Supercars at the Palace

Supercars bask in the sunshine at Blenheim Palace

Supercars at the Palace

Blenheim Palace welcomed more than 10,000 visitors last weekend as it played host to the aptly-named Supercars at the Palace. The event – which is a prelude to September’s Blenheim Palace Classic & Sportscar extravaganza – saw £50 million worth of automotive royalty gather at the World Heritage Site.

In total, 140 cars were displayed in four zones; Porsche Performance, Forza Italia, Best of British and Best of the Rest. Manufacturers in attendance included Alpine, Aston Martin, Bentley, David Brown Automotive, Lamborghini, McLaren and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Here are some of the highlights.

To the manor born?

Lamborghini Urus

The Lamborghini Urus: to the manor born or a blot on the landscape? Whatever your views on Lamborghini’s first modern-day SUV, you can’t deny that this thing oozes presence. It catches the eye, even in these palatial surroundings and when flanked by the kind of cars you’d more readily associate with Sant’Agata.

Packing a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine, the Urus develops 650hp, giving it the best power-to-weight ratio in its class, which kinda helps when your SUV weighs about as much as the Duke of Marlborough’s Oxfordshire pad.

It’ll rocket to 62mph in just 3.6 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 189mph. Try doing that in your 18th century monumental English country house. In short, it’s the fastest five-seat SUV in the world. Eat your heart out, Bentley Bentayga.

Dream garage at the dream house

Alpine A110

As inspirations for dream garages go, this is a pretty epic line-up. Packing for a family skiing trip in the Swiss Alps? Take the Urus or Bentayga. Fancy a romantic weekend away with your better half? Grab the keys to the David Brown Speedback.

There’s even a David Brown Mini Remastered, should the butler run out of goats milk and you need to nip to the organic farm shop for fresh supplies.

Right now, we’d probably take the Alpine A110 on a tour of the Oxfordshire countryside. The retro-inspired two-seater sports car is powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, which drives the rear wheels via a seven-speed DCT gearbox.

We haven’t driven it (yet), but given the lightness (1,080kg), 0-62mph time (4.5 seconds) and 44:56 weight distribution, we suspect the A110 would be the perfect car to escape the manicured lawns of Blenheim Palace, before weaving our way through the Cotswolds, across the border into Wales, before heading back for supper.

A pair of F40s

Ferrari F40

You wait an age for a Ferrari F40 to come along, then two appear at once, etc, etc…

The organisers are keen to point out that Supercars at the Palace was merely a preview for the much bigger event later in the year. “Supercars at the Palace was essentially a three-hour breakfast meet” said sales director and co-founder, David Bagley.

“When you consider that we had in excess of £50 million worth of cars on display and more than 10,000 visitors attending, just imagine what the main event, Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar will be like on September 2nd.”

Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar

Blenheim Palace Classic & Sportscar

David Bagley continued: “That event will comprise of the latest manufacturer displays, classic car displays, a 400-strong Porsche 70 years celebration and the focal point of the day, 80 carefully selected supercars from 1978 to modern day competing in the Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition – the UK’s only concours event for modern-day classics.

“In total, we anticipate in excess of 1,000 cars and more than 20,000 visitors. In a very short space of time, it has become Oxfordshire’s Motor Show and will be a fantastic day out for owners, collectors, buyers and enthusiasts of all ages.”

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