Holding Court in the Great Court
Following a gala dinner in the Great Hall of Blenheim Palace, every guest in attendance was invited to join Andrew Bagley, co-founder of Salon Privé, and legendary racing driver John Watson on the steps just outside the hall.
A spectacular sight awaited.
Lit by a spectrum of colourful lights, a series of incredible super and hypercars were introduced by Andrew. As he ran through each of the models at the base of the steps, including a Centenario and a P1, there was one noticeable absence - the McLaren 720S.
Revealing the purpose of the impressive lineup, Andrew Bagley handed the microphone to John Watson to announce which car the racing veteran would, given the choice, elect to drive home from Blenheim Palace. Drums rolled, lights flashed, and at last a name was spoken as spot lights swung away from the deceptively arrayed supercars to one not included in the lineup. Sat in the centre of the Great Court, previously shrouded by the dark, was the McLaren 720S.
Following handshakes and a brief chat with John Watson, Tom received a scale F1 P Zero wind tunnel tyre as a prize. The evening wrapped up in anticipation of a full day ahead for the first ever Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar.
As the day begun, TGE joined forces with racing driver, journalist and presenter Vicki Butler Henderson to judge the CATEGORY in our Prestige & Performance Competition. Soon, however, the crowds came, as did the rain, and what followed was a near constant stream of fans and enthusiasts eager to both meet Tom and see every car on display up close and personal.
Speaking about the show, Tom said “It was absolutely incredible - still can't believe the turnout, despite the rain! Says a lot when that many millions of pounds worth of cars are paraded and displayed for the public, in those sorts of conditions. Made it all the more special in my eyes, that the owners didn't lock them away. Hats off to them to be honest!”