It was all change at Salon Privé for 2011. Instead of a late-July date in SW6, the event was held some weeks earlier, in the spacious surroundings of Syon House, West London.
Each of the three days carried its own theme, with the event closing with 'carriages' at 01:00 early on Saturday, 25 June. The concours judging took place on the Friday, although guests had ample opportunity for view the entries on all three days, a particular highlight being the drive-through of competing cars every afternoon. As many of these were competition cars, the effect was noisily impressive... DK Engineering did their best to impress with their gorgeous 250 LM (6045 GT), 340 America (0122A) & BMW 328 Roadster (the 6th car delivered and probably the earliest example in Europe) all in attendance.
Upon arriving at Salon Privé, guests were met by a display of modern cars that included Aston Martin, BMW, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Range Rover, Rolls-Royce and Porsche.
Behind the modern cars was a field of historic Group C Porsches, gathered from around the world with the help of Henry Pearman. The name 'Derek Bell' was on many of them, and Bognor Regis's most famous racing driver was present at Salon Privé as one of the concours judges.
Set on the perimeter of the event's two large lawns were white tents housing luxury brands eager to showcase their wares to the captive Salon Privé guests. Associate sponsors, including Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet and Vertu mobile phones, were showing their latest designs, while those looking for a private jet , a helicopter or a boat were well catered for.
Salon Privé co-founder, Andrew Bagley, said of this year's event: "We are so honoured to have brought together such a stunning collection of beautiful and historically significant cars for the 2011 concours, which included amazing collections of sports cars, touring cars, racing cars and motorcycles. This concours is now truly world-class and an event for the UK to be proud of". DK Engineering thoroughly recommend a visit if you haven't already next year!