Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition roars back to Salon Privé this September

  • Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster and 1998 Diablo SV confirmed
  • Leading global brand, Pirelli, sponsor Prestige & Performance Competition following sensational debut in 2015
  • 80 cars to compete in modern-day concours across eight categories
  • Gates open Saturday, September 3rd at Blenheim, tickets from £14.90 here

In a celebration of contemporary automotive engineering, Pirelli has confirmed that it will return to Salon Privé to sponsor the Prestige & Performance Competition on Saturday September 3rd, following the success of last year’s event.

The modern-day twist on a Concours d’Elégance drew over 5,000 guests to the inaugural Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition in 2015. Fans were able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of some fabulous vehicles first-hand, as the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari took part in the Pirelli-backed event.

Presented in The Great Court and paraded through Blenheim Palace’s beautiful grounds, the selection of cars is firmly focused on more modern machinery, covering everything from 80’s Italian exotica, through to the latest and greatest hypercars.

Acting, once again, as a centrepiece to Salon Privé’s public day, the 80 outstanding cars will be judged in eight classes during the competition, with the very best crowned as winners on the day. As the celebration draws to a close, visitors get to experience the drama of these cars departing the glorious Blenheim Palace grounds.

Pirelli UK Managing Director Dominic Sandivasci: “We are delighted to be working with Salon Privé once again. Last year the event, which saw some truly beautiful cars on show, was a real success. The Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition aligns with our values, focuses on the prestige market and is indeed a perfect fit for us.”

Early entries are led by a 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster, which is set to compete in The Wind in Your Hair class, alongside a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. Also confirmed for the competition is a McLaren 650S Spider, which will participate in the Speed & Style category.

Visitors are able to enter the Saturday’s Prestige & Performance show on a public Blenheim Palace ‘Park & Gardens’ ticket, costing £14.90. This ticket also allows guest to explore the World Heritage Site’s extensive parklands and formal gardens, making the visit a great family day out.

For those wanting the full Salon Privé experience, there is the opportunity to purchase advance tickets to include the exclusive enclosure on the South Lawn. This provides a lobster luncheon and Pommery champagne, as well as access to the fabulous manufacturer displays of hypercars, supercars and classic cars and, not forgetting, the amazing array of high-end luxury brands and products.

Further entries to the Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition will be announced shortly.

The 2016 Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition classes:

  • To the Track & Back
  • Wind in your Hair
  • Speed & Style
  • The One and Only Porsche 911 Turbo
  • Rival Supercars from the 80s & 90s
  • Tribute to the Lamborghini Diablo
  • The Best of Group B Rallying
  • How Fast is Fast Enough

Car owners wishing to enter their supercar are invited to register their interest here.

Media accreditation is now open, and press can apply via the online booking form by providing their credentials and preferred attendance date. Media invites are limited, so interested parties are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Tickets for Salon Privé 2016 are on sale now:


Media contacts:

Matt Sanger: 0207 952 1079 or

Hannah Burgess: 0207 952 1092 or

James Coghlan: 0207 952 1076 or


Danny Bowles, Public Relations Manager: 01283 525479 or

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About Salon Privé:

Now in its 11th year, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most prestigious Luxury Supercar Show & Concours d’Élégance. It returns to the opulent grounds of Blenheim Palace for the second year running in 2016 from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd September. The three-day event incorporates the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Élégance, Boodles Ladies’ Day and The Salon Privé Supercar Show, also showcasing The Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition, the EFG Art and Memorabilia Fair and The Salon Privé Sale. Salon Privé takes pride and place amongst the leading automotive shows of the world, including the U.S’ Pebble Beach and Italy’s Villa d’Este.

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