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When a car show is sponsored by the likes of Audemars Piguet, Pommery, Vertu and Boodles you just know that the event is unlikely to be held in the local field for boot-fairs.

Syon Park is the family home of the family of the Duke of Northumberland and has been for the past 400 years. It is also very elegant and the perfect setting for the annual Salon Privé event in London. So the stage was set for 2012 and the sun was shining on the beautiful people and some rather excellent motor cars.

So what was there? The Salon Privé and Concours d’Elégance was the venue chosen for the debut of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster, Rimac Concept_One electric hyper car, Renovatio T500 from Croatian super car maker Tushek, Bentley GT Speed, Carozerria Touring Supleggerra’s 2012 Disco Volante and Overfinch’s Range Rover Sport-inspired Limited Edition GTS-X. So there was plenty of new metal to gawp at.

If you are into your Classics then it was difficult to know where to look because there were some excellent old-timers at Syon House and plenty of them. How about 13 F40’s in celebration of 25 years since the car was born. A 1908 RR Silver Ghost, 1936 Jaguar SS Tourer, an Ogle SX 1000 (remember those?), a couple of Ferrari 250, 275 and 330’s including the ex-James Coburn/Chris Evans California Spyder, JK’s one-off Vignale 330 GT and no less than nine examples of various Bugattis dating from 1912. The Concours d’Elegance is being judged this Friday and it will be hard to pick the winners from such a high standard of entrants.

Our favourites at the Salon Privé this year? The 8C-based Carrozzeria Disco Volante, Rimac Concept_One, The ROFGO Gulf Collection including the GT40, the AM DBR9 (Chassis No 007), Maserati MC12 in black, Alvis ‘Super’ Cabriolet and the iconic green Miura S.

We took over 100 images of cars at the event so take a look at the slideshow below…..roll on Salon Privé 2013!

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Chelsea Auto Legends 2012

Posted: September 2, 2012 by The Car Spy in Events, Motor Shows

Well the sun didn’t shine but at least it didn’t rain this year and an overcast sky makes for better photos anyhow. Chelsea Auto Legends 2012 brought out the crowds and gave us all an excuse not to stuff ourslves with roast beef and yorkshire puddings on a Sunday afternoon.

A good atmosphere comes as part of the package of the pleasant rolling landscaped gardens of the Chelsea Royal Hospital and the odd mingling Chelsea Pensioner in their resplendent scarlet red jackets only added to the occasion. If you ever wondered what the Chelsea Hospital and Pensioners were all about click here – if you are a Chelsea supporter you probably know already!

The show itself contained no real surprises but it was interesting to see some old classics mixing it with some very contemporary supercars in an environment which was neither corporate nor local club-meet.

To describe every car would fill a book but basically there was something for everybody whatever period you were into. Personal favourites were a rare Jaguar XJR-15, Maserati MC12, Lancia Stratos, Jaguar C-Type, A Fiat 500 fitted with a 1500cc Alfa engine, Astons DB4 and 5, Chameleon Sagaris, Ferrari 275, Black Enzo….actually too many to mention.

We took over 100 images at the event so take a look and you will probably spot one of your own favourites…….

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Late last week the Earl of March – founder of the annual Festival of Speed (28 June – 1 July) and Goodwood Revival (14 – 16 September) – announced some of the news highlights for this season’s Goodwood events. These include:

2012 Festival of Speed Highlights:

At least seven current Formula One teams attending and in action, including the very first Goodwood appearance for double F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, along with the Red Bull Racing team and his team mate Mark Webber.  Expect to see other top teams and drivers at the Festival too, with more names due to be confirmed shortly.  Sebastian Vettel’s Goodwood attendance links in perfectly with the 2012 Festival of Speed theme – ‘Young Guns – Born to Win’.

The Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ is one of the World’s finest automotive concours d’elegance car design competitions, and for 2012, a unique gathering of vehicles will be brought together to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  All vehicles will have a direct connection with Her Majesty, with most never or rarely seen in public before. These will range from formal State limousines, through to personal cars, an aircraft and even a Royal train carriage.

The 2012 Festival of Speed will honour one of Britain’s most iconic and innovative sports car brands – Lotus.  The Company’s past, present and future will be celebrated with the main Central Feature ‘installation’ outside Goodwood House, plus at least 50 significant Lotus race and road cars in action and on display during the Festival weekend.

The 2012 Festival will see expansions and enhancements to the GAS (Goodwood Action Sports) arena, the relocation of the Goodwood Aviation Exhibition within the Festival Parkland, near the Moving Motor Show, plus the largest collection of two-stroke competition motorcycles ever assembled at the event.

2012 Goodwood Revival Highlights:

An at-speed demonstration of the breath-taking Silver Arrows Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union competition cars 75 years after their memorable race in the UK at Donington.

Fiftieth anniversary celebrations for the Ferrari 250 GTO, with plans for a daily parade of at least half the total GTO production, plus an all-AC Cobra race to mark the first half-century of the iconic Anglo-American sports car.

A daily tribute to American racer Dan Gurney, 50 years after taking his first Grand Prix victory.

Two very special races, with the Nine Hours night race, 60 years after this first Goodwood race into the dark, plus a new Goodwood competition, the Settrington Cup, being held for young drivers in Austin J40 pedal cars!

A five minute video with highlights of these announcements, plus more, can now be viewed and downloaded for your own use at

There will be many other features and attractions to this year’s Goodwood motor sport event, with more details to follow over the coming weeks and months.

Tickets and further information for the 2012 Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival can be found on the Goodwood website ( sport), or via the Ticket Hotline as follows: Telephone: +44 (0)1243 755055

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Bentley’s new Continental GT 4.0 litre V8 tried Goodwood’s hill climb for size and instantly hit its stride in preparation for this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Goodwood’s VIP guests got an early glimpse of this latest member of the Continental family as well as hearing the unique, sporting rumble of Bentley’s latest high performance engine.

The Bentley Driving Team also took the opportunity to give the world’s fastest luxury convertible, the 6.0 litre W12 Continental Supersports Convertible ISR, as well as the company’s flagship, the 6.75 litre V8 Mulsanne, some early season and high-speed workouts.

At the same time Jaguar won the ‘Most Spirited Getaway’ Award for the second consecutive year at the launch of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The honour, won last year by Touring Car driver Anthony Reid in an XFR, was won at the 2012 event by Alex Buncombe at the wheel of an XJS TWR owned by JD Classics.

The light-hearted Award is given to the driver judged to have made the most enthusiastic, crowd-pleasing departure up the notorious Goodwood Hill.

The car, a 1984 Jaguar XJS TWR and chassis 005 of just seven produced was previously driven by Win Percy. It made a suitably dramatic start as the combination of slick tyres and a 485bhp, race-specification V12 and side-exit exhaust system ensured a visual and aural spectacle.

It was joined on the Goodwood Hill by the iconic Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-8/9 run by Don and Justin Law – the latter aiming to once again set the pace at the 2012 running of the event having completed the run in just over 44 seconds in previous years.

The 2012 Festival of Speed takes place between June 28 and July 1 with crowds expected to number in excess of 180,000 over the three days.

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Croft Circuit is inviting media to re-live what many believe were motor rallying’s glory days by attending a special sneak preview of the massively popular Roger Albert Clark Rally.

The event is held in memory of late Seventies British rally hero Roger Clark and very much in the spirit of the old Lombard RAC Rallies that wowed the nation from the Sixties through to the early Eighties – think Ford Escort MKIs & MKIIs, Porsche 911s, Lancia Stratos, Vauxhall Chevette HSRs and Mini Coopers to name but a few…

On Tuesday 22 November a selection of these iconic cars that will be contesting 2011’s R.A.C – acknowledged as one of the world’s ‘blue riband’ events for historic rally cars – will be at Croft Circuit.

There will be opportunities to film/photograph the cars and even experience a co-driver’s eye view with a high-speed passenger ride in some of them. Drivers will also be available for interviews as will key members of the organising team.

Less than two weeks later on Saturday 3 December the R.A.C will be back at Croft Circuit for its two competitive timed special stages which form part of this year’s R.A.C route (Fri 2 to Mon 5 Dec) that includes a further 20 stages in the forests of North Yorks, Kielder, the Borders, Dumfries and Cumbria.

We very much hope you can join us at Croft Circuit on Tuesday 22 November for our preview of this quite exceptional event – not just for the UK motor sport calendar and motoring enthusiasts alike but also for communities right across the North East and West regions.

Those wishing to attend please reply asap by emailing Croft Circuit Media Officer Carl McKellar or calling 01372 414120.

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