Heveningham Concours has announced the winners in the motorsport and aviation concours at this year’s event which took place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June at the 5,000-acre Georgian estate in the heart of the glorious Suffolk countryside.
Chairman of the motorsport judging panel Max Hunt and fellow judges Lord Montagu, Romulus Rost, Marino Franchitti and James Elliott awarded the bronze Lawrence Edwards trophies to the following cars:
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto (owned by Jennie Taylor and the late Hugh Taylor) - winner, pre-war class (special mention for the 1929 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix)
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (owned by a Private Collection) - winner, post-war class (special mention for the 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS)
1993 Jaguar XJ220S (owned by a Private Collection) - winner, supercar class (special mention for the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa by Scaglietti)
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Roadster by Corsica (owned by the Corner family) – winner, Bentley Trophy
In the aviation concours, the judges (Chair of judging panel Vic Norman, John Romain and Paul Bonhomme) awarded the Hanna Aviation Trophy to the 1939 Westland Lysander TT MKIII owned by the Aircraft Restoration Company with special mention going to the 1941 Curtiss P40-C Warhawk.
Ahead of the concours, The Heveningham Tour saw around 50-cars drive through the scenic lanes of Suffolk and taking in, amongst others, Westleton, Dunwich and Thorpeness, before arriving at the former RAF/USAF Bentwaters air base, which was a strategic nuclear-armed base for the Americans during the Cold War. Cars toured the former nuclear bomb stores under ‘armed’ guard and enjoyed a ‘Putin’s Picnic’ adjacent to the Star Wars building at Bentwaters before taking to the main runway with some of the super and hypercars enjoying donuts at the end. A black-tie dinner for owners was held at Heveningham Hall on Friday night followed by a Summer party with live music and entertainment on Saturday evening.
A total of 60 stunning cars were exhibited over the two days on the Kim Wilkie-designed grass terraces to the rear of the Grade I listed Palladian mansion, including cars from the very dawn of motoring, such as an 1898 Panhard et Lavassor M2F, up to the modern day with cars such as a 2019 Ferrari Monza SP1 and a 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport. Williams F1 Heritage also sent four Formula One cars, including a Williams-Mercedes FW41 car driven in the 2018 season by Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, and was immediately identifiable on the track thanks to its distinctive Martini livery.
Commenting on this year’s concours, Max Hunt, chairman of the judging panel, said: “With summer finally arriving just in time, this year’s event has been our most successful to date. A huge thank you to all our owners and, of course, visitors who help to raise lots of money for local charities and provide a full scholarship for a student to undertake the post-graduate MA Intelligent Mobility at the Royal College of Art.”
Heveningham Concours takes place at the same time as the long-standing Country Fair which itself attracts around 20,000 people to the estate each year.
Pictures: Tim Scott