Auto Royale 2020 is set to bring together some of Europe’s finest vintage and classic car restorations including the rarest and most beautiful examples of automotive styling from around the world.
Making its debut 17 – 19 July 2020 at the ancestral home of the Spencer family in Northamptonshire the Auto Royale has been described as a “true festival event which will attract the very affluent and high net worth collectors along with ABC1 owners and enthusiasts of the automotive lifestyle with a range of internationally-proven activations and attractions.”
Spearheading the prestige event will be the British International Concours d’Elegance which follows the usual protocol with around 150 cars from Britain and abroad competing for a range of traditional class awards, special celebration awards and the coveted Best in Show.
There will also be a Trader Village, Classic Tour which will officially open the Auto Royale 2020 event, Dog Pond Entertainment Precinct, Supercar Lawn featuring some of the most outlandish and unapologetic supercars around and finally, The Courtyard Party will illuminate the 500-year old building’s facade as invited guests enjoy five-star hospitality at the official opening night party.
Auto Royale – 1962 Ferrari 196 SP
The first of Auto Royale’s illustrious car line up was revealed today when an exquisite 1962 Ferrari 196 SP arrived at Althorp.
The ‘shark-nose’ 196 SP is a rare and beautiful example of Ferrari’s first mid-engine sports prototype and the last of five surviving Scuderia Ferrari Sports Prototypes constructed for the 1961–62 seasons.
The low-slung Fantuzzi bodywork with a ducktail at the back sits three inches lower than a Ford GT40 and twin air inlets give it its characteristic shark nose – referencing the 1961 Ferrari 156 F1 in which Phil Hill won the 1961 Formula One championship.
Recently quoted between USD 8 – 10 million at the 2019 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, the car raced at the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring, Nürburgring 1000 KM, Elkhart Lake, and 1963 Nassau Speed Week. Despite this varied international racing history, the car has never been seen before in the United Kingdom and will make its exclusive British debut at the inaugural Auto Royale in July 2020.
The rare and stunning car was unveiled at the Althorp Estate by Paul Mathers. Mathers was announced this week as Director of Marque II Media, who founded Auto Royale.
Mathers has created Marque II Media after 25 years in the events and exhibitions industry in Australia, the USA, and South-East Asia. As the founder of Motorclassica and the show’s Event Director for all of its 10 years, Paul will bring his award-winning experience to the UK and with it some very special car collections to showcase. illustrious car line up was revealed today when an exquisite 1962 Ferrari 196 SP was delivered to Althorp.
Paul Mathers, Director of Marque II International Media & Events:
“It’s such a pleasure to finally give car enthusiasts a vision of what will be an incredible line up at our first Auto Royale at Althorp. This stunning Ferrari truly captures the spirit of Auto Royale and our mission to bring rare and spectacular machines to be enjoyed in the surrounds of this wonderful family estate at Althorp.”
“I am excited to bring all I have learned overseas to the World’s biggest classic and historic car market and create something very special for car enthusiasts around the country. As a passionate collector and an enthusiast of British motoring, I am genuinely privileged to have the opportunity to establish a new but traditional concours d’elegance that will bring people together, ignite their passions and get them talking.”
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