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Little Classic News: 17 January 2015

Blenheim Palace Announced as New Home of Salon Privé

Salon Privé announces spectacular Blenheim Palace as its new home

Salon Privé celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015 with the formal announcement that it is relocating to the magnificent Blenheim Palace, further underlining its position as one of the UK’s premier classic car events.

Conceived by Andrew and David Bagley in 2004, the event has gone from strength to strength showcasing everything from rare bespoke classics through to the latest and rarest prestige and performance cars.

Salon Privé will continue to retain its well-established early September date however this year and for the first time, the event will run from Thursday 3rd September to Saturday 5th September, a move which is sure to attract considerably more buyers, collectors and enthusiasts. The addition of the ‘public day’ to the event will also feature a ‘Speed & Style’ supercar competition from 1975 to-date, held in the Palace grounds, adding an innovative and exciting new component to the event.

Alongside longstanding elements of the three-day event including the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and Boodles Ladies’ Day, there are also some exciting firsts at this year’s Salon Privé, including the opportunity for visitors to test drive many of the desirable cars present and even more spectacular cavalcades of the cars on show.

Blenheim Palace

“We’ve remained true to our original concept,” explains co-founder David Bagley. “We’ve always focused on working with the very best automotive and luxury brands to build Salon Privé into an event that affords guests a level of interaction that’s impossible to beat.”

Built in the early 18th century, the world-famous Blenheim Palace, a jewel in the Oxfordshire countryside, was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. Now residence to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, it is also famed as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Commenting on the relocation, His Grace, the 12th Duke of Marlborough said: “It is an honour for us to be hosting Salon Privé 2015. My wife and son, The Marquis of Blandford, and I are personally looking forward to the event as big motor enthusiasts! With such an exquisite world leading display of classic and luxury vehicles, the Palace and surrounding Gardens and Parkland will be the perfect backdrop for this unique event.“

More details will follow in the coming months, including class categorisations for the world-renowned Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance and ‘Speed & Style’ competition.


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