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The pleasures of Privé

Anthony Brown reports on the highlights of Salon Privé 2015

 

Despite entries being down from 100 cars and motorcycles in 2013 and 108 in 2014 to 69 this year, the relocated British automotive event of the year, Salon Privé, is well worth a visit.

 

On my trip there yesterday, it was a pleasure to see not only spectacular cars but also to enjoy the spectacular setting of Blenheim Palace and to encounter characters such as eccentrics like Blaine Schumacher who had brought his 1902 Oldsmobile curved two-seater runabout and who chose, alongside his wife, to dress in costume from that period.

 

The pleasures of Privé – Salon Privé 2015 at Blenheim Palace
The 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith owned by His Excellency Nunzio Alfredo D’Angieri
The pleasures of Privé – Salon Privé 2015 at Blenheim Palace
Fine Ferraris included a 1963 250 GT/L Lusso and a 1961 250 GT Berlinetta SWB
The pleasures of Privé – Salon Privé 2015 at Blenheim Palace
A 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster was a firm favourite
The pleasures of Privé – Salon Privé 2015 at Blenheim Palace
The only thing changed on this single owner since new 1972 Dino 246 GT is the paintwork
The pleasures of Privé – Salon Privé 2015 at Blenheim Palace
Mr and Mrs Blaine Schumacher with their 1902 Oldsmobile (photograph by Arjun Reddy)

 

Amongst the ‘star cars’ present was a 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith restored under the direction of Hermès. It had been brought to the show from Belize by His Excellency Nunzio Alfredo D’Angieri and is not only nigh on silent when it moves, but also as colourful a highlight as the fashionable and distinguished family that owns it.

 

Also present to open the extravaganza was the 12th Duke of Marlborough. Back from a holiday in Greece, the aristocrat quipped: “When I heard Salon Privé wanted to come to Blenheim, I thought: ‘Let’s give it a go’. Meanwhile, elsewhere, my wife’s off shopping in John Lewis”.

 

The pleasures of Privé – Salon Privé 2015 at Blenheim Palace
The VIP car park contained many equally spectacular sights
The pleasures of Privé – Salon Privé 2015 at Blenheim Palace
The 12th Duke of Marlborough with Derek Bell MBE behind him

 

Spectacularly put together, this event is far more than a car show. Superbly catered with a lobster BBQ and afternoon tea, attendees enjoyed a fine Concours d’Elegance parade of Aston Martins, Ferraris (mostly from dealer Joe Macari) and Porsches and a lap of honour of winners later. Salon Privé remains open today and tomorrow. To purchase tickets, click here.

 

 

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2 comments on “The pleasures of Privé”

  1. I attend the salon prive, what a fantastic day it was. Magnificent vintage cars paraded around Blenheim Palace grounds. Lots of Shampoo!…and no rain…….artyGent!.X

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