LONDON — Salon Privé is proud to announce its return to West London’s Syon Park in 2014 with the dates set for the Sept. 3-5, following a record year for the show in 2013.
World product debuts from BMW for the 2014 X5 M50d and Clark Abel for the ‘Dakar’ Evoque, and European debuts from Spyker for the B6 Venator Spyder and Icona for the one-off Vulcano, marked Salon Privé as the year’s premiere news-setting luxury boutique automotive event in the UK.
For the classic motoring audience, the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance played host to 101 car and motorcycle entrants, a quarter of which were entered from overseas, illustrating the international standing of Salon Privé in world Concours events. Sarah Allen from England took the star ‘Best of Show’ prize with her exquisite 1959 Ferrari 250 California Spyder LWB, perfectly restored by Barkaways.
Forty-five prizes were awarded in all by the prestigious judging panel. Guest judge, Sandra Button, Chair of world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours, said: “I have been extremely impressed by the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance at Salon Privé. The standard of the car entries and knowledge and enthusiasm of the esteemed panel of judges here in London has been exceptional.”
Salon Privé managing director, Andrew Bagley, said: “2013 saw an absolutely outstanding Salon Privé. The event has settled into its early September dateline, with more manufacturers and super car exhibitors than ever joining us. This, combined with the additional offerings of the growing luxury retail village, EFG Private Bank Art and Memorabilia Fair, and our new partnership with the Royal College of Art Vehicle Design Department, put Salon Privé right up there with the leading automotive events of the world, which is exactly what we set out to achieve eight years ago. Endorsement from Pebble Beach, with guest judges Sandra and Martin Button underline our international standing.”
A new attraction for 2013 was the Audemars Piguet British Super Car Show, which attracted over 50 new cars displayed by manufacturers from all over the world in categories including The Hyper Car Collection and Concepts and Prototypes Class. Super Car prize winners for 2013 included the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Pagani Huayra and Vencer Sarthe, with the categories and entrants already looking stronger for 2014.