Being the proud owner of a prestige car means, occasionally, you have the opportunity to show off your pride and joy at specialist gatherings throughout the year. The summer of 2014 is bursting with events to get the adrenalin pumping, the pulse racing and the champagne flutes chinking.
A few events of gravitas have become very well established features in our social calendars, last week’s Festival of Speed at Goodwood being a prime example. However others are relative newcomers to the scene. While the majority of motor shows are visitor-led occasions, amongst the new arrivals are a few which offer the opportunity for prestige car owners to become involved, making it far more than simply a spectator experience.
Brooklands Supercar Day – Saturday, July 19, 2014
To many, Brooklands is best known as a motor and aviation museum of superb quality, with an awe inspiring range of exhibits on display. Yet those of an older generation will appreciate that Brooklands is home to Britain’s first purpose built motor racing circuit. Completed in 1907, its races were considered to be “Motor Racing Ascot” for their prestige and elegance. The race track was heavily bombed during the second world war, as Brooklands became a major RAF base, due to its proximity to London. The track was refurbished in 2004 and, almost ironically, is now the famous Mercedes Benz Test Circuit.
The Brooklands Supercar Day provides a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy these magnificent vehicles at close quarters, featuring demonstrations of the most exotic and exclusive modern and classic cars, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Mercedes-Benz, Bugattis, Rolls-Royces, Porsches and Bentleys to name just a few. If you are interested in finding out more about any supercar, prestigious car dealerships such as HR Owen have an impressive range of brand new and second hand cars on offer, and will be able to advise you on any model which you may be thinking of buying.
Not just a static display, pre-registered owners have the opportunity to drive their cars on Brooklands famous Mercedes Benz Test Track including the notoriously challenging Test Hill.
Beaulieu Supercar Showdown – 25 August 2014
Home of the charismatic Lord Montegue, Beaulieu is located close to the New Forest, in Hampshire. Beaulieu is the main rival to Brooklands for the crown of “Best British Motor Museums” housing a staggering range of historic and modern vehicles, including a selection of cars used in the James Bond films.
The 2014 Supercar Showdown will be open for up to 240 private individuals who wish to show their supercar. It gives visitors the rare opportunity to see and hear the distinctive engine notes of the world’s most prestigious supercars as they unleash their horsepower through the grounds of Beaulieu on the newly extended demonstration run.
As part of the fun and pageantry, all visitors will have the chance to vote on their favourite vehicle by voting in a People’s Choice pole. The owner of the car with the largest number of votes will receive a Beaulieu Trophy – presented by Lord Montegue himself.
The Hampton Court Concours D’Elegance – 5 September
Honoured by winning the “Motoring Event of the Year” at the Octane International Historic Motoring Awards last year, this is a must-see event for those who are passionate about the elegant vehicles of yester-year or with an admiration for modern vehicles of exemplary quality, style and panache. The main event is focused around 60 of the world’s rarest classic cars, who are competing for the “Best of the Best” trophy.
To add to the esteem of the event, the Concours D’Elegeance incorporates an exclusive experience for owner-drivers, known as the Octane Tour. This year’s tour will be starting with an elegant breakfast at the iconic Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire before meandering through the leafy lanes of Berkshire and Surrey (including a special privileged section through Windsor Great Park), to arrive at Hampton Court Palace some two hours later.