The Heveningham Hall Concours 2019 was staged 21-23 June at the Heveningham Hall in England. The fourth annual Concours was held alongside its Country Fair in the 5,000-acre 18th Century country estate.
A total of 60 cars were exhibited over the two days on the Kim Wilkie-designed grass terraces to the rear of the Grade I listed Palladian mansion, including cars from the very dawn of motoring, such as an 1898 Panhard et Lavassor M2F, up to the modern day with cars such as a 2019 Ferrari Monza SP1 and a 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport. Williams F1 Heritage also sent four Formula One cars, including a Williams-Mercedes FW41 car driven in the 2018 season by Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, and was immediately identifiable on the track thanks to its distinctive Martini livery.
Chairman of the motorsport judging panel Max Hunt and fellow judges Lord Montagu, Romulus Rost, Marino Franchitti and James Elliott awarded the bronze Lawrence Edwards trophies. The Horsepower Hill was won by a Ferrari 488 Pista which made the sprint up the main drive in 10.54 seconds.
Better known at the P3, the pre-war class winning 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto was bought from Alfa Romeo by the Spanish privateer Count José Padierna de Villapadierna, who came into a fortune at 19 and managed to spend it many times over. He enjoyed modest success with the car, but by the late 1930s it had left the Count’s stable and travelled across the Atlantic to the USA. The car went on to make several appearances at the Indianapolis 500, racing as the ‘Don Lee Special’ in memory of the radio mogul while in the ownership of his son. Following a sympathetic restoration it still wears its original Don Lee paintwork, and has been shown at events including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance by Jennie Taylor and the late Hugh Taylor.
Ahead of the Concours, the Heveningham Tour saw around 50 cars drive through the scenic lanes of Suffolk before arriving at the former RAF/USAF Bentwaters air base, which was a strategic nuclear-armed base for the Americans during the Cold War. Cars toured the former nuclear bomb stores under ‘armed’ guard and enjoyed a ‘Putin’s Picnic’ adjacent to the Star Wars building at Bentwaters before taking to the main runway with some of the super and hypercars enjoying donuts at the end. A black-tie dinner for owners was held at Heveningham Hall on Friday night followed by another party on Saturday evening.
Commenting on this year’s Concours, Max Hunt, said, “With summer finally arriving just in time, this year’s event has been our most successful to date. A huge thank you to all our owners and, of course, visitors who help to raise lots of money for local charities and provide a full scholarship for a student to undertake the post-graduate MA Intelligent Mobility at the Royal College of Art.”
Similar to 2016 and 2017, Sports Car Digest also documented the Heveningham Hall Concours d’Elegance 2019, with photographer Tim Scott offering the following great selection of images from the grounds of the Georgian mansion.
Heveningham Hall Concours 2019 – Photo Gallery (photos: Tim Scott)
Heveningham Hall Concours 2019 – Award Winners
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto, Jennie Taylor and the late Hugh Taylor
Special mention, 1929 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, private collection
Special mention, 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
1993 Jaguar XJ220S, private collection
Special mention, 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa by Scaglietti
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Roadster by Corsica, Corner family
Hanna Aviation Trophy
1939 Westland Lysander TT MKIII, Aircraft Restoration Company
Special mention, 1941 Curtiss P40-C Warhawk
Ferrari 488 Pista, 10.54 seconds
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[Source: Heveningham Hall; photos: Tim Scott]