Beaulieu Supercar Weekend enjoyed bumper crowds and a heatwave that matched the high octane celebration of performance motoring in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
Over 950 supercars were present at the at the A-Plan Insurance-sponsored event weekend, with displays, demonstrations and whole host of top motors for spectators to get up-close to on August 4th and 5th.
Sights included the new TVR Griffith, latest Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 16M Scuderia, Bowler Bulldog, Porsche GTS, Alfa Romeo 4C, Audi R8, classic Ferrari Dino and TVR 400SE. For the first time this year, a grandstand view of the action was televised on a big screen on the Events Arena which also showed interviews with drivers.
Beaulieu Supercar Evolution
Brand new for 2018 was Supercar Evolution, which put supercars of the past alongside their modern-day counterparts for marques including Porsche, BMW, Jaguar and Ford. The 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300SL and modern-day SLS AMG turned heads with their ‘gullwing’ doors, while Aston Martin was represented by its one-time flagship model, the rare One-77, as well as classic DB5 and DB6, racing-inspired Vantage GT12 and brand new Vantage.
Lightweight and powerful, the Ariel Ace motorcycle, Ariel Atom 4 and off-road Ariel Nomad were on show. Gathered on the lawns of Palace House were some of the rarest and most valuable Ferraris, with the 275 of the 1960s, F40 of the 1980s and two laFerrari hypercars flying the flag for the legendary supercar marque.
The Porsche Club of Great Britain stand featured a comprehensive timeline nose-to-tail, starting with the 356 and working through 911s of all ages up to the modern 911 Carrera GTS. Porsche Centre Bournemouth brought a selection of Porsches for sale, including a 718, 911 GT3 RS, Cayenne, Macan and Cayman GT4.
Also taking a trip through motoring history was the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain stand, with a timeline from a 1961 250 GTE, through the 308 GT4, Mondial, 550, 360, 599 GTB, California T and 458 Italia, up to the F12. Lamborghini Club UK brought an Aventador finished in eye-catching teal with orange interior, which was surrounded by fans.
Also showcasing members’ cars were The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts’ Club and Morgan Sports Car Club, while Mustangs Unleashed and Simply Mustang UK displayed Mustangs of all ages.
There was even more to excite fans in the ranks of individual supercars driven into the grounds by proud owners. Radical machines, such as an Ultima Evolution and KTM X Bow, took their places alongside a Bristol Fighter, Ginetta G33, Noble M12, AC Cobra, McLaren 12C, Maserati Quattroporte and Lotus Exige 430 Cup.
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