ANOTHER sun-kissed early September in London saw Salon Privé 2013 draw to a close, following the biggest and most successful show in the event’s eight-year history.
World product debuts from BMW for the 2014 X5 M50d and Clark Abel for the ‘Dakar’ Evoque, and European debuts from Spyker for the B6 Venator Spyder and Icona for the one-off Vulcano, mark Salon Privé as the UK’s premiere news-setting luxury automotive event for 2013.
For the classic Salon Privé audience, the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance played host to 101 car and motorcycle entrants, 22% of which were entered from overseas, illustrating the international standing of Salon Privé in world Concours events.
Sarah Allen from England took the star ‘Best of Show’ prize for her exquisite 1959 Ferrari 250 California Spyder LWB, perfectly restored by Barkaways.
A further new attraction for 2013 was the Audemars Piguet British Super Car Show, which attracted over 50 new cars displayed by manufacturers from all over the world.
The show ended in spectacular style with a finale parade and presentation of the ‘People’s Choice’ prizes based on the collated votes from thousands of attendees to the event during the three days. The ‘People’s Choice’ prize-winners were: Grace and Pace Award – Rolls-Royce Wraith; Most Stylish Hyper Car – Pagani Huayra; Most Sensational Super Car – Vencer Sarthe.