Posted on 14 September 2015
The 2015 Salon Prive’ Concours d’Elegance, held at Blenheim Palace this year for the first time, proved a huge success for Thornley Kelham, who were awarded prizes for both cars entered into this prestigious event. A unique, Giovanni Michelotti-designed, Motto-bodied barchettaknown as the ‘Goldmanini’ was awarded ‘Most Sensitive Restoration’ of the entire show, a remarkable achievement in a field of superbly restored vehicles. Originally constructed for class G competition in SCCA races during the mid-1950s, the car was exhibited in the US, briefly raced and then stored for decades. A meticulous and painstaking restoration to original specification was carried out, using historical photographs and documents as reference.
A 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider, the subject of a total nut and bolt restoration came Runner Up in the ‘Wind in Your Hair’ category, beating off the likes of a Ferrari 275 GTS, a Maserati 3500 Vignale Spyder, a Mercedes 300SL Roadster, a Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spider and Jaguar E-Type Roadster. The most elegant of Lancias, this B24 Spider is one of 59 right hand drive cars and the ninth built out of 240 examples.
On the Thornley Kelham stand, a unique, hand-built and completely bespoke Lancia Aurelia B20GT ‘Outlaw’ caused a real stir, many people describing it as their car of the show! An award-winning Derby Bentley (‘Best in Show’ at the 2015 Bentley Club’s annual concours), completed the stand.