The organisers of Salon Privé have announced a new date for the UK’s premier concours event and issued a statement on the current on going virus pandemic.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding us here in the UK and indeed around the world, the Directors of Salon Privé have taken a pragmatic decision to move the 2020 edition back 3 weeks, with the event now taking place from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th September. The event’s success depends upon a number of parameters, with public safety and confidence remaining a prerequisite; we therefore believe this is a sensible response to the data we all have before us at the time of writing.
Thinking back to our inaugural year in 2006 at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham, South West London, Salon Privé showcased just 41 cars to hundreds of guests over 4 days in mid-June. By contrast, in 2019, Salon Privé showcased over 2,100 classic, super and hyper cars to over 25,000 guests over 4 days in early-September.
Now in its 15th year, the event continues to attract an international gathering of guests, Concours’ entrants and of course automotive OEMs in both the luxury and supercar sectors, so it is essential we host the event at a time when, hopefully, confidence will be greatly restored. With more than 95% of the exhibitor space sold, the event is already all but complete and raring to go.
“Many OEMs now consider Salon Privé 2020 as their first opportunity to debut new models to the UK and in some cases, the global market. As a result, we anticipate even more launches than the record number of 11 debuts in 2019.” said David Bagley, Salon Privé Sales Director.
“I would like to thank our Event Patron and good friend, His Grace, the 12th Duke of Marlborough, and the Blenheim Palace team for accommodating this move. It takes considerable effort and investment to prepare for Salon Privé and to have such support from all our long-standing sponsors, automotive partners, luxury brands and UK Car Clubs, is very humbling and gratifying indeed. There is a huge desire to host this very special annual event and these extra three weeks should ensure we can open the Palace doors to what will be our most spectacular automotive celebration yet.” commented Andrew Bagley, Salon Privé Concours Chairman.