Salon Privé – the exclusive supercar event celebrated for its display of modern cars and pristine classics (some of which are for sale) – will be held at the stunning Syon Park for the second year running, from September 5 to 7.
The Duke of Northumberland’s west-London home (first picture) will showcase more supercar and haute marques than in previous years, including, as one might expect, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Noble and Spyker, but also, for the first time, models by Fisker and SSC from the US. One of this year’s four-wheeled stars is a fabulous apple-green De Tomaso Mangusta (second picture), with “gull wings” that open up over the back. The firm only made 401 of these cars, rivals to the legendary Lamborghini Miura. This particular model belongs to renowned portrait photographer Jonathan Root (whose work has featured in How To Spend It and forms part of the National Portrait Gallery Photographs Collection) and is in wonderful condition, so it should do well when it’s judged in the “closed sports cars of the swinging sixties” category, especially as it has many of its original features.
Salon Privé is not all about cars, however. Other luxe brands showing off their wares will include some of the greats – think Audemars Piguet, Boodles, Pommery, Riva and Vertu – plus yachts and yacht brokers, and many more from the fields of fashion, furniture, accessories and technology. The Aviation Lawn, new this year, aims to inform guests about ownership and charter options within the private aviation industry.
From the launch-day parade to Boodles Ladies’ Day (with a piece of the house’s jewellery presented to the best-dressed woman), from the Diamond Jubilee Ball and dinner in aid of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, to the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance judging day on the Friday, there is plenty of fun for all, whether petrolheads or the less piston-fixated.
Starting at £234, tickets might sound pricy until you realise they include Pommery champagne, a lobster lunch, a barbecue, complimentary bar and afternoon tea, plus access to the Supercar Show, the Concours d’Elégance, Luxury Brands Village and EFG Private Bank Art & Memorabilia Fayre, as well as the event guide and parking. In any case, it’s not so pricy for readers of How To Spend It, to whom the kind folk at Salon Privé are offering a 10 per cent discount.