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Our History

Experience & Passion

With history dating back to the 17th Century, the ‘Concours d’Elégance’, meaning Competition of Elegance, began in Paris with aristocrats parading their horse-drawn carriages on Summer weekends. Today, it is an opportunity for owners of prestigious classic automobiles to come together and celebrate their spectacular machines.

When conceiving their own event, it was the exclusivity, elegance and ambience of early Concours that inspired brothers, Andrew & David Bagley. Their research immediately took them to the US to see the wonders of Amelia Island and of course on to California for Monterey Week.  Next stop was to the shores of Lake Como for the world-renowned Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza where they experienced a very different style to that of the existing UK & European events.

Today, Salon Privé sits alongside these events on the world stage, providing the UK with a Concours event to be proud of.

Hurlingham Club

Their experience and passion to introduce something unique to the UK and European automotive sector led to the creation of Salon Privé, launched in 2006 at the Hurlingham Club in London. The event was an instant success amongst prestigious automotive brands, classic car owners, collectors and enthusiasts.

Syon Park

After five years, the event had expanded and was relocated to Syon Park in West London. Within this new, larger venue the event flourished into an internationally renowned automotive gathering with more brands participating, daily parades, and more visitors.

Blenheim Palace

Four years later it was time to move on once more to a long-term home at the magnificent and historic Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Regarded as ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’, it is a staggeringly beautiful location with the access, amenities and flexibility essential for the continued development of Salon Privé.

A beautiful event in a beautiful setting with fine-dining, champagne, spectacular cars and likeminded people, Salon Privé offers an unforgettable experience with a unique and timeless approach to the world of Concours d’Elégance.

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