Grab a Glass of Pommery and Stroll the Grounds
Photography by Liam Henderson
The nine-year-old Salon Privé has become one of the most luxurious motor events in the world, akin to The Quail in the US, but consists of three days of activities rather than the Quail’s one. Held last week from Wednesday through Friday, the first day is the Concours d’Elegance, followed by Boodles Ladies’ Day and the Salon Privé Sale on the second day, and finally, the British Supercar Show closes out the week.
While we’re well-acquainted with Goodwood and Silverstone, the Salon Privé is rapidly gaining in popularity. It is held on a picturesque estate at Syon House, Brentford, which provides an excellent surrounding atmosphere. The show’s overall feel is much different to most as it’s a relaxing event, one can happily wander around the gardens with a glass of Pommery champagne while seeing and hearing some of the rarest cars on earth–not a bad way to spend a day.
Much like The Quail also because of the mix of cars, Salon Privé allows people to show their classics as well as modern supercars. However, this year a 1955 Jaguar D-Type won Best in Show at the Concours d’Elegance. Of equal interest to some, a real 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder and 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso were sold in the Salon Privé Sale. Additionally, there is a nod to the future at Salon Privé that included the debut of Mini’s Superleggera Vision electric roadster concept this year. It is precisely this variety and quality that make the event so remarkable. We can’t wait to see what turns up next year. For now though, we’ll just enjoy this year.