As the first Salute To Style hosted by The Hurlingham Club has drawn to a close, visitors, exhibitors, artists and classic car collectors alike have hailed the event as a successful and elegant nod to summer in London: even the sun was a permanent feature throughout the celebrations! As Michael Scott revealed, (who organised Salute To Style in partnership with The Hurlingham Club), the aim was “to create a sophisticated yet discreet salute to style – and we even arranged the weather to go with it!”
Over the course of the event’s three days, an estimated 2,800 guests visited Salute To Style, where The Hurlingham Club was turned into a timeless backdrop against which the very best of automotive, fashion and art endeavours were displayed.
In a true celebration of style in its many forms, priceless Le Mans and Mille Miglia racers, chocolate creations, French wines, Chaumet and Hublot jewels and timepieces, as well as works of art from an exclusive selection of London-based international painters and sculptors, offered visitors a unique display of luxurious elegance. The Luxury Channel particularly liked Chaumet’s Josephine tiara, retailing for £56,900, which we delightedly tried on, along with the matching ring. We might like our cars, but diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend!
Back outside, and over a hundred classic cars flanked the edges of The Hurlingham Club’s famous grounds, interspersed with British history (such as a Spitfire faithfully built from scratch over twenty years) and the very modern (such as Claydon Reeves’ Aeroboat). The Aeroboat is one of the fastest small yachts, and its design was in fact inspired by the Spitfire. Capable of 50 knots, the key to its power lies in the original, fuel-injected Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Entirely bespoke, the Aeroboat is yours for a cool £3 million.
But when it comes to vehicles with history, you really cannot get much more iconic than a car with a famous connection. Lord Brett Sinclair’s Aston Martin DBS, which was driven by Sir Roger Moore in hit TV show The Persuaders!, took pride of place at The Hurlingham Club. The car holds the world-record for most expensive DBS ever sold at auction (precisely because of its prominent profile).
A car with a less famous, although arguably just as great a history, was a 1965 E-TYPE Jaguar once owned by Denis “Jenks” Jenkinson, the winner of the legendary 1955 Mille Miglia with Sir Stirling Moss. Jenks covered over 110,000 miles in this Series One 4.2 FHC, and the car has been driven at speed around a variety of circuits across Europe from the TT to Le Mans (reaching over 130 mph on the Mulsanne Straight), and even the Targa Florio course in Sicily.
If you missed Salute To Style, there are still several upcoming cars concours to attend this year. Salon Prive is held from 3rd – 5th September, followed by the Hampton Court Concours from 5th – 7th of the same month. Head out of London for some vintage fun the following week, as Goodwood Revival is held from 12th – 14th September. Start your engines!