Summer sunshine rewarded fans who braved earlier rain to enjoy some of the most iconic cars in the world, old and new, on the beautiful lawns at Wilton House near Salisbury. Wilton House is the stunning ancestral home of Lord William Pembroke, the 18th Earl of Pembroke, a self-confessed petrolhead.
After some early morning showers, the clouds broke and the sun shone on eager crowds at this year’s Wilton Classic Supercar with Castrol Edge. The sun glinted off drying raindrops on the sleek bonnets of the cars – from Lord Pembroke’s own Ferrari 288 GTO to the all new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, which made its global debut at Wilton, ahead of its official launch at Pebble Beach, USA.
There was a successful new rally stage; with crowds enjoying the rare spectacle of iconic group B rally cars in action, power sliding around the tree at the turnaround point and spitting gravel high into the air on the track through the valley.
The Head to Head theme was the centerpiece, with two pedigree Mercedes nose to nose - the modern SLS facing up to Lord Pembroke’s 60 year old 300 SL gullwing, both cars with their iconic doors raised to the sky.
In the EFG International paddock there were some exceptionally rare classic cars including a Bugatti EB110 which instantly took me right back to reading Fast Lane magazine as a teenager. Maserati were represented to celebrate their 100th birthday and the Ferrari 250 SWB SEFAC Hot Rod won best classic on the day.
Sponsors Castrol brought along Bloodhound, the car built to attempt to break the 1,000 mph barrier in South Africa in the coming months. Richard Noble OBE was also on hand to speak to fans, young and old.
Trial Bike shows, a fantastic shopping green (where the Exhaust Notes team, including Editor Luke Edwards, bought some Dodo Juice car waxes), specialist food stands, local car dealerships and car clubs all added to the family friendly garden party experience.
Lord Pembroke was pleased that the sixth Wilton Classic Supercar with Castrol Edge attracted the British summer and said “We are delighted that those who braved the pessimistic weather forecast not only left with big smiles but also a suntan!”
By Luke Edwards