear hand-trimmed roll cage or as a four-seater car, featuring accent colours to match the chosen racing stripe colour and black accents. The two-seater version is made with hand-trimmed bucket seats and a half-leather roll cage with rear-seat storage and can be equipped with a four-point harness by Sabelt, available in a number of colours. Customers can opt for a standard seatbelt for daily use if preferred. The build number can be displayed on the glove compartment surface, and the steering wheel will be hand-trimmed and finished in Sabalt Alacantara material.
Oselli is a prominent force in the classic car performance and restoration sector, beginning a business in the early-1960s and forming a niche to specialise in tuning and enhancing performance for the A-series engine. The expert team at Oselli has a wealth of experience rebuilding and improving engines for performance experience, as well as preparing, building and racing cars in competitive motorsport events.
Like other models from David Brown Automotive, this new model further demonstrates a commitment to bespoke British handcraftsmanship, combined with modern engineering, technology and conveniences. 
“This exciting new performance version of the Mini Remastered is a step forward for our company,” said David Brown, company founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to be working with Oselli and this partnership sets a marker of intent for our ambitions in the performance car sector. We are sure this Oselli Edition will prove a hit with customers looking for a fast classic car, with the Mini Remastered proving so popular in its own right and the ideal platform for performance enhancements.”
In-line with the new model’s race car pedigree, the company is also making a number of personalised matching race suits and helmets as optional extras for owners of the new edition. Pre-orders are open now for the Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition, with first deliveries scheduled for next year. The four-seater version of the car is priced from £98,000.00, while the two-seater car – complete with hand-trimmed roll cage – will cost from £108,000.00 (both prices excluding taxes).
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Tuesday, 10 September 2019



Records were broken across the board at this year’s ‘Salon Privé Week’. The event, still only in its 14th year, attracted more visitors, more international concours entrants, more exhibitors and more automotive debuts than ever before. In excess of 25,000 guests attended the 4-day event which saw 80 luxury and automotive brands presenting their latest products. A total of 11 new cars were debuted, including 5 UK debuts, 5 European debuts and 1 World debut, the 1939 Bentley Corniche from Bentley Motors.
Salon Privé comprises seven individual events over five days, attracting automotive royalty from across the globe to Oxfordshire and the stunning home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace.
Wednesday 4th September saw Tour Privé depart with 50 stunning and rare classics set off from Blenheim Palace for a 120-mile round-trip through the Cotswolds. The Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance took place on Thursday 5th, with 57 classic car and 18 motorcycle entrants, from 16 countries, competing for the main prize, the Salon Privé Best of Show. Friday 6th saw Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles with hats of all shapes, colours and sizes arrive in the hope of winning the spectacular BeBoodles pendant offered with the Boodles Best Hat competition. Also that day, the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance Best in Show was announced with the sensational 1948 Talbot Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé taking top honours. This stunning and worthy winner will now go on to compete in the elite Peninsula Classics Best of the Best, with Salon Privé being a Partner Concours.
Friday evening saw neighbouring Woodstock play host to the inaugural Salon Privé LIVE which saw 120 classic, super and hypercars parade through the streets to the rapturous applause of local residents with live music and dancing afterwards. Salon Privé LIVE is the all-new automotive street party.
Saturday 7th saw the start of two days of celebration for the most iconic of British luxury automotive brands, Bentley. On the South Lawn and with a panel of judges that included Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, Adrian Hallmark and 5 times Le Mans Winner, Derek Bell MBE, 52 sensational Bentleys came together for the Salon Privé Bentley Masters by Chubb Insurance, Pirelli and Lockton Private Clients. With a line-up that included amongst other, the oldest Bentley in existence, the 1920 EXP No.2, 1934 Barnato Hassan, 1939 Corniche (which made its Global Debut at the event) and 1952 R Type Continental No. 1, it was, by all accounts, the most prolific gathering of significant Bentleys ever. That evening the Salon Privé Bentley Masters Owners’ Choice was announced with the stunning 1930 4.5 Litre Supercharged by Gurney Nutting owned by American collector, Anne Brockinton Lee taking the top prize. Interestingly, both the 4.5 Litre and EXP 100 GT had been together just 2 weeks prior at Pebble Beach.
While Bentley was being celebrated on the lawns of Blenheim Palace, the inaugural Salon Privé GT Tour was launched with 61 super and hypercars departing Brooklands heading to Goodwood for a run up the Hill, before returning to Salon Privé at Blenheim Place on Sunday, taking pride of place in the Great Court.
Sunday 8th September saw the South Lawn open to the public for the first time ever with the newly launched Salon Privé Classic & Supercar and on the North Lawn, a major world record was broken as 1,321 Bentleys gathered in celebration of their beloved marque. 
Of the marque celebrations at Salon Privé this year, Bentley Motors Chairman & CEO, Adrian Hallmark, confirmed the world’s first continuation of a pre-war race car with the 12-strong continuation series of the iconic 1929 Team Blower. The 12 new Blowers, each identical to the original will be built – one for every race the original Team Blowers entered.
Meanwhile, 100 years of Brough Superior was celebrated In the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance, with six models, book-ended by the 1930 SS80 De Luxe and the 1939 SS80.
Finally, Pagani celebrated 20 years of the sensational Zonda which was launched back in 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show. Models showcased were the Zonda C12, the Zonda F Roadster, the Zonda Cinque Roadster, the Zonda Tricolore and the one-off Zonda 760 ‘Oliver’.
To close ‘Salon Privé Week’ the Salon Privé Classic & Supercar public day took hold with over 17,000 guests flooding into Blenheim Palace on the Sunday alone. Bentley Drivers Club amassed a world-record 1,321 Bentleys, with five further prestigious car clubs, Aston Martin Owners’ Club, Ferrari Owners’ Club, Lamborghini Club UK, McLaren Owners Club, and Porsche Club of Great Britain, bringing over 500 classic and supercars to compete for the inaugural Lockton Club Trophy. The McLaren Senna scooped the top prize to the delight of its owner who had only just collected it weeks ago.
Brothers and Founders, Andrew and David Bagley were justifiably thrilled with the final outcome, commenting“This year’s event surpassed even our highest expectations. The sheer diversity of classic cars, modern supercars and luxury brands on the lawn now is simply without equal and just keeps on getting better and better with every edition. This year, we’ve welcomed more international owners and brands than ever before and it’s so gratifying to see the event extend its reach across the world making many new friends along the way.”



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The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, is celebrating another weekend of motoring royalty, welcoming well over 10,000 automotive enthusiasts and around 1000 incredible cars into the spectacular gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Best in Show was awarded to the 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker, as voted for by the owners of the participating cars.

Seventy-five of the world’s rarest vehicles were parked in the spectacular Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace vying for the honour of Best in Show. The quality of the cars was so impressive that to even be invited to attend was a triumph. Among them was perhaps the most significant Ferrari in the world – a Le Mans and Mille Miglia-winning 166MM – the world’s first production Jaguar D-Type and a collection of the most important Bentleys ever built.

The Best in Show-winning 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker was a crowd favourite throughout the weekend. This elegant car with polished aluminium bodywork was certainly the most flamboyant Silver Ghost ordered by a man who owned 25 of these Rolls-Royces: Lt.-General His Highness the Maharaja Sir Bhupindra Singhof Patiala. In his care it spent many years in North West India. Its styling had been inspired by the French coachbuilder Henri Labourdette, whose stylish Art Deco bodies built on Rolls-Royce chassis in 1913-14 had caught the imagination of the Maharaja, but in December 1915 he chose the leading British coachbuilder Barker to build this body on chassis 11 PD.

Awards were also given out for different classes and eras. Once more judged by the owners of the Main Concours cars, the winners included a fresh factory-restored McLaren F1 and a one-of-nine Stout Scarab – an art deco masterpiece and the world’s first minivan – in the 1930s class.

Outside of the main Concours of Elegance cars, nearly 1000 other models parked at Hampton Court Palace for the weekend, including a collection of Future Classics which were crowned by the car that eventually won this class; an Aston Martin Vulcan. Also taking part in the feature were a rare RUF CTR and a one-of-100 Bentley Mulsanne W.O Edition. Meanwhile, the Harry’s Garage display brought together the best supercars of the ‘90s, including a Pagani Zonda C12 S, a Lamborghini Diablo and a Bugatti EB110SS.

The Aston Martin Owners’ Club gathered an astonishing world-first display of each and every variant of Aston Martin Zagato. During the Centenary Year of Zagato, 17 different cars lined up, charting the evolution of one of the automotive world’s greatest creative partnerships. 

Also on display were some of the finest examples from the UK’s most prestigious car clubs, as part of the Club Trophy presented by the Royal Automobile Club and supported by Classic and Sports Car. A panel of expert judges, including HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Classic and Sports Car editor, Alastair Clements, deemed a Vauxhall 30-98 to be the best on display. With just three owners from new, this near-100-year-old car was first owned by an Argentinian horse breeder, who purchased it from Harrods in Buenos Aires. This Vauxhall will now go on to compete in the Main Concours at Hampton Court Palace next year.
Over 50 historic Jaguars were on display on Saturday, competing for the Bridge of Weir Jaguar Trophy. Led by Nigel Woodward of Classic Motor Cars, a panel of judges overwhelmingly decided the car they would most want to take home, was an impeccable and highly original C-Type. This particular car has played its role within Jaguar’s esteemed racing heritage, appearing in the Monaco Grand Prix, driven by Tommy Wisdom, and later Stirling Moss who drove it for much of his 1952 season.
Throughout the weekend, visitors were also asked by Octane Magazine to cast their vote for their favourite car. By far and away, the wonderful Bugatti Type 57 came out on top. This car, chassis 57159, was first clothed in a fairly sober-looking saloon body by James Young, but it fell into such disrepair over the years that it was eventually decided to recreate another design on the ladder frame: a replica of a flamboyant cabriolet. 
The full list of awards:
Best in Show – 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker
Pre-1920s – 1904 Napier L49
1920s – 1929 Bentley Speed Six Old No.1
1930s – 1938 Stout Scarab
1940s – 1949 Ferrari 166MM #0008
1950s – 1951 Pegaso Z-102
1960s – 1965 Ford GT40
The Club Trophy – Vauxhall 30-98
The Bridge of Weir Jaguar Trophy – Jaguar C-Type
Future Classics – Aston Martin Vulcan
Octane People’s Choice Award: Bugatti Type 57



Best of Show Winner: 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé (entered by Robert & Petra Kudela)

Reaffirming its place as the UK’s most exclusive Concours d’Elégance, the 2019 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance saw some of the world’s rarest and most spectacular classic cars and motorcycles battle it out against the breath-taking backdrop of Blenheim Palace.
Now in its 14th year, Salon Privé welcomed over 25,000 guests to the prestigious and stylish four-day event, staged within the immaculate grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The event continues to attract some of the most important collector cars in the world, very carefully chosen by the skilled Salon Privé Selection Committee.
For 2019, some 57 cars – 16 of them international entries – plus 18 motorcycles, were judged by an expert team during the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance. The star-studded Concours comprised of three motorcycle and 13 car classes, ‘Pre-War Touring (open)’; ‘Pre-War Touring (closed); ‘Pre-War Sports Racers’; ‘Competition Cars’; ‘Ferrari GTs’; ‘Post-War British Coachbuilt’: ‘Ferrari Americas’; ‘Post-War Touring (open)’; ‘Post-War Touring (closed); ‘60 Years of Ferrari 250 GT SWB (road)’; ’60 Years of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB (competition); ‘Classics of the Future pre-2000; ‘Classics of the Future post-2000’, all competing for the prestigious Best of Show, Best of Show Runners-up and Honorary Awards.
Ed Gilbertson, Chairman of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group (ICJAG) and President of the Jury, headed up a team of world-leading specialist automotive judges, to decide on the Class Winners and ultimate Best of Show. Derek Bell MBE, Chief Honorary Judge, headed up the Honorary Judges ranging from globally-renowned designers and journalists, to respected motoring historians and motor industry heavyweights.
Taking home top honours, with the prestigious Best of Show Trophy, was the stunning 1948 Talbot Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé with Figoni coachwork, entered by Robert and Petra Kudela. Commissioned in 1948 by a Mr. Fayolle, commonly known as the ‘Zipper King’ of France (hence the string of horizontal chrome strips above the main central headlamp), the Talbot-Lago made its public debut at the 1949 Paris Salon. This flamboyant motor car was relocated to California in the late-1950s, where it spent almost 50 years in storage. The T26 returned to Europe in 2015 when a full restoration was undertaken to return the car to the precise specification ordered by M. Fayolle back in 1948.
The 2019 Best in Show runner-up was a Barker-bodied 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost owned by Katie Forrest, with the unique Aprile-bodied 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider of Corrado Lopresto placed third.
“This year’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance has been the most successful concours event in our relatively short history.  Set against the spectacular backdrop of Blenheim Palace, it further reinforced Salon Privé’s major presence on the global concours scene. I was delighted to present each car and owner with their award, particularly of course the Best of Show Figoni-bodied Talbot Lago,” said Salon Privé Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley. “The owners of the superb Talbot Lago, Robert and Petra Kudela were absolutely thrilled; so much so that, in true Formula 1 podium style, Robert proceeded to spray his Pommery Champagne over the concours’ judges and guests; a first for Salon Privé! It was an honour and a privilege to display the T26 on the Blenheim Palace lawns, among some of the most important cars and collectors in the world” he added.
The concours celebrations didn’t stop there however, as following a memorable prize-giving, the inaugural Salon Privé LIVE saw more than 120 classic, super and hypercars headed out through the imposing Blenheim Palace Town Gates and out onto the streets of Woodstock to an appreciative and smiling crowd of thousands of Woodstock residents. Even a disguised new Aston Martin DBX joined in the with festivities, making a visit into the event.
Salon Privé remains the UK’s only concours to organise a whole host of week-long activities, fast becoming known as ‘Salon Privé Week’. Tour Privé kicked off the automotive celebrations on Wednesday 4th September, followed by Salon Privé Concours on 5th, Salon Privé LIVE on 6th, Salon Privé Bentley Masters on 7th, finally rounding of the event with Salon Privé GT Tour and Salon Privé Classic & Supercar on Sunday 8th September.
The results for the 2019 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by Chubb Insurance were:-
Best of Show
Winner: 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé (entered by Robert and Petra Kudela)
Runner-up: 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker (Katie Forrest)

People’s Choice
1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged by Gurney Nutting (Anne Brockinton-Lee)

Honorary Awards
Duke of Marlborough Award: 1937 Delahaye 145 ‘Million Franc’ (Peter Mullin)
Chairman’s Award: 1935 Hispano Suiza K6 Cabriolet by Brandone (Richard Magides)

Class A: 100 Years of Brough Superior
Winner: 1936 Brough Superior SS100 (Howard Wilcox)
Runner-up: 1930 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe (Dominic Jude)

Class B: Exceptional Motorcycles
Winner: 1972 Ducati 750S (Ian Clayton)
Runner-up: 1924 Norton Model 2 (Brian Glover)

Class C: Exceptional Competition Motorbikes
Winner: 1937 Triumph 5T Speed Twin Record Holder (Dick Shepherd)
Runner-up: 1968 BSA Ex Works Motocross (Mick Beech)

CLASS D: Pre-War Touring (open)
Winner: 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (Katie Forrest)
Runner-up: 1925 Bentley 3 Litre (Lawrence Moore)

CLASS E: Pre-War Touring (closed)
Winner: 1935 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne (Peter Mullin)
Runner-up: 1932 Bentley 8 Litre (Mihai Negrescu)

CLASS F: Pre-War Sports Racers
Winner: 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider (Corrado Lopresto)
Runner-up: 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged (Anne Brockinton Lee)

CLASS G: Competition Cars
Winner: 1937 Delahaye 145 ‘Million Franc’ (Peter Mullin)
Runner-up: 1934 Bentley Barnato Hassan Special (Jorg Lemberg)

CLASS H: Ferrari GTs
Winner: 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Vignale Coupé (Jaime Muldoon)
Runner-up: 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 (Mark Holmes)

CLASS I: Post-War British Coachbuilt
Winner: 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental (Jonathan Lyons)
Runner-up: 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward (Robert Gaines-Cooper)

CLASS J: Ferrari Americas
Winner: 1952 Ferrari 342 America Cabriolet by Vignale (Dennis Garrity)
Runner-up: 1966 Ferrari 500 Supersport by Pininfarina (David Moores)

CLASS K: Post-War Touring (open motor cars)
Winner: 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Prototype (Bob Bishop)
Runner-up: 1950 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupé (David Alston)

CLASS L: Post-War Touring (closed motor cars)
Winner: 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé (Robert and Petra Kudela)
Runner-up: 1953 Fiat 8V Rapi Corsa (Jan de Reu)

CLASS M: 60 Years of the Ferrari 250GT SWB (road)
Winner: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (Nigel Allen)

CLASS N: 60 Years of the Ferrari 250GT SWB (competition)
Winner: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Passo Corto Competizione SEFAC (Private Collector)

CLASS O: Classics of the Future; Pre-2000
Winner: 1990 Lamborghini Countach Anniversary (Steve Casha)
Runner-up: 1992 Lamborghini Diablo (Mark Bogard)

CLASS P: Classics of the Future; Post-2000
Winner: 2016 McLaren 650S Le Mans (John Day)
Runner-up: 2019 Ferrari SP3JC (John Collins)