by Gary Snell
Presented on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, the internationally renowned Concours d’Elegance, Salon Privé, again presented some of the finest classic cars and bikes along with a number of hypercars, next-generation electric cars and the world premier of 4 new automotive models. Accompanying the fantastic vintage cars and bikes were a number of luxury brands offering everything from jewellery and clothing to travel.
As always Salon Privé has a relaxed and spacious atmosphere which seems more inviting and engaging than similar events such as Pebble Beach.
This year’s Best of Show was a Zagato bodied 8C 2300 Alfa Romeo Monza Spider that was raced by Scuderia Ferrari and the famous Tazio Nuvolari. The runner-up was none other than one of the most important Ferraris, the 166 MM Touring Barchetta that won both the Millie Miglia and Le Mans 24 Hours in 1949 beginning the mystique of Ferrari.
The last day of the event features the UK’s most prestigious Car Clubs and the presentation of over a 1,000 cars of all marques on display on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace.
Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance 2020 – Award Winners
|Best of Show||1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider|
|Best of Show Runner-up||1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta|
|Best of Show Third Place||1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso|
|Duke of Marlborough Award||1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT|
|Churchill Cup for Most Exceptional Design||1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina ‘Bocca’ Cabriolet|
|Chairman’s Award||1966 Ford GT40 MkI|
|People’s Choice||1997 McLaren F1 GTR #28R|
|Veterans at the Palace||1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost|
|Pre-War Touring||1936 SS Jaguar 100 2.5 Litre|
|Celebrating 110 Years of Alfa Romeo||1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider by Zagato|
|Post-War Sports Racers||1949 Ferrari 166MM Touring Barchetta|
|Post-War Touring (Open)||1973 Dino 246 GTS|
|Post-War Touring (Closed, Two-Seater)||1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II|
|Post-War Touring (Closed, Four-Seater)||1960 Citroen ID19 LeParis|
|Passione Ferrari||1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso|
|Milestones of Endurance Racing||1988 Porsche 962|
|Milestones of Endurance Racing (12-cylinder)||1974 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT12|
|Celebrating the McLaren F1 (Road)||1995 McLaren F1 #037|
|Classics of the Future (Pre-2000)||1991 Ferrari F40|
|Classics of the Future (Post-2000)||2006 Pagani Zonda Roadster F|
|Most Opulent||1904 Napier L49|
|Most Exceptional Coachwork||1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon|
|Most Elegant||1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina ‘Bocca’ Cabriolet|
|Spirit Award||1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet|
|Coup de Coeur||1943 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet|
|Best Interior||1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Barchetta|
|Passione Corsa||1957 Ferrari 500 TRC|
|Most Iconic||1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S|
|Preservation Award||1955 Jaguar D-type|
|Ducati Icons||1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport|
|Exceptional Street Motorcycles||1965 Norton Unified Twin|
|Exceptional Competition Motorcycles||1980 Suzuki RG500|
|Duke of Marlborough Award (Motorcycle)||1939 AJS 2A|
Ex-Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider by Zagato Scoops
Best Of Show At Salon Privé
A sensational Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider by Zagato that was raced by Scuderia Ferrari during the 1930s has won the coveted Best of Show award at this year’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA. The Italian beauty boasts an enviable competition history, having won the Coppa Principe di Piemonte in July 1932 in the hands of none other than Tazio Nuvolari. The ‘Flying Mantuan’ also drove it in the prestigious Klausenrennen hillclimb that year.
The grounds of Blenheim Palace were graced by some of the most elegant and significant cars from across automotive history as the Concours d’Elégance attracted a record entry. The panel of specialist ICJAG judges presented Best of Show Runner-up to the famous Ferrari 166MM Touring Barchetta that won the Mille Miglia and Le Mans 24 Hours in 1949, while the third-place award went to a rare right-hand-drive 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso.