The Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance 2016 was held 1-3 September on the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England. The guests enjoyed the selection of more than 75 cars and bikes on display at the 11th annual event, held at the Cotswolds residence of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.
Leading the charge of formidable Italian thoroughbreds, the 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa fended off rivals to steal the Best of Show at the 2016 Salon Prive. It was also the winner in its Racing Improves the Breed class, with another Italian car, a 1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta close behind, being runner-up in the same class. The Maserati however did pip the Ferrari to the post in the race to receive the People’s Choice award.
In tribute to the 50th anniversary of the iconic supercar, and as part of the wider Lamborghini-backed celebrations,the Lamborghini Miura anniversary class drew eight examples to the Concours lawns. Giving the judges a hard task in deciding a winner, the Lamborghini Miura P400SV of Adrian Labi ultimately proved the winner, with the P4000SV of Bill Heinecke finishing close behind.
Other Italian winners included the completely original 1992 Ferrari F40 which won the Dream Machines class, and a restored 1972 Dino 246 GT which won the European Grand Tourers category. The infamous Ferrari 365 ‘Daytona’ caused a stir at this year’s show, with the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 taking Gone with the Wind class win in, the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 winning Best Interior class and the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 finishing runner up in European Grand Tourers class.
With over 75 classic cars and motorbikes, the 2016 Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance assembled some outstanding vehicles, as the competition returned to the World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace. The three-day event incorporates the Concours d’Elegance, Boodles Ladies’ Day and the Salon Prive Supercar Show, also showcasing The Pirelli Prestige and Performance Competition, the EFG Art and Memorabilia Fair and the Salon Prive Sale.
Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance 2016 – Picture Gallery (click image for larger photo)