A Lamborghini Espada, a pukka Ferrari 250GT SWB and a Bugatti Type 35B were among the highlights of the classic turnout at the best ever Wilton Classic Rendezvous and Supercar Day on 14 August.
With more than 10,000 visitors (up around 2000 from last year), massively expanded club as well as trade display areas, and a dedicated hypercar class, the third running of the annual gathering at the Salisbury home of Lord Pembroke was regarded by many as by far the best yet.
While much of the emphasis was on the line-up of hypercars –which extended to a Bugatti Veyron, Spyker C8 Aileron and Ferrari Enzo – the classic displays impressed for their quality and diversity, which is good news for the event organisers, keen on upping the ‘classic’ ante.
Standouts included a BMW 3.0CSL, Porsche 911 Speedster and Shelby Mustang while the Aston Martin Owners’ Club fielded a string of early DBs and an Aston Martin V8 Zagato.
Rarer highlights extended to a Bristol 402, with an example of its closed roof 401 sibling also gracing the lawns along with a Series1 Jaguar E-type Coupe and a classic Airstream caravan.
The impressive classic turnout failed to sway the judges, though, with a Best of show going to a Koenigsegg Agera R while the 129db noise output of a Ferrari Enzo meant it was comfortably voted Loudest Car of the Show.
Photos of the highlights of the day follow below. Double click on the lead image above to launch a slideshow.
Photo credit: George Williams (www.gfwilliams.net)
Ford GT40 continuation
Event featured dedicated supercar display areas
Ferrari 250GT SWB was a classic highlight
As a decidedly more affordable Ferrari, this 308 GTB looked good
Shelby 350GT Mustang
Porsche 911 Speedster
BMW 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile'
Lord Pembroke (left) admires a Bugatti Type 35B
Aston Martin DB MKIII heads strong AMOC turnout
First ever right-hand drive Lamborghini Miura was a classic favourite
Spyker and Pagani Zonda head up dedicated hypercar display
Bugatti Veyron was another hypercar star
Lamborghini Countach spotted on the journey down to Wilton House