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Think Salon Privé and rip-roaring rally cars might not be the first things that come to mind, but they will form part of this year’s grand finale on Sunday 5 September.
Held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire from Wednesday 1 September, Salon Privé’s closing day is the only one that’s fully open to the public and will see it double in size, while visitors will witness the inaugural Salon Privé Hill Sprint.
Blenheim Palace formerly hosted a stage of the RAC Rally and for 2021 a set featuring Group A, Group B and WRC machinery will tackle a course running from the North Gates down to the Great Vanbrugh Bridge.
There will also be a display of cars to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Richard Burns’ World Rally Championship win, plus a line-up in honour of Colin McRae who achieved the same feat 25 years ago last year, COVID-19 forcing the postponement of that tribute.
A separate WRC display is set to bring 30 seldom-seen cars to Blenheim Palace, including Stig Blomqvist’s 1979 Swedish rally-winning Saab 99 Turbo, an ex-Hannu Mikkola Audi Sport quattro S1, a Peugeot 205 T16 campaigned by 1985 World Rally Championship-winning driver Timo Salonen, an ex-Petter Solberg 2002 Subaru Impreza WRC, Colin McRae’s Rothmans-sponsored Group A Subaru Legacy RS and a Citroën ZX Rallye Raid Evo 1 Vatanen drove on the Paris-Dakar Rally.
Rare and revered classics mix with hypercar launches at the five-day Salon Privé where the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type will be celebrated, a unique 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K will vie for glory in the concours d’elegance, the first-ever Triumph motor bicycle will make its first public appearance for more than 80 years, a pair of Ferrari 250GTOs will be on display and much more.
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Images: Max Girardo/Salon Privé