Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance 2012 preview

The Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance 2012 will be staged on the 5th, 6th and 7th of September on the grounds of Syon Park in London. This year represents the seventh consecutive Salon Prive and organizers promise a range of new features and exhibits, with more supercar and premium brands than ever before.

In a year when Her Majesty The Queen celebrates the 60-year Diamond Jubilee, the Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing is also celebrating its own 60th anniversary in the public eye and will be on display at Syon Park this September. There will be exhibits from the 1950s to the new tribute SLS.

Expected to steal the limelight at the 2012 Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance is the ROFGO Gulf Collection, the assembly of 18 of the 22 race cars exhibited together in one place for the first time. These cars, instantly recognisable from their iconic sky blue and orange livery, stretch right back from 1967 (the 1967 Mirage was the first Gulf-liveried car to run at Le Mans) to the present day (the 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo that competed in the GT2 Championship).

There will also be a special exhibit dedicated to memorable cars from the movies, including some rare DeLorean examples and a number of vehicles from the Bond franchise of 007 films over the years. Additionally, there will be a display of Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Disco Volante, celebrating 60 years with models from the 1950s and 2012 seen together for the first time, and a collection of Ferrari F40 models that will honor the 25th anniversary of the supercar.

As always there will be some collectors’ models from overseas, including a number of unique one-offs such as the Lamborghini Flying Star (1961 Turin Motor Show car), Aston Martin DB4 Bertone Jet, 1912 Bugatti Type 16 number 471, the oldest competition Bugatti and the personal racing car of Ettore Bugatti and the Ferrari 330 GT Vignale shooting brake, exhibited by its owner – Jamiroquai front-man, Jay Kay.

Tickets to the 2012 edition of the Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance are fully inclusive of Pommery champagne, lobster luncheon, English afternoon tea and provide full access to all areas. They can be purchased at www.salonprivelondon.com or by calling the ticket hotline +44 (0) 808 100 2205.

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