Concours on Savile Row/Hot House Media/, UK – Young Londoners aged between 13 and 17 from the Westminster City Lions chose the best three cars in the Concours on Savile Row, which was held on the famous tailoring street on June 15th and 16th.
They had become part of the Hagerty Youth Judging Program, which is aimed at introducing young people to the automotive world.
1st place was Clive Beecham’s 1950 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta, 2nd was Cici Muldoon’s 1960 Ferrari 250GT PF Coupé, 3rd was Simon Taylor’s 1937 Bentley 4¼ Sedanca Coupé by Gurney & Nutting.
The judges also asked for a special mention for the Everrati Porsche 911 for its style, colours and zero tailpipe emissions EV conversion.
Thousands of Londoners and car and tailoring aficionados from around the World had flocked to London’s Savile Row to take part in the event, which saw 34 world-class cars on display in the famous street, plus guest appearances from Formula 1 and Le Mans 24 Hours racing legend Jacky Ickx (appearing with event Timing Partner Chopard), renowned male model David Gandy, McLaren engineer and STEM ambassador Ella Podmore MBE, and many more.
Jubilant event organizers Geoff Love and David Lillywhite, from Hothouse Media, who spent months working on the event with The Pollen Estate, owner of the significant majority of Savile Row, the global centre for luxury bespoke tailoring, said: “The event has been a huge success with the famous tailoring houses hosting car manufacturers and designers. The response from the public has been amazing and better than we could have hoped for.”
They added: “We are confident that this event, which has created such a very special atmosphere for the Row, will be repeated.”
Julian Stocks, Property Director of The Pollen Estate said of the two-day event, ‘It has been a wonderful spectacle to see these two industries come together and showcase their many parallels. The Pollen Estate is strongly committed to highlighting and preserving the skills and craftsmanship that Savile Row is home to, and we are delighted so many have come down to the Row to enjoy. We look forward to working together on similar events in the future.”
The line-up of cars was an amazing cross section of traditional, reworked, and designed classics. Several of them were electric conversions and were showcased alongside the latest hybrid supercars.
McLaren’s most radical model to date, the hybrid Artura supercar, made its UK debut alongside the company’s latest Ultimate Series model, the lightweight Elva.
The Czinger 21C hybrid hypercar, produced using 3D printing techniques and capable of 0-62mph in just 1.9 seconds, also made its UK debut at the Concours.
David Lillywhite added: “What we created in Savile Row over the last two days was a unique concours which not only looked at the classic cars that we all love but also looked to the future in terms of technology and the cars that will become classics.”
“Good examples of this were the famed 1934 Barnato Hassan Bentley seen alongside a fully-restored 1960s Land Rover Series II upgraded and converted to fully electric power by classic car EV specialists Everrati.”
The Barnato Hassan Bentley was created specifically to break records at the world’s first purpose-built race track, Brooklands in Surrey. The 8-litre Bentley monster topped 140mph on the famously bumpy banked concrete track in 1938.”
Other interesting cars that were on display included:
The Jaguar E-type that starred in the Kingsman: The Goldman Circle movie as the transport of the film’s hero, played by Taron Egerton. The Kingsman films are based around a fictitious tailor, filmed at the real-life premises of Huntsman on Savile Row.
Harlequins and England rugby star David Cooke’s 1960 CEGGA Ferrari 250TR, a faithful recreation using genuine parts of a successful Ferrari Testa Rossa campaigned in motor sport during the 1960s.
These are just some of the many spectacular cars that were on show over the two days. The cars were hosted by tailors, who opened their doors to visitors for fascinating insights into the world of bespoke tailoring throughout the event.
In addition, a central stage featured live music along with talks by many famous faces of the car and tailoring worlds. There were two motoring artists working live at the event, a motoring art exhibition at The Service café and live demonstrations of engineering, watchmaking, metal sculpture making and tailoring.
Background on the cars of Savile Row
The winner, chosen by Westminster City Lions and Hagerty Young Judges, is number 24 of 25 built. Agnelli oversaw the car’s creation by Carrozzeria Touring personally; the two-tone paint, custom dashboard and teardrop rear lights are unique to this car.
Based on the 125S, the MM Barchetta revolutionised sports car design with its V12 engine and ultra-thin Superleggera bodywork, and established Ferrari in international racing with victories at the 1949 Mille Miglia, Le Mans and Spa.
Following Agnelli’s stewardship, the car was owned by Ecurie Francorchamps’ Jacques Swaters for 46 years, during which it was nicknamed Nonna, Italian for Grandma. Swaters restored the car and had the car displayed at the New York Museum of Modern Art. The current owner, Clive Beecham, bought the car in 2012 and drove it in the Mille Miglia in 2013 and 2018, and won the Coppo D’Oro at Villa d’Este in 2015. It also appeared in two exhibitions at Modena’s Enzo Ferrari Museum.
Second place went to Cici Muldoon’s Ferrari 250GT PF Coupé. Chassis number 1743GT is one of just 353 examples built. This is the last of three iterations of the model and was commissioned by 1957 European hill climb champion Willy Daetwyler and supplied via Eleanor von Neumann’s Los Angeles dealership. It was specified with a competition engine featuring three Weber 40 DCL/6 carburettors, high-lift camshafts, and velocity stacks, along with disc brakes, a limited-slip differential, Borrani wire wheels and an Abarth exhaust. Much of its life has been spent in the USA and has only recently been imported to the UK.
Third place went to Simon Taylor’s Bentley 41/4 Litre Sedanca Coupé. Commissioned in 1936 by the Vicomtesse Yvonne Cahen d’Anvers, this Bentley was bodied by Gurney Nutting in a style similar to that of the Hispano-Suiza of her husband, Anthony Gustav de Rothschild. The sweeping coupé was a marked contrast to the more reserved Gurney Nutting offerings, but it took so long to construct that the Vicomtesse lost interest and bought something else.
HR Owen promptly sold it, and after 20 years the car headed to the USA. It stayed there until the late 1990s, when the current owner, journalist, and commentator Simon Taylor, brought it back to the UK. It was then treated to a four-year body-off restoration, after which it won the Montagu Trophy for the most elegant car from Europe at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Finally, an honorable mention was given to the Everrati 911 (964) Signature Gulf Edition, produced in association with Gulf Oil International. Gulf is traditionally known as a downstream oil company but is now actively moving into the e-mobility/electric vehicles sector. The Everrati 964 uses a 53kWh battery pack that provides 500bhp and 500lb ft, around twice that of the original car. It hits 60mph in less than four seconds and delivers around a range of around 200 miles.
The line-up of cars specially selected for the inaugural Concours on Savile Row, included the following:
The unique first and penultimate Ferraris built specifically for renowned Italian industrialist and playboy Gianni Agnelli, who was the principal shareholder of Fiat – and hence Ferrari – for three decades from the mid-1960s (Ferrari was acquired by Fiat in 1969). His first Ferrari was a 1950 166MM barchetta and the penultimate was the only factory-built Testarossa Spider (open-top), a 9186 model.
The all-new Morgan Super 3 three-wheeler, re trimmed by Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner specifically for the Concours.
Bentley’s limited edition (of just 12 examples), fully bespoke Bacalar built by its revived Mulliner coachbuilder division, along with the new UK-only Outdoor Pursuits edition of the Bentayga luxury SUV.
Aston Martin’s rarely seen limited edition Speedster V12 and its new DBX707, said to be the world’s fastest, best-handling SUV.
A 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost – the best car in the world in its day – that spent almost all its life in the US, now making a rare appearance in the UK at the Concours.
A 1997 Ferrari F50 supercar and a sporty 1934 Alfa Romeo 6C, both from auction house RM Sotheby’s and paired with celebrity tailor Ozwald Boateng.
One of the most unusual cars ever seen at a UK car show, a fully restored example of a 1951 Dannenhauer & Stauss Coach built Cabriolet built in period on an early VW base and powered by a Porsche engine.
Two stunning re-made bespoke Jaguar E-types with all-new quad-camshaft engines by UK specialists Building the Legend.
A 1952 Ferrari 225S that competed in the legendary Mille Miglia road race.
An early showing of the new Caton Healey, the £330,000 bespoke re-engineered, fully bespoke re-make of the classic Austin-Healey 100.
An Aston Martin DB4GT originally campaigned by the renowned Essex Racing Stable private race team.
A 1960 Ferrari 250GT PF Coupé owned by female entrepreneur, scientist and concours judge Cici Muldoon, paired with all-women’s tailor The Deck for the event.
The new Bizzarrini 5300GT Revival, a faithful ‘continuation’ recreation of one of the all-time greatest 1960s GT racing cars, which won its class at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1965.
A rare two-door coach-built version of the Citroën DS, a 1960 ID19 Le Paris by Chapron, from the renowned Mullin Automotive Museum in California.
The cars can be viewed at https://concoursonsavilerow.com/cars/
ABOUT HOTHOUSE MEDIA:
Hothouse Media was born from the desire of its two founders, Geoff Love and David Lillywhite, to celebrate the best of the classic and collector car world through print, digital, and live event platforms.
If you like stories like these and other classic car features, check out Old Cars magazine. CLICK HERE to subscribe.
Want a taste of Old Cars magazine first? Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and get a FREE complimentary digital issue download of our print magazine.
*As an Amazon Associate, Old Cars earns from qualifying purchases.