The Vin-X team enjoyed a fantastic weekend at Chateau Impney where we were proud to sponsor the third Hill Climb on the 8-9 July 2017. Guy Spollon and his son, Rod, are avid classic car enthusiasts and the architects behind one of the most important UK events in the automobile lover’s calendar. A Goodwood ‘in the making’, the Hill Climb’s profile is ‘climbing’ speedily in its own right with Channel 4 and other media in attendance.
Over 200 cars competed with Bugatti, Ferrari, Bentley, Mercedez, RR, Jaguar, Aston, Cobra, Porsche and many more, classics and supercars; they were all there. The Bugatti Chiron current estimated value of £3.5M was a massive spectator draw and Vin-X’s Katie was thrilled to get inside the Jaguar C-X75 (the actual car featured racing Bond’s Aston through the streets of Rome in Spectre), and I was privileged to do a lap in the Ferrari Enzo – see featured on our event gallery page: Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2017
More than 14,000 spectators enjoyed an unforgettable weekend, which also saw aerial highlights from an RAF spitfire, Lancaster Bomber and the Red Arrows. The Vin-X team hosted wine tastings during the two days and I was delighted to present awards to event winners.
As you talk to the car owners, their drivers and mechanics – the enormous passion for the cars is evident and uniformly they all convey a great sense of pride and privilege to be involved with these great assets. There is recognition of the value involved, a rough estimate by two well-known collectors of the total automobile value on the Chateau Impney estate at the event was about Â£1bn. With only one ‘doughnut’ on the day the insurers slept easy on Sunday evening!
The classic car market has also had its ups and downs and Knight Frank’s recent report comparing the performance of luxury assets ranks them as the top performing asset apart from fine wine in the last 12 months – you can read the report in full here: