Salon Privé Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance ... the Best of Show award went to the 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster

Bugatti T55 Roadster s/n 55234

Bugatti T55 Roadster s/n 55234


Blenheim, 30.08 – 01.09.2018

The 13th edition of the Salon Privé Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance was blessed with fine late summer weather throughout and plenty of warm sunshine. For the 4th running of the event at Blenheim Palace, the show field moved from its previous enclosure away from the Palace right up to the terrace fronting the columned facade of the architectural masterpiece, with the Water Garden to the left and the Italian Garden to the right. Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the home of His Grace The 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, who is now Patron of the event.

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It is a truly magnificent setting and backdrop to what is an impressive garden party in the heart of rural England, with a lobster lunch quaffed down with Pommery Champagne, followed by quintessentially English afternoon tea. This year the event started for entrants with a Concours Tour Dinner, which was held on the Tuesday evening at Raymond Blanc’s renowned 2 Michelin Star Restaurant and Hotel, where breakfast was also taken prior to the tour through the Cotswolds on the Wednesday. The scenic drive featured a coffee stop overlooking the famous White Horse Hill carving, followed by lunch at the picturesque “The Slaughters” country inn, before heading back to placement of the cars on the show field at Blenheim Palace in the late afternoon. 

The premier part of the gathering is the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance on the Thursday, followed by Boodles Ladies Day on the Friday, with Concours Masters on the Saturday. On the Sunday the action moves to the Palace courtyard for the Blenheim Classic & Supercar show, which incorporated the 4th running of the Pirelli Prestige & Performance competition. Apart from all the cars and motorcycles in the main concours, there were also plenty of other examples on display on the manufacturer and dealer displays including the first UK public showing of the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, the Brabham BT62 track only car, the Bugatti Chiron from H.R. Owen, and the new Wiesmann range. Then there were Ferraris courtesy of official dealer Dick Lovett , including a 488 Challenge car and a 365 GTC as part of the Classiche programme, the Dendrobium all electric hypercar, the new Alpine A110, plus Honda NSXs old and new, Mclaren, Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls Royce with a Dawn and the Cullinan SUV. On the dealer front both DK Engineering and Dyal Miles had impressive displays, and then there were all the impressive lifestyle booths around the perimeter of the show field if one tired of looking at cars.

The international judging team was headed by Derek Bell MBE, and included Louis De Fabribeckers Head of Design at Touring Superleggera, Supermodel & Designer Yasmin Le Bon, and Giles Taylor, former Director of Design at Rolls Royce Motorcars, whilst the motorcycles had their own dedicated judging team. There were a total of ten classes including three for motorcycles, A, B & C, whilst in the car classes class D was “Preservation at its Best”, class E was “Pre-War Bugattis”, class F was “Pre-War Luxury Tourers”, class G was for “Grand Tourers of the 50s & 60s, class H was “Wind in Your Hair”, whilst class I was “Best of British at Blenheim Palace”. The remaining classes were class J for “Streamlined Closed Sports Cars”, class K for “50 Years of The Dino”, class L for “Supercars of The Seventies” and class M for “Competition Cars”. The whole entry ran to 20 motorcycles and 55 cars, encompassing a wide variety of motor transport history, from an in-line 4 cylinder 1910 Pierce 4 to a transverse 6 cylinder 1979 Honda CBX1000 in the motorcycle classes, and from a 1920 Bugatti Type 13 Brescia to a 1989 Ferrari F40 GT/LM in the car classes. With such a diverse array of  automobiles to choose from, the selection of the Best of Show award was an unenviable task for the judges, but at the end of the day it went to the 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, chassis # 55234, widely regarded as the most original example in existence due to it never having been restored, and given its age, low mileage of less than 50,000. The runner-up was a magnificent and opulent 1937Chapron bodied Delage D8-120 Cabriolet, with a Lamborghini Polo Storico restored 1971 Miura S taking the final “podium” spot.

On the Friday evening the Chubb Concours cars were replaced on the lawn by the entrants in the Concours Masters Celebration – 70 Years of Porsche, which took place on the Saturday, with its team of specialist judges. There were a variety of awards on offer, and one of the largest award recipients was the 1955 550 RS model that had won class M “Competition Cars” and the “Most Unique Bodywork” award in the Chubb Concours on the Thursday, picking up another three awards on the Saturday.

The Blenheim Classic & Supercar Sunday saw a fine array of cars in eight classes presented in the courtyard, with a vast number of club and trade cars on the lawns around the perimeter of the Palace. There were too many Porsches to count, and at least 40 McLarens models plus a wide selection of other exotica on display. This part of the gathering attracts the public in droves, with over 15,000 visitors being recorded during the course of the day. Apart from the individual class awards, there are two main awards, the Best of Show chosen by the jury, and the People’s Choicely Award based on votes cast by the public. The net result was a win for the truly spectacular Pagani Zonda Oliver Evolution, a One of One example, as Best of Show, whilst the People’s Choice award went to a McLaren 675LT MSO.

2018 Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance Results

Best of Show

Winner: 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
Runner-up: 1937 Delage D8-120
Third Place: 1971 Lamborghini Miura S

People’s Choice

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

CLASS A: Exceptional Motorbikes 1900 – 1939

Winner: 1938 Brough Superior SS100

CLASS B: Exceptional Motorbikes 1940 – 1979

Winner: 1962 Triumph TR6 R

CLASS C: Exceptional Competition Motorbikes

Winner: 1958 Triumph TR10

CLASS D: Preservation at its Best

Winner: 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

CLASS E: Pre-War Bugattis

Winner: 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster

CLASS F: Pre-War Luxury Tourers

Winner: 1937 Delage D8-120

CLASS G: Grand Tourers of the 1950s and 60s

Winner: 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

CLASS H: Wind In Your Hair

Winner: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4

CLASS I: Best of British at Blenheim Palace

Winner: 1965 Aston Martin DB5

CLASS J: Streamlined Closed Sports Cars

Winner: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB

CLASS K: 50 Years of the Dino

Winner: 1970 Dino 246 GT

CLASS L: Supercars of the 70s

Winner: 1971 Lamborghini Miura S

CLASS M: Competition Cars

Winner: 1955 Porsche 550 RS


Duke of Marlborough’s Award (Car): 1964 Ferrari 250 LM
Chairman’s Award: 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series IV
Most Sensitive Restoration: 1939 Steyr 220
Most Elegant: 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC
Most Iconic: 1971 Lamborghini Miura S
Best Restored: 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE
Most Unique Bodywork: 1955 Porsche 550 RS
Most Original Post-War: 1994 Jaguar XJ220
Best Interior: 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V
Spirit Award: 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Tipo Le Mans
Most Opulent: 1937 Delage D8-120
Coup de Coeur: 1968 Dino 206 GT
Endeavour Award: 1963Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight
Duke of Marlborough’s Award (Bike): 1962 Triumph TR6 R
Most Original Pre-War Motorbike: 1938 Moto Guzzi GTC Leggera 1938
Most Original Post-War Motorbike: 1952 BSA Gold Rocket
Most Distinguished Motorbike: 1967 Millyard RC374

2018 Concours Masters Celebration of 70 Years of Porsche Results
Owner’s Choice 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup
Owner’s Choice Runner-up 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe
Ladies’ Choice 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Speedster
Chairman’s Award 1968 Porsche 912
Duke of Marlborough Award 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster
People’s Choice 2018 Porsche 911 (991.2) GT2 RS
Best Air-Cooled Race Car 1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder
Most Historical 1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder
Most Technically Interesting 1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder
Best Carrera 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe
Best Engine 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster
Best Open Car 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster
Best Interior pre-1974 1967 Porsche 911S
Best Presented 1967 Porsche 911S
Best Interior pre-1998 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7
Best Water-Cooled Race Car 1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS
Best Restoration 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
Best Limited Edition/Bespoke 1988 Porsche 911 3.2 ClubSport
Most Original 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster
Best Air-Cooled Road Car 1991 Porsche 964 Carrera RS
Best Lightweight 1992 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight
Best Turbo 1998 Porsche 993 GT2 Limited Edition
‘Used as Porsche Intended’ 1998 Porsche 993 Turbo S
Best Water-Cooled Road Car 2004 Porsche Carrera GT
Most Desirable Specification 2010 Porsche 997.2 Sport Classic
Best Interior post-1998 2010 Porsche 997.2 Sport Classic
Best Sounding 2016 Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup
Most Evocative 2018 Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS
Best Hypercar 2018 Porsche 991.2 GT2 RS

Ferrari Entry



Chassis #

Reg’ #

Class D - Preservation At Its Best

Dino 246 GTS



CBP 200L

Ferrari 275 GTB



UCA 364D

Class G - Grand Tourers of the ‘50s & ‘60s

Ferrari 250 GTE

Grey Met’


657 UYJ

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

Blue Met’


LVG 808B

Ferrari 365 GTC

Grey Met’


VV 365

Class H – Wind In Your Hair

Ferrari 275 GTS

Dark Red Met’


JGU 564C

Ferrari 365 GTS/4



NEW 100

Class J – Streamlined Closed Sports Cars

Ferrari 275 GTB




Ferrari 275 GTB/4

Blue Met’



Class K – 50 Years Of The Dino

Dino 206 GT



D-206-GT (B)

Dino 246 GT




Dino 246 GT



69 GT

Dino 246 GT



CAS 630K

Dino 246 GT

Purple Met’



Dino 246 GT



RCH 646L

Dino 246 GT



DNO 246K

Dino 246 GTS



DNO 246L

Class L – Supercars Of The Seventies

Ferrari 512 BB Koenig




Class M – Competition Cars

Ferrari 250 LM



RON 54

Ferrari F40 GT/LM






Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar – Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition, 02 September 2018


Ferrari Entry



Chassis #

Reg’ #

Class – Super V8s

F430 Berlinetta




F430 Scuderia 16M

Red Met’



458 Speciale

White Met’-Blue St


10 SCC

488 GTB

Yellow-Italian Tric’ St’s



Class – 200mph Club




G912 CLK

599 GTO

Yellow Met’-Black Stripe



F12 TdF

Blue Met’-Silver Stripe



Class – Evolution of the Sportscar

208 GTB Turbo



PAF 369X




512 S


Blue Met’



Class – Targas & Cabs

F355 Spider



R150 DUR





458 Speciale Aperta

White Met’-Black Stripes




Keith Bluemel