Ferrari Celebrations At Blenheim Palace
By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 14:20
Becoming the UK’s only Concours event to singularly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the legendary marque, Salon Privé is delighted to announce early entries to its Concours Masters ‘Tribute to 70 Years of Ferrari’ celebration.
Over the course of Saturday 2nd September, guests will be dazzled by a timeline of 70 special, and inherently different, models from the Maranello-based marque.
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 the first event in the world to host two Concours during the same event.
The judging will be more subjective and 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-times 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.”