Springbourne Homes chairman Adrian Burr is celebrating after one of his classic cars was honoured with an award at the UK’s premier car show.
Adrian’s spectacular 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide Coupe was recognised by judges at the prestigious Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance event at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
The British-built, 4.5 litre Lagonda, which was also a ‘First in Class’ winner at the exclusive Pebble Beach Concours in California in 2018, certainly turned heads at the week-long event as it sat in prime position in front of the Duke of Marlborough’s world famous stately home.
Adrian said: “It was a real honour to be able to show the Lagonda at Salon Privé, which really is an outstanding showcase for some of the world’s finest cars, from the very earliest designs, through to the classics and right up to modern day supercars.
“The backdrop of Blenheim Palace added to the spectacle and meeting some of the other owners and car enthusiasts made it a week to remember.
“Going home with a trophy really was the icing on the cake and I must admit I toasted the car’s success with a celebratory glass or two afterwards.”
Adrian bought the Lagonda last year in a Transatlantic deal brokered by a Californian Car Dealers and promptly shipped the car 9,250 miles back to the UK, with Salon Privé its first public appearance in this country for almost 80 years.
He added: “It’s a very special car, one of only 17 designed by the legendary W.O. Bentley, of Bentley car fame, and one of just two sporting James Young coachwork.
“It was fitted with an upgraded, 4.5 litre ‘Sanction IV’ engine, making it one of Britain’s fastest, most sought after, pre-war cars with a top speed of 108mph. It was way ahead of its time and the best thing of all is that it drives as good as it looks!”