A Stuttgart spectacle at the 2018 Salon Privé Concours Masters

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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2018’s event honours the platinum jubilee of Porsche

Salon Privé 2018 again cemented itself as a standout event in the international classic car community, hosting two separate Concours celebrations within the same event.

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Taking place on September 1, two days after Salon Privé’s own Concours d’Elegance, the second Concours Masters event honoured Porsche’s 70 year anniversary.

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Ovor 40 examples of Stuttgart’s best gathered on the manicured lawn of Blenheim Palace in a more relaxed environment, closer to a marque celebration than a traditional competitive Concours.

Overall Owner’s Choice Award went to a one-of-150 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup, with the Runner’s Up awarded to an ultra-rare 1956 Porsche 356A Cerrera GS Coupe.

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A black 1957 356A Carrera Speedster, the last of four right-hand drive Speedsters of its kind similarly took out the Ladies’ Choice award, along with Best Engine and Best Open Car.

Salon Privé Managing Director and Concours Chairman Andrew Bagley gifted an immaculate 1968 912 Coupe with the Chariman’s Award, with the People’s Choice trophy gifted to the shiny-new 2018 Porsche 991 GT2 RS.

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Next year’s Concours Masters event will be dedicated to Bentley, the luxury British sports car maker. 2019 will see Bentley celebrate their centenary celebrations, with various of the world’s top Bentley collectors gathering on the Blenheim Palace lawns.

Full list of this year’s Concours Masters winners are as follows:

Owner's Choice

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

Owner's Choice Runner-up

1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe

Ladies' Choice

1957 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Speedster

Chairman's Award

1968 Porsche 912

Duke of Marlborough Award

1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster

People's Choice

2018 Porsche 911 (991.2) GT2 RS

Best Air-Cooled Race Car

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Most Historical

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Most Technically Interesting

1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Best Carrera

1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe

Best Engine

1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster

Best Open Car

1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster

Best Interior pre-1974

1967 Porsche 911S

Best Presented

1967 Porsche 911S

Best Interior pre-1998

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7

Best Water-Cooled Race Car

1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS

Best Restoration

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2

Best Limited Edition/Bespoke

1988 Porsche 911 3.2 ClubSport

Most Original

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster

Best Air-Cooled Road Car

1991 Porsche 964 Carrera RS

Best Lightweight

1992 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight

Best Turbo

1998 Porsche 993 GT2 Limited Edition

‘Used as Porsche Intended’

1998 Porsche 993 Turbo S

Best Water-Cooled Road Car

2004 Porsche Carrera GT

Most Desirable Specification

2010 Porsche 997.2 Sport Classic

Best Interior post-1998

2010 Porsche 997.2 Sport Classic

Best Sounding

2016 Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup

Most Evocative

2018 Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS

Best Hypercar

2018 Porsche 991.2 GT2 RS

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