Prancing Horses on the lawn

Prancing Horses on the lawn

The Salon Privé event at Blenheim Palace brings supercars to an English garden party

Words: Jason Barlow

The social aspect is a big part of the classic car scene. Ferrari ownership automatically bestows a certain status on the individual lucky enough to have the keys, but enter the upper echelons of the historic Ferrari world and you become a VIP at some of the most prestigious social gatherings on the planet.


Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este remain the crown jewels, and eligibility for the Mille Miglia will be forever highly prized. 

However, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival meeting are unmissable spectacles now and Salon Privé, another UK-based event, has moved from young pretender to join the establishment. Now in its 11th year, Salon Privé encompasses a Supercar Show, a concours d’elegance, a tour d’elegance, a Ladies' Day sponsored by Boodles and the Pirelli-sponsored Prestige and Performance Competition. 


Held once again in the grounds of Blenheim Palace (ancestral home of the Duke of Marlborough and star of the most recent Bond outing, Spectre), the event delivered another artful combination of genteel English garden party and horsepower.


Ferrari has been a presence at Salon Privé for some years now and proved a highly supportive partner in 2016, too. As well as the latest road cars, including the magnificent F12tdf, an entire class in the concours was devoted to The Great V12 Ferraris, including a 250 Europa, 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico and Daytona, while the 1956 500 Testa Rossa that starred in the “Racing Improves the Breed” category was awarded Best in Show.