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Classes, judges set for Britain’s Salon Prive


Old Number Three poses at Blenheim Palace | Chubb Insurance concours photo
Old Number Three poses at Blenheim Palace | Chubb Insurance concours photo

Salon Prive celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with 10 classes for its tripleheader concours d’elegance September 3-5 at Britain’s Blenheim Palace.

The classes to be judged are:

  • Celebrating 90 Years of the Alfa Romeo 6C
  • Pre-war Luxury & Touring
  • Gentlemen GT Drivers — To the Track & Back
  • Competition Cars
  • Post-war Rare Coachwork
  • Wind in your Hair
  • Pininfarina & The Prancing Horse
  • Fixed Head Coupés from the 50s and 60s
  • Exceptional Motorcycles: 1900-1939
  • Exceptional Motorcycles: 1940-1974

Doing the judging will be a panel led by five-time Le Mans 24-hour race winner Derek Bell. He will be joined by:

  • Fabio Filippini, vice president of design at Pininfarina,
  • Giles Taylor, director of design at Rolls-Royce,
  • Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance,
  • Ferrari historian Keith Bluemel,
  • Henry Cole, chief executive of Gladstone Motorcycles,
  • Philip Kantor, director of business development at Bonhams,
  • Ferrari publicist Joanne Marshall,
  • Adolfo Orsi, president of Historica Selecta,
  • Television commentaor Steve Parrish,
  • Christian Philippsen, organizer of the Louis Vuittan Classic Car Awards,
  • Tom Purves, chairman of the Royal Auto Club,
  • Patrick Rollet, president of the Federation of Vintage Automobiles,
  • Former world motorcross champion Jeff Smith,
  • Mick Walsh, editor of Classic and Sports Car magazine

“The Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance is renowned around the world for its impressive line-up of classics each year,” concours chairman Andrew Bagley said in a news release.

Among the cars already entered is the Bentley Speed Six (Old Number Three) which will be part of the Competition Cars class. Built in 1930, Old Number Three was one of last two cars produced on the Speed Six production line and was raced by Sammy Davies and Clive Dunfee at both the Double Twelve at Brooklands and the 24-hour race at Le Mans.

In the Gentlemen GT Drivers — To the Track & Back class, a Ferrari 250 Tour De France produced in 1958 is entered. It was delivered to Garage Francorchamps and was runner-up in the GT class at the 1,000-kilometer race at the Nurburgring in 1983.

The Wind in your Hair group includes a Jaguar E-type originally owned by entertainer Diana Ross.

The Pre-War Luxury & Touring class already has accepted a 1938 Lagonda Rapide drophead coupé presented by Lord Bamford. The car is one of only a dozen produced and was owned from new until 1955 by Alfred J McAlpine.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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