Salon Privé to welcome beautiful motorcycles to Blenheim Palace

July 29, 2021

Salon Privé will be welcoming some beautiful motorcycles to the fabulous surroundings of Blenheim Palace when it returns the first week of September – maybe you’d like to be there?

Whether in the Concours d’Elégance  or elsewhere on the South Lawn, it will be a showcase for the finest two-wheeled machinery from past and present. A new addition for 2021 is the introduction of a motorcycle parade to open the event on the mornings of Wednesday September 1 and Thursday September 2.

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Entrants will start outside the show field, then parade through the grounds of Blenheim Palace and into place on the South Lawn.

There will also be the opportunity for Motorcycle entrants to take part in Tour Privé for the first time, on Tuesday August 31. The 100-mile route will depart the Great Court at Blenheim Palace and travel through the spectacular Cotswold countryside, with a luncheon stop at Grittleton House nestled in the picturesque village of Grittleton, Wiltshire.

The motorcycles in the Concours d’Elégance will be split into three classes. Early entries for the Motorcycle class include a 1968 Triumph TR6C Trophy, a fully rebuilt 1973 Yamaha TZ250A, a 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport will do likewise in a class that will be dedicated to the legendary Italian marque, which is celebrating its centenary in 2021. Judges will include our own Steve Parrish. Thornton Hundred Motorcycles will also have a display at the event which will include their 2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black.

Motorcycle owners who are interested in entering should go to: or head to: for tickets.

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Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.

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