Salon Privé announces new deal with Lockton ahead of biggest and best Club Trophy
Having welcomed more than 1,000 cars in 2020, the Salon Privé Club Trophy presented by Lockton is set to return to Blenheim Palace on Saturday 4 September as part of Salon Privé Week. The UK’s most prestigious car clubs come together in majestic surroundings, and this year there will more of them than ever before.
The 2021 Club Trophy is particularly significant because Salon Privé has announced a long-term partnership with Lockton, whose Private Clients and Performance division specialises in arranging insurance for prestige marques such as Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari.
‘The Salon Privé Club Trophy is the perfect event for us to partner with,’ said Rachel Gilliam, Partner and Head of Lockton Private Clients. ‘We share a passion for all things automotive, and seeing those great cars against the backdrop of Blenheim Palace, and meeting their enthusiastic and knowledgeable owners, will make for a truly memorable day.’
A number of significant anniversaries will be celebrated this year, including half-centuries for three Italian greats. The Lamborghini Countach stunned the world when it was first shown as the LP500 concept at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, and although it didn’t go into production until 1974, the Bertone-styled sensation went on to become the ultimate ‘pin-up’ supercar.
It shares an anniversary with the Ferrari 365 GT/4 BB, which was introduced at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Its use of a mid-mounted flat-12 engine was a radical departure for Ferrari road cars at that time, and marked the beginning of a line that would continue into the Testarossa during the 1980s.
The last of the ‘Italians at 50’ is the Maserati Bora. The Giorgetto Giugiaro design was the Modena-based marque’s first mid-engined car, and fewer than 600 were built between its launch in 1971 and the end of production in 1978.
Other milestones being celebrated during the Salon Privé Club Trophy presented by Lockton include 70 years of the Jaguar C-type, 40 years of the Lotus Esprit Turbo, and 20 years of the Aston Martin Vanquish. The iconic Jaguar E-type, meanwhile, is 60 years old in 2021, and Salon Privé will honour this most beautiful of automotive designs with a series of special events across the week.
There will be a Manufacturer’s Award and a Secretary’s Award for each club, with the top prize going to the most exceptional car in attendance, as shortlisted by the club judges and manufacturers. The awards conclude with a grand parade of the winning cars.
Salon Privé Director David Bagley said: ‘The Club Trophy is always an enjoyable part of Salon Privé Week, and we’re delighted to announce our long-term partnership with Lockton. This year’s event will be even more exclusive than in previous years – attendance will be limited to owners of a model from one of the selected marque clubs. It should make for a very special atmosphere.’
After experiencing the spectacle in the club paddocks, guests can explore the South Lawn. There they will find some of the most experienced and knowledgeable specialists and restorers in the UK, and will be able to enjoy unrivalled access to the automotive industry’s latest releases. There’s also a brand-new feature for 2021 in the shape of the Red Collection, a carefully curated set of cars that will be unveiled on Wednesday 1 September. The line-up will include the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Zagato Spider that won last year’s Best of Show in the Concours d’Elégance.
With a full programme of events, this year’s Salon Privé Week is set to be the ultimate end-of-summer motoring garden party. Whether you’re looking to get close to some of the world’s finest cars, enjoy the latest designs from leading watchmakers in Salon Privé TIME, or be surrounded by retail therapy courtesy of the most luxurious international brands, Salon Privé has something for everyone.