Salon Privé Celebrates Ferrari's 70th Anniversary
Salon Privé is dedicating its final day of activities to Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, on Saturday, September 2nd. Its Concours Masters day will present a “Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari”, showcasing 70 Ferraris on the majestic lawns of the historic Blenheim Palace. Over the course of the Saturday, guests will be dazzled by a timeline of 70 special, and inherently different, models from the Maranello-based marque. The world-class entry will track Ferrari history right to the very latest 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta.
With the promise of bringing some of the rarest Ferraris in the world to the lawns of Blenheim Palace, the entry list for Concours Masters includes the UK’s oldest-surviving 1949 Ferrari Tipo 166 Inter Coupe Touring, which has competed and finished no less than four Mille Miglias in its lifetime. This particular example, the eighth road car ever made by the marque, is the fourth Tipo 166 Inter with a Touring body of a total of 11 produced.
With such an early example of the Maranello marque, it seems fitting that the Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe Touring will be joined by a very rare UK-supplied 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, book-ending 70 years of incredible machines from the world’s most iconic sports car maker.
New for 2017, the all-new Concours Masters will play tribute to a celebration theme each year, be it an anniversary of a marque, coachbuilder, or a focus on countries of automotive excellence. Following on from the long-standing Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, Concours Masters will make Salon Privé one of the first events in the world to host two Concours during the same event.
The judging will be more subjective and place more on aesthetics than the traditional scrutiny of usual Concours events, being as much about participation and celebration of Ferrari.
“Considering Enzo Ferrari gave me my first professional drive, Formula 1 race, and first Le Mans, I’m obviously very excited to celebrate 70 Years of Ferrari with the Salon Privé team,” said Chief Judge and five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. “I’ve been judging cars at Salon Privé for ten years now and the move to the new home of Blenheim Palace is without doubt one of the most significant enhancements in its time. However, the new Concours Masters represents another milestone turning-point for Salon Privé and I’m very excited to be heading up the judging team.”
Now in its 12th year, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most prestigious luxury Classic and Supercar Show & Concours d’Élégance. It returns to the opulent grounds of Blenheim Palace for the third year running in 2017 from Thursday 31st August to Saturday 2nd September. The three-day event incorporates the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Élégance, Boodles Ladies’ Day and the all-new for 2017 Concours Masters, focusing on a “Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari”, as well as the EFG Art and Memorabilia Fair and The Salon Privé Sale hosted by Silverstone Auctions.