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In pictures: the world’s greatest hot hatch festival

Worthersee Volkswagen FestivalThe Austrian town of Reifnitz on the side of Lake Worth, or Worthersee, has hosted the ‘GTI Treffen’ festival for 36 years. Originally a small meet of Volkswagen enthusiasts (just 100 cars attended the first event), more than 100,000 fans from all over Europe now head to the Alps at the end of May. We sent a snapper to the event and captured some of the weird and wacky VWs in attendance.

Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

If Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIs are your thing, you’ll be well catered for at Worthersee. The event was first created to celebrate the original GTI, and there are still loads in attendance today. From the original example to modified ones like this bright yellow GTI, we can get behind the subtle look.

Mk3 Volkswagen Golf cabrioletWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

What were we saying about ‘subtle’? This modified third-generation Golf cabriolet is anything but. There really is something for everyone.

Audi A1Worthersee Volkswagen Festival

Although predominantly a Volkswagen show, there are other VW Group cars in attendance. Such as this interesting Audi A1, which we can barely see thanks to its camo look.

Audi 100Worthersee Volkswagen Festival

Brown with gold alloys doesn’t sound like a great look, but it works for us on this Audi 100.

Audi 50Worthersee Volkswagen Festival

The Audi 50 is what became known as the Volkswagen Polo… and the rest, as they say, is history. This fairly standard and incredibly tidy example received many admiring glances at Worthersee.

Volkswagen Passat CoupeWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

Remember when Passats were cool? This B1 generation Passat Coupe is closely related to the Audi 80 of the same era.

Mk1 Volkswagen GolfWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

In a town full of modified Vee-dubs, there’s something very refreshing about a pair of properly mint Mk1 Golfs as the factory intended.

Volkswagen campersWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

Well, if you’re visiting the Alps for a VW festival, is there a better way of doing it than an old-school VW camper?

Volkswagen BeetleWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

Thanks to their popularity, classic Volkswagen Beetles are still a relatively common sight on the roads. Plenty made it to Worthersee, including this lovely green example complete with skis on the back.

Volkswagen Polo G40Worthersee Volkswagen Festival

The Polo G40 is the result of what happened when VW bolted a supercharger to the 1.3-litre engine in the GT. Although it wasn’t incredibly powerful (it produced 115hp), it’d beat both the Fiesta XR2i and Peugeot 205 GTi in the 0-62mph run.

Volkswagen LupoWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

Ah, the VW Lupo. Pre-dating the popular Up, the Lupo wasn’t quite the sales success of its successor. They’ve got quite a following in Volkswagen circles, though. This was one of a number of modified examples on show at Worthersee.

Volkswagen Polo HarlequinWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

You can imagine the meeting that led to the creation of the Volkswagen Polo Harlequin. “We need to give the Polo a sales boost. Let’s launch a special edition. But what can we do with it?” The answer, apparently, was to paint every body panel a different colour. Around 3,800 were made (and presumably sold), including this modified example.

Volkswagen TouranWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

A Volkswagen Touran people carrier doesn’t seem the obvious choice as a base for a modified car. Name the VW, however, and you’ll probably find a modded version at Worthersee.

Mk2 Volkswagen GolfWorthersee Volkswagen Festival

We spotted this lovely Mk2 Volkswagen Golf in one of the car parks at Worthersee. The decals suggest it’s an Elite special edition… we don’t know much about it, but feel free to tell us more about it in the comments if you do!

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the carsIn case you hadn’t noticed, the 2016 Paris Motor Show is underway. We’re reporting live from the show, which means we can show you all the cars in one rolling mega-feature. We do the walking, so you don’t have to.

Alfa Romeo Giulia VeloceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

If you don’t fancy the range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, may we suggest that a) you check yourself for signs of a pulse and b) you consider the new Giulia Veloce. Available with a choice of either a 2.0-litre turbo or 2.2-litre turbodiesel, the all-wheel drive Veloce is fitted with a standard eight-speed transmission. Will it come to the UK? That remains to be seen.

Audi A5 and S5 SportbackParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

We’ve already driven the impressive new Audi A5 and S5 coupe, but Audi has revealed the more practical five-door Sportback version of both models at Paris. It looks good – if a bit unimaginative – with an interior familiar to anyone who’s driven the latest A4.

Citroen C3Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

This is possibly one of our favourite ‘real world’ debuts of the show – and certainly the car we’d most like to head out on the streets of Paris in. The new C3 looks like a return to form for Citroen, featuring Airbumps from the C4 Cactus. It’s based on an all-new platform and is packed with tech: including an in-built dashcam.

Citroen CXperienceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

This incredible-looking concept is a nod to the 1974 CX. It’s a plug-in hybrid hatchback and hints at the firm’s future design direction, says Citroen. Its bold, yellow interior is quite something – a return to Citroen’s of old where comfort was more important than, well, anything else. As for performance, a total output of 300hp would seem more than adequate.

Dacia DusterParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

For the first time, the Dacia Duster comes with an automatic six-speed dual clutch transmission. It’s mated to the 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine and is available on Laureate and Prestige models. It might be the cheapest crossover in the UK, but it remains one of the most appealing.

Dacia Sandero/Sandero Stepway/Logan MCVParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Dacia has refreshed its entire range of vehicles, with a new look for the Sandero, Sandero Stepway (seen here) and Logan MCV. Granted, the changes are subtle, but the cars look good, especially the faux off-roader that is the Stepway. The cabins have been improved, while a new 75hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is available.

Ferrari LaFerrari ApertaParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

It might just be a LaFerrari without a roof, but that isn’t stopping it attracting the crowds here at Paris. Ferrari hasn’t said exactly how many Spiders will be built – only that the entire production run has sold out in advance.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso TParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Looks familiar? Think again, because the ‘T’ in Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is rather significant. Gone is the 6.3-litre V12 as the ‘standard’ GTC4 Lusso, with a 3.9-litre V8 turbo fitted in its place. It offers an impressive 602hp and is able to sprint to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed is an impressive 198mph.

Honda CivicParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The new Honda Civic was previewed in concept form at Geneva, but Honda’s revealed the production version of the British-built car at Paris. Even in cooking-spec guise, it’s sportier than its predecessor, while new 1.0- and 1.5-litre turbocharged VTEC petrol engines should combine fun with economy.

Honda Civic Type RParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Our cup runneth over with Type R goodness. Hot on the heels of the current Civic Type R comes this: the new Civic Type R. Honda claims it’s a prototype, but it looks pretty damn finished to us. We can’t tell you anything about the performance, but we can tell you it will be sold in the US. Still want that Focus RS?

Hyundai i10Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Hold the front page! Hyundai’s given its i10 city car a makeover for Paris. It’s got a larger front grille, LED daytime running lights and a new rear bumper. Inside, a new touchscreen infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Not exciting, perhaps, but we really like the i10 – and these updates bring it bang up-to-date.

Hyundai i30Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Grabbing a quick seat in the Hyundai i30 here at Paris, it’s clear the brand is trying to take its Focus-sized car upmarket from the budget offering that was its predecessor. Buyers get a choice of three petrol engines and three diesels.

Hyundai RN30 ConceptParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Hot – and we mean hot – on the heels of the regular i30 comes this: the RN30 Concept. This ‘motorsport-inspired racing concept’ is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing 380hp and 332lb ft of torque. Sadly, it’s unlikely to be coming to a Hyundai dealer near you soon. But we can always dream.

Kia RioParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The fourth-generation model of Kia’s Fiesta-sized supermini has been unveiled at Paris, with the firm’s standard tiger-nose grille and a new, bigger platform. It gets some clever driver assistance tech, such as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, while a new infotainment system incorporates Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Lamborghini Centenario RoadsterParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

It wouldn’t be a motor show without some kind of crazy Lamborghini. Step forward the Centenario Roadster, which is like the ‘standard’ Centenario, only with less roof. Before you go reaching for that £1.75 million hidden down the back of the sofa, we’re sorry to tell you they’ve all been spoken for.

Land Rover DiscoveryParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

We nearly walked straight past the new Discovery here at Paris – it does look rather like the Discovery Sport, which itself looks like the Range Rover Evoque. That’s not a bad thing per se, it’s a handsome thing and hasn’t lost any of its practicality. An all-aluminium body means it’s lighter than before.

MINI Clubman John Cooper WorksParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Is this the MINI Clubman we’ve been waiting for? It’s a new John Cooper Works edition, which pumps 228hp through MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system to provide a 0-60mph time of just six seconds. With those twin doors at the back, we’re tempted to say something about it having enough power to blow the blimmin’ doors off. But we won’t.

Opel Ampera-EParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The Opel Ampera-e is a small electric car with a 250-range, set to take on the ever-popular Nissan Leaf. But, surprisingly, Vauxhall has announced it won’t be sold in Britain. A shame as, our first impressions, under the bright lights of Paris, are incredibly positive.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

You may have seen photos of this at Pebble Beach back in the summer, but nothing can prepare for seeing the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 in the metal. It’s as long as it is glorious and as imposing as a Maybach concept should be. It looks like a vision of an electric future that’s been thrust straight out of the 1930s.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV conceptParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

This is the biggy on Mitsubishi’s stand – the new GT-PHEV concept. It follows on from the firm’s eX concept, which itself followed on from the XR PHEV II concept, and teases a future SUV that could sit between the ASX and Outlander.

Mitsubishi OutlanderParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The Outlander’s been given a minor update for Paris, too. The popular plug-in version now features an ‘electric priority’ mode, while all models get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Nissan MicraParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Nissan messed up with the outgoing model – an attempt to make it an affordable world car killed sales in Europe, as so many competitors were simply better in almost every way. But the new Micra, revealed at Paris, could be a return to form for the Fiesta-rivalling hatchback. It’s based on the Sway concept and features a range of engines, including a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol.

Peugeot 3008Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

MPVs aren’t cool anymore – which is why Peugeot is re-launching its 3008 as a crossover SUV. Sales start in November, with a five-setting traction control system offering a modicum of off-road ability – despite the lack of a four-wheel-drive version.

Peugeot 5008Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Like the 3008, the bigger 5008 is also turning from an MPV into an SUV. The seven-seater features the same ‘i-Cockpit’ interior design as the smaller model – replacing conventional dials with a virtual display. We reckon the 5008 is a cracking looking thing and is sure to sell in big numbers back in the UK.

Renault AlaskanParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Paris is Renault’s home show, so the French firm’s stand is rather prominent at the Mondial. On it is the new Alaskan pick-up truck – Renault’s take on the Nissan Navara. Like the Navara, with which it shares a platform, the Alaskan will come in a variety of configurations.

Renault ClioParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The Renault Clio has been given a facelift for Paris, although we’re struggling to spot the difference. Changes include C-shaped daytime running lights and an upgraded touchscreen media system.

Renault KoleosParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The Renault Koleos is coming back! In truth, you’d probably forgotten about the original Koleos, but the fact that the new one will be sold in the UK is big news. Renault claims the large SUV will have ‘the elegant refinement of a large saloon’ and will offer ‘class-leading’ passenger space. Looks great under the bright lights of the Renault stand.

Renault TrezorParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

It’s a French show, so it’s only right that a French carmaker delivers one of the showstoppers. It’s called the Renault Trezor – no, not Trevor – and it borrows heavily from the company’s involvement with Formula E. Beneath that Hot Wheels style exterior lies a 350hp all-electric powertrain, capable of propelling this concept to 62mph in under four seconds.

Renault ZoeParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

From one Renault you can’t buy, to one that you can. Indeed, you can drive the Renault Zoe further than ever before, because it now offers up to 250 miles of driving range from a single charge. It’s thanks to a new ZE 40 battery, which means the real-world range jumps from 106 to 186 miles. The existing 22kWh will remain on sale alongside the new model.

SEAT Ateca X-PerienceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Fancy a SEAT Ateca with a little more bite? The appallingly named Ateca X-Perience is said to be ‘inspired by the Mediterranean culture’ and previews a future direction for the Ateca family. Chunky body cladding, scuff plates and off-road tyres hint at a rougher, tougher Ateca, but it remains a concept, for now.

Skoda KodiaqParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Is there a car that’s guaranteed to be a surefire hit more than a new, affordable VW Group SUV? Making its public debut at Paris, the seven-seat Kodiaq will take on the Kia Sorento when it goes on sale next year. Our first impressions are overwhelmingly positive.

Smart ForTwo Electric DriveParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

How do you make the latest Smart models even more desirable to fashion-conscious city types? An electric powertrain will help. Revealed at Paris, here’s the new electric-only Smart ForTwo.

Smart ForFour Electric DriveParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

There’s also an all-electric version of the four-door Smart ForFour. Both models will go on sale in 2017.

Suzuki IgnisParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

You can always rely on Suzuki for bringing along a quirky new car to a motor show, and it hasn’t disappointed us at Paris. It’s brought the ‘Ignis’ name back, but rather than being a plane-Jane city car, it’s a unique A-segment-sized take on the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3: consider it an arch-rival to the Fiat Panda Cross. It features Suzuki’s SHVS ‘mild hybrid’ powertrain.

Suzuki SX-4 S CrossParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Remember when British Leyland gave the Allegro the Vanden Plas treatment by sticking on a bold grille on an otherwise unappealing car..? Yeah, say hello to the facelifted SX-4 S Cross. At least it benefits from the firm’s excellent new Boosterjet petrol engines, in 1.0- and 1.4-litre guises. Shame the Allegro wasn’t offered with a Boosterjet. “I own an Austin Allegro BOOSTERJET.” Anyway.

Volkswagen I.D.Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

This is the fruit of a post dieselgate Volkswagen. It’s called the I.D. and Volkswagen claims the electric concept offers a remarkable range of between 250 and 373 miles. It’s set to arrive in 2020 and will herald the launch of an entire fleet of electric Volkswagens.

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview“The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.” If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you probably haven’t got petrol pumping through your veins. Yes, it’s time for the Goodwood Revival, which takes place over the weekend of the 9th to 11th September 2016.

150,000 people in period clothingGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Held every September since 1998, the Goodwood Revival is said to be the world’s largest historic motor racing and vintage culture event, with 150,000 people attending in period clothing each year. The question is: what can you expect to see in 2016?

Kinrara TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

New for 2016, the Kinrara Trophy is a 60-minute, two-driver race, taking place as the sun goes down on the Friday evening. The grid will be filled with GT cars of a type built before 1963, with Goodwood claiming it’s “the most glamorous addition to the Revival’s entry list since the event began in 1998”. Expect the field to include Ferrari 250 GT SWBs and GTOs, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and Jaguar E-Types.

Sir Jack BrabhamGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Also celebrated at the 2016 Goodwood Revival will be the life and career of Sir Jack Brabham. The event coincides with the anniversary of his final world championship win. Brabham was a former Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic who went on to become F1 world champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966.

1966 and all that05_Goodwood_Revival

The Goodwood Revival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win, with ‘Life in 66’ featuring a parade of vehicles from the 1960s.

70 years of the bikini06_Goodwood_Revival

Meanwhile, 70 years of the bikini will be brought to life “in ways only Goodwood can”. We’re an itsy bitsy teenie weenie bit intrigued by this one.

Barry Sheene Memorial TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Two stars of the Isle of Man TT will be making their debut at the Goodwood Revival, with John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop doing battle in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. The 1950s style races will be in the spirit of the ‘Goodwood Saturday’ meeting in 1951 – the only time motorcycles raced at Goodwood in period.

Riders and driversGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

As usual, you can expect a rich and varied lineup of riders, drivers and celebrities, including F1 stars, sports car legends, touring car heroes and TV stars. Which means everybody from Tiff Needell (pictured) to David Coulthard, and Theo Paphitis to Steve Soper.

St. Mary’s TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

The event organisers are expecting the St. Mary’s Trophy to be the most closely fought race in Goodwood history, with a battle of 30 identical Austin A35s. There will be two races: one for VIPs, the other for owner-drivers. All cars will have the same engine, gearbox, brakes, fuel tank, dampers, front and rear springs, interior and body panels. So it all comes down to driver talent.

100 years of BMWBMW

The Goodwood Revival will celebrate BMW’s centenary with a grid of BMW-engined cars competing in the Lavant Cup. Speaking about the race, Lord March said: “… the Lavant Cup will feature a stunning lineup of BMW-engined sports cars of the 1930s-50s”.

Aston MartinGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

A special selection of classic Aston Martins are set to do battle on the famous West Sussex track, with the highlights including a 1959 DBR1, a 1961 DB4 GT Zagato and a pair of DB3s from 1953 and 1955. The present day is represented by the new Aston Martin DB11.

Settrington CupGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

The Settrington Cup, in which youngsters do battle in Austin J40s, is likely to be another event highlight. Look out for the pedal-powered racers on Saturday and Sunday.

Freddie March Spirit of AviationGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Now in its tenth year at the Revival, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation celebrates Goodwood’s links with aviation. The concours d’elegance for aircraft built up to 1966 will feature everything from a 1947 de Havilland Chipmunk and a Ryan SCW-145 – the only one of its type still flying outside of the USA.

Britain Can Make ItGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition will include 5,000 items on display across 32 main sections. You’ll find everything from leather briefcases to an atomic cooker. An eclectic mix at the end of the High Street.

Other highlightsGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

But if that’s not enough, the 2016 Goodwood Revival will take a nostalgic look at the 1966 F1 season which saw the introduction of a new 3-litre formula. ‘Return to Power’ will see a grid of ground-breaking F1 cars taking part in high speed demo runs throughout the weekend. Also look out for the Richmond Trophy, Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, Glover Trophy, Sussex Trophy, Madgwick Cup and Whitsun Trophy.

Goodwood Revival by busGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

New for 2016, Goodwood has partnered with Fanzone to provide a bespoke transport service to and from the Revival. A website has been created to source and book buses, taxis and car-sharing opportunities from selected venues in the south of England. Should avoid lengthy queues on the A27 and the inevitable search for a parking space.

Tickets pleaseGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

That said, if you haven’t secured your entry tickets yet, you might be out of luck. General admission tickets are no longer on sale, with only hospitality packages available at the time of writing. These cost upwards of £295. Grandstand passes are also close to sell out.

Social mediaGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

But don’t worry, because the Goodwood Revival will be streamed via its website, with regular updates on social media. It’s the next best thing to being there, but if you want to feel closer to the action, you could always hunt down some period clothing from your local charity shop. Sorted.

Best Dressed CompetitionGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Unfortunately, if you’re sat at your kitchen table, iPad in hand, you won’t be eligible for Best Dressed Competition, which is held on each day of the Revival. Judges award prizes for the most glamorous and authentic outfits. Time to break out your miniskirt and eyeliner?

Goodwood Review reviewGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

We’ll be there to bring you the latest news from the 2016 Goodwood Revival, so stay tuned for our review gallery. We’ll bring you everything from the historic car races to fish finger and Walls ices! Yes, really.

Black and white photographGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

We’ll leave the last word to Rowan Atkinson, who, when describing the Goodwood Revival, said: “It’s like a period painting or black-and-white photograph brought wonderfully to life.” Quite.

Salon Privé

Salon Privé: lobster, champagne and classic cars

Salon PrivéBlenheim Palace: birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But this week, the 18th century palace is alive with the sound of popping champagne corks, cracking lobster shells and fiercely powerful engines. Yes, it’s that time of the year again – welcome to Salon Privé, probably the poshest automotive garden party… in the world. Well, in Oxfordshire, at least.

Lobster and champagneSalon Privé

Did we mention champagne and lobster? Guests – who pay £295 for a ticket – are invited to enjoy lobster and champagne throughout the day. Indeed, some say more lobster is consumed at Salon Privé than at any other motoring event. We may have made that bit up.

Dress smartlySalon Privé

But one thing’s for certain: one does not simply roll up in Subaru team jacket and flip-flops. Guests are invited to “dress smartly”, while on Ladies’ Day, “it’s glamour all the way but remember to wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator if you want to be considered for the prize”.

Fascinating headwearSalon Privé

Yes, something like that. But enough about lobsters and fascinators, what about the cars?

Boutique motoring eventSalon Privé

Now in its 11th consecutive year, Salon Privé is said to be the “UK’s premier ‘boutique’ motoring event”, with the Concours d’Elegance at its heart. The cars are almost as well dressed as the guests. Almost.

Concours d’EleganceSalon Privé

The Concours d’Elegance is split into a number of different categories, including the aptly named ‘Celebrating 50 Years of the Lamborghini Miura.’ This is one of eight Miuras at Salon Privé.

Ferrari 500 Testa RossaSalon Privé

This wonderful 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa is part of the ‘Racing Improves the Breed’ class. Almost all the 500 TRs ever made were built by Scaglietti and they helped Ferrari to secure another world title. It was also successful in the Italian championship and the famous Mille Miglia. It has been awarded the best in show trophy at Salon Privé.

Lamborghini Miura SVSalon Privé

This Lamborghini Miura SV, restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico, has picked up an award in the Concours d’Elegance. Polo Storico is Lamborghini’s in-house service, offering restoration, historical certification, spare parts and technical drawings.

Bristol BulletSalon Privé

Salon Privé is about more than just classic cars, as demonstrated by this Bristol Bullet. It’s the first time the £250,000 speedster has been shown to the public. Though its styling has divided opinion, it certainly looks at home on the lawns of Blenheim Palace. More champagne, anyone?

ChampagneSalon Privé

Did somebody mention champagne?

Maserati A6 GCS BerlinettaSalon Privé

This 1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta is another award-winning car. It’s one of five cars in the ‘Racing Improves the Breed’ category, with the trophy handed over by chief judge, Derek Bell.

Ferrari 250 GT Series II CabrioletSalon Privé

It’s not often you see a Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet on the road. These auction heroes are worth somewhere in the region of £1 million.

Ferrari 275 GTB/4Salon Privé

Meanwhile, here’s a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4. The GTB/4 was an updated version of the 275 GTB, featuring a quadruple overhead camshaft V12 – hence the 4 in GTB/4. There was also an open GTS/4, which was popular in the United States.

Undercover…Salon Privé

OK, we’re heading to a commercial break, so here’s question for you: what exotic beauty is hiding beneath the cover?

More lobsterSalon Privé

If you said ‘Hyundai Stellar’, we’re afraid you’re mistaken. If, however, you said ‘Ferrari’, give yourself a gold star. If you said ‘Ferrari 250 Europa Short Chassis Prototype’, help yourself a plate of lobster.

Norton Model 50Salon Privé

The Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance includes three categories focused on motorcycles, including ‘Exceptional Motorcycles 1900-1939’. One such entry is this 1936 Norton Model 50.

Ferrari F40Salon Privé

No self-respecting boutique automotive garden party extravaganza would be complete without a Ferrari F40. This is one of six cars in the aptly-named ‘Dream Machines’ category, which also includes a pair of Lamborghini Countach, De Tomaso Pantera, Ferrari 512 BBI and Ferrari 288 GTO. That’s an awful lot of bedroom wall space, right there.

AC Shelby CobraSalon Privé

This is the view most people see of the AC Shelby Cobra 427, as it disappears into the distance.

Well-dressed manSalon Privé

Remember what we said about Subaru team jackets and flip-flops? This incredibly well-dressed man is enjoying a pint and a cream tea. Remember: jam first, cream second. Them the rules.

Porsche 911Salon Privé

Meanwhile, back at the Concours d’Elegance, this German-registered Porsche 911 S is entered in the ‘Porsche Racing Pedigree’ class. This 1969 car was campaigned by French drivers Gérard Larrousse and Maurice Gélin. It finished third in the 1970 Tour de France Automobile – the highest ranked Porsche, behind a pair of Matra Simcas.

Rolls-Royce Phantom II ContinentalSalon Privé

And now for something completely different… This is a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental, with coachwork by Hooper & Co Ltd. It has been awarded first prize in the ‘Pre-war Coachwork’ class.

Vulcano TitaniumSalon Privé

They say variety is the spice of life, so from a competition Porsche and a pre-war Rolls-Royce, we bring you the Vulcano Titanium, claimed to be the world’s first titanium car. The Italian wondercar features a supercharged V8 engine developing 670hp. Its makers say it will top speeds in excess of 220mph.

Harp, stay sharpSalon Privé

Salon Privé: the only motoring event where a titanium supercar mingles with a lady playing a harp.

Reservoir lobster?Salon Privé

Like a scene from Reservoir Dogs. We suspect they’re off in search of lobster.