Hampton Court and Salon Prive:
a winning sinergy
Two magnificent Competitions of Elegance over four days: what could seem a rivalry is, in fact, a magnificent opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to enjoy, on two stages so different from each other, the charm of the English passion.
Salon Prive. French style.
Talbot lago B26 Grand Sport, Best in Show with the invitation to the Best of the Best 2019.
The Talbot-Lago, owned by Robert Kudela, winner of the Best of Show award in all its elegance.
The overall winner, or “Best of Show” Award, for the 2019 Salon Prive edition was assigned to the one-off Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé, owned by Check Republic collector Robert Kudela. Among more than 50 cars gathered from all around the world, the international jury members decided that this wonderful and unique Talbot deserved the top recognition.
Built in 1948, this Talbot has previously won the Best of Show at Chantilly Concourse in 2018 and the Post-War Touring class at Pebble Beach. It was commissioned back in the days by Mr Fayoll, a businessman known as the ‘Zipper King’. The car featured some special design features, such as a striking line of chrome stripes along the bonnet or the front headlights built in a special one-off configuration. This particular car was then shown at the 1949 Paris Motor Show. After, it was sold to the US where it disappeared for more than twenty years. It was then owned by Mr. Lindley Locke until 2011, when Kudela managed to buy it and restore it to to this extraordinary level.
Salon Prive has become a truly world-class Concourse d’Elegance, gaining more attention in the community and attracting the best classic cars from more than ten countries worldwide.
This year, the overall quality of the cars was the highest, according to many participants and judges present. For the first time ever, the organization committee decided to use ICJAG-approved judging methods, which adds prestige and recognition to the Concourse. President of the Jury was Ed Gilbertson, former Pebble Beach Chief Judge. Honorary Jury Chief Judge was Derek Bell, legendary racing driver.
Salon Prive became last year part of the Peninsula Best of the Best award, which selects the Best of Show winners from the most important Concourses in the world. The decision for the Best of Show was surely not an easy one. The judges had to choose the winner among thirteen truly spectacular cars that won their respective classes.
The finalists for the Best of Show were also really special: in third position overall, the 1931 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spyder Aprile one-off, owned by Corrado Lopresto, which was also awarded the “Most Unique Bodywork” by the honorary judges.
The wonderful one-off Alfa Romeo Aprile with Blenheim Palace in the background, owned by Corrado Lopresto, which was a class winner and winner of Most Unique Bodywork.
As a runner-up for the Best of Show, the jury selected a unique 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, owned by Katy Forrest. This car was named “Taj Mahal” and it was once owned by the Maharaja of Nabha in India.
Other winners at the event included Anne Lee with her one-off Bentley Blower 4.5 Litre, which won the “People’s Choice Award”, Peter Mullin with his Delahaye “One Million Franc” Racing Car and the Voisin Aerodyne that both won their classes, a one-off Ferrari 250 Vignale owned by Cici Muldoon that won its class and a wonderful Hispano Suiza K6 Brandone that won the “Chairman’s Award” assigned by Andrew Bagley, organizer of the event.
The unique Ferrari 250 Vignale, owned by Jaime Muldoon, won its class and attracted a lot of attention over the weekend.
Hampton Court Palace: a Rolls for Henry VIII
In the magnificence of the Royal Palace, the Silver Gost 1919 of the Maraja. A best in the Show that recalls the Empire.
The Hampton Court Concourse of Elegance takes place at Hampton Court Palace, a former Royal Palace in the London borough of Richmond.
This year the organization managed to gather a collection of some of the most important modern and historic cars. For three days, more than three hundred of the rarest cars on the planet gather here. Differently than the other shows, Hampton Court winner is not chosen by a team of judges, instead by the participants of the show. Each owner chooses the best car on display, the one with most votes wins the Best of Show.
The selection this year was vast and exclusive, spanning from pre-war beauties, such as the rare 1938 Stout Scarab that was built in just 9 examples and featured pioneering solutions like a rear-mounted engine, flexible interior and independent suspension, to modern supercars, such as iconic Mclaren F1, Ferrari F40s, Paganis, among others.
The event celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bentley with a gathering of really special pre-war and post-war examples. Moreover, Aston Martin and Zagato were celebrated with a collection of all models created by the collaboration of the two brands, with a total of 18 cars, including the Aston DB4 GT Zagato.
Zagato’s 100th anniversary was celebrated with a magnificent series of Milanese coachbuilder’s Aston Martins.
The organizers managed to assemble a unique gathering of Ferrari 166MM Touring, with five cars on display, including the 1948 overall winner of Mille Miglia and 24h Le Mans, chassis 0008M, owned by Anne Lee or the 166 that finished Mille Miglia 2nd overall, now owned by Jon Shirley. One of the highlights was a Jaguar D-Type, in beautiful Concourse conditions, presented at the show by Gregor Fiskens.
The coveted Best of Show award went to a unique and extremely beautiful 1919 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost completed with gleaming polished aluminium bodywork.
The magnificent 1919 Rolls, in polished aluminium, made for the Maraja of Nabha in India, elected as Best in Show by the participants.
Hampton Court is part of the Peninsula Best of the Best Award for the most prestigious Concourses, therefore the winner will be part of the competition for the best car of the year at Concourses.
Hampton Court did not disappoint the expectations and proved to be one of the crucial events of the classic car scene.
One of the most famous collector cars in the world: the Ferrari 166 which, after winning the 1949 Mille Miglia, took part in and won the 24 hours of Le Mans driven by Luigi Chinetti who drove it for 23 of the 24 hours.
Photos by Domenico D’Apuzzo, Nostracarmus