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The Salon Privé was celebrating its 10th year in 2015, and the growth of this event is evident by this year’s setting being Blenheim Palace.
The Salon Privé is the motor show equivalent of Ascot, with limited attendees to ensure that no one is short of a glass of champagne or the lobster lunch over the 3 days. The experience is as important to the organisers as the exhibits, and it shows in the level of service from the helpful staff.
One aspect of the show is the chance to see these exclusive cars, and even more so concept cars, away from the artificial motor show(room) environment and view them outside with natural lighting.
Volvo’s 3 concept cars have an impressive stature, and hopefully this will be just as visible in the production cars that follow.
The debut of the Aston Martin DB10, James Bond’s latest ride in his latest film Spectre, looked stunning – their designers are clearly talking the right design language for future Astons.
As well as the array of supercars, classic rarities and exclusive boutique brands, automotive designers were again well represented with the likes of Frank Stephenson and Simon Cox on the judging panel of the RCA’s ‘Concours of the Future’ competition, along with Richard Woolley and course head Dale Harrow.
It was also a pleasure to see Andrew Barber, a friend and former colleague at International Automotive Design, exhibiting his original art work with a number being sold on the day! see more here
With Silverstone Car Auction at the event, I wisely avoided too much champagne and left before bidding started otherwise I may have been persuaded by Sam Livingstone of Car Design Research to drive away in this lovely Lotus Elan.