When it was announced last year that the Hurlingham Club was not going to be chosen as the venue for this year's Salon Prive Concours D'Elegance, there was a polite, but barely audible "Why not?" in some quarters. Last year's show was held in splendid weather, the display lawns looked the part, the celebrities and their cars turned out and the standard was unarguable.
The usual PR speak ensued, and the show is off to Syon Park this year (22nd – 24th June, if you fancy a gentle trip down the A4) I'm sure that it's just coincidence that when the Hurlingham decided to press ahead with their own show that the schedule suggested an earlier date – there's nothing like getting in first, and I have to say "well done!"
We have been dodging the showers a bit of late, but as these photo's show, the sun shone when it counted. The turnout of cars may not have been quite as numerous, and a few of the big guns are keeping their latest restorations under wraps until Syon Park, but this was still an excellent event.
I'm not going to bore you with too much detail on these beauties, as much of their appeal is with the look and the heritage. The Hurlingham show is about getting close to some rare, gorgeous and more importantly still used cars, and a road test would be inappropriate in this context.
The Best In The Show
The 'Best in the Show', against very stiff competition was the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. The car's owner purchased the car in 2009 from a French collector who had owned it from new. Looking at this selection can only offer inspiration, and I hope many more of you will enjoy some classic motoring in this summer.