Car Events Calendar UK, Fall 2020

Despite the lengthy, nationwide lockdown during the Covid-19 epidemic, the UK’s prestigious car shows are set to return in style this fall.

London Concours at the Honourable Artillery Company, August 2020

London Concours 2019 (Photograph: Tim Scott)

100 Rare Cars, One Square Mile

The London Concours returns to the idyllic lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company from 19-20 August this year, postponed from its original June timeline. Displaying around 100 automotive greats of all ages, it’s a world-class collection of cars, the likes of which the City of London has never before seen, gathered into one of London’s most beautiful hidden locations.

The Honourable Artillery Company HQ is a five-acre oasis of green nestled among the buildings of the City of London, and located just off City Road. The Garden is informally known as ‘the world’s second most valuable cricket pitch’, used from mid-April to mid-September for cricket matches. As an active military facility, it functions as storage for large artillery guns and even holds the unique honour of being the location of Britain’s very first hot air balloon ascent. But, for two days only in August, it becomes nirvana for petrolheads, as the London Concours rolls in.

In total, you’ll find more than 100 rare cars on display, all privately owned and carefully curated into features and classes. The event’s flagship feature for 2020 will be a uniquely colourful collection of eight examples of one of the finest handling Ferraris ever: the Dino. First introduced in 1967, the Dino 206 GT was the first mid-engined car from Ferrari, and the first to use a V6 at a time when all of its cars were V12-powered. The 2.0-litre V6 engine itself was adapted from one of ‘Alfredino’ Enzo’s racing car designs for road car use. And so, with the release of the new ‘Dino’ brand and the 206 GT, Ferrari stepped into the fray against the all-conquering Porsche 911.

Showcasing the gamut of outlandish original colours offered to Dino customers, the London Concours will gather examples in Rosso Chiaro red, Grigio Ferro grey, Blu Dino, Nero black, Nuovo Giallo yellow and more. Among them is a rare ‘Chairs and Flares’ version of the Dino, just one-of five UK-delivered examples with these sought-after additions; wide wheelarches and ‘Daytona’ seats. Long considered ‘not a proper Ferrari’, the London Concours car selection committee feel now is the time to give the Dino the attention it so rightly deserves.

Elsewhere, you’ll find classes dedicated to two legends of the automotive world; Bugatti and Aston Martin. No other car manufacturer stirs the soul quite like Bugatti; over the course of its 110 years it has produced some of the fastest and most beautiful cars ever, and London Concours 2020 will bring together a group of these French performance icons, from pre-war Grand Prix cars to world-record breaking Veyrons and Chirons.

The Aston Martin display will focus particularly on some of Britain’s finest hard-top sports cars, showcasing the evolution of the DB series, from DB2 through to the latest DBS Superleggera. You’ll also be able to find the lesser- spotted rarities like the track-focused Vulcan and the beautiful One-77, utterly bespoke and limited to just 77 examples worldwide.

Elsewhere, visitors can find a collection of ultra-modern hypercars, taking in the likes of the Pagani Huarya, McLaren Senna and P1 GTR, Porsche 918 Spyder, Ford GT and more. It’s a celebration of the very latest innovations in design and engineering; a class of cars that stretches the limits of what’s possible in a production car.

And because it’s often the passion of individuals that drives advancements in the motoring industry, the London Concours each year shines a spotlight on one automotive luminary and their car collection. This year, the honour falls to Ian Callum CBE, ex-Jaguar Director of Design.

Ian has been at the forefront of automotive design for decades, penning designs for the likes of Ford, TWR Design, Jaguar Land Rover and now runs his own design studio – CALLUM. Having designed veritable icons like the Ford Puma, Aston Martin Vanquish and most Jaguar products from the early 2000s until 2019, Ian’s own car collection is a fascinating insight into his own personal milestone moments in car design and engineering. Ian will showcase his very own Jaguar XJC, Porsche 911 (993), Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV and more; each subtly modified by the man himself to emphasise the best parts of their design.

As well as the automotive displays, visitors will be able to browse a number of other luxury attractions, including the world-class watches of Montres Breguet, fine displays of art and a number of top-end food and drink offerings, delivered by Searcys and Veuve Clicquot champagne. You’ll also find some of the nation’s top supercar and classic car specialists showcasing their latest stock – just in case you’re inspired to pick up something new for yourself.

Speed and Style Returns to Salon Privé, September 2020

  • World’s finest cars set for prestigious Concours d’Elégance
  • Evolution of the Supercar will celebrate five decades of performance
  • Exciting new-model debuts from the greatest automotive brands
  • Set in the magnificent historic grounds of Blenheim Palace

From the globally renowned Concours d’Elégance to the presentation of the Club Trophy, this year’s Salon Privé is set to be another unforgettable celebration of the very best that the motoring world has to offer. 

The traditional curtain-raiser is Wednesday’s Concours d’Elégance by AXA, the most prestigious such event in the UK. As a partner concours of The Peninsula Classic Best of the Best Award, the jury at Salon Privé is led by Ed Gilbertson and is made up of some of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable ICJAG judges. All are experts in their respective fields and will carry out their work with scrutiny and precision. 

Enthusiasts and collectors will be waiting to see which car is considered special enough to follow last year’s Best of Show – the beautiful 1948 Figoni et Falaschi Talbot Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé. That announcement will come on Thursday, which is Ladies’ Day by Boodles – when the elegance of the cars is matched by the stylish outfits on display.

The Concours d’Elégance then makes way for Friday’s Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton. This year, the beautiful South Lawn at Blenheim Palace will be given over to a celebration of the supercar and its evolution from the Lamborghini Miura of the 1960s to the engineering masterpieces of the 21st century. Some of the most desirable cars ever made will be centre-stage, with great names such as Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and Jaguar all taking a starring role.

Closing the event on Saturday is the popular Classic & Supercar day featuring the Salon Privé Club Trophy. More than 1,000 cars from some of the finest manufacturers in automotive history are expected to take part in this relaxed and enjoyable day, which begins with Club Secretaries and brand representatives creating a shortlist of their favourite cars. Once these have assembled in front of the Blenheim Palace steps, guests will choose their winner – which will be awarded the Salon Privé Club Trophy.

This year’s event will also host the UK debut for a number of significant new models. Morgan will be introducing the limited-run Plus 4 70th = Anniversary Edition, which is being built at its historic Malvern factory to celebrate the model’s launch in 1950. Turin-based Manifattura Automobili Torino will be presenting its sensational New Stratos, while those interested in the very latest technology won’t want to miss the all-electric Aspark Owl and Rimac Concept_Two hypercars. Also set to grace Salon Privé are the remarkable Engler Superquad and the PAL-V flying car, with further exciting announcements expected between now and September.

Director David Bagley said: “With so many key automotive events around the world cancelled, more brands than ever have turned to Salon Privé as a launch platform for new models. The event will play a pivotal role in providing premium automotive brands and their customers with an opportunity to come together finally and safely.” 

Guests will be able to explore and admire vehicles from some of the leading brands in luxury and performance motoring, from Alpine to Zenvo – which will be presenting its TSR-S hypercar. Manufacturers from around the world will be represented, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Rolls Royce, McLaren and more.  

Salon Privé is renowned for providing something to entertain even the most discerning of guests, and this year Michelin star chef Phil Howard will be hosting a fine-dining experience in the Glass House. There will also be the chance to indulge in some retail therapy courtesy of luxury brands offering everything from Boodles jewellery to fine fragrance, travel, aviation and interior design. 

Entries are now being invited for the Concours d’Elégance by AXA, and the Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton, and everything is in place for another memorable celebration of luxury, style and performance. Where better to admire beautiful cars and savour the finest hospitality than in the picturesque surroundings of Blenheim Palace?

About Salon Privé

Now in its 15th year, ‘Salon Privé Week’ is a must-attend series of events for any car enthusiast or aficionado. A Partner Concours to the Peninsula Classics’ Best of the Best’ Award, Salon Privé is now recognised as one of the top events in the world alongside Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Held annually within the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive Motor Show.

Salon Privé Week 2020

23rd September – Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by AXA
24th September – Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles
25th September – Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton
26th September – Salon Privé Classic & Supercar featuring The Salon Privé Club Trophy

Tickets can be purchased via the website or by calling the Ticket Hotline: 0808 100 2205.

Charity Partner

Salon Privé is proud to once again have Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity as its charity partner. The organisation provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness, and thanks to the generation donations of guests and Concours entrants, the event has so far raised in excess of £1 million for this great cause.