PETROLHEADS were treated to a spectacular display of the world’s finest supercars at Blenheim Palace.

This year's Blenheim Palace Classic and Supercar show drew tens of thousands to the World Heritage site in Woodstock on Sunday.

There were more than 1,000 vehicles to be ogled as motoring enthusiasts drew up their fantasy shopping lists at what was the second event of its kind organised by Salon Privé.

As well as the enviable display of vehicles, the day also featured a celebration of 70 years of the iconic German manufacturer Porsche, and a ‘Prestige and Performance’ Competition which pitted 80 cars built from 1977 to the current day against each other.

Show bosses were determined to make the event bigger and better than last year’s and the number of people drawn to the palace shows they succeeded.

Around 15,000 visitors came through the gates at Blenheim Palace over the course of the day, more than double last year’s attendance of 7,000.

The grounds were jam packed as classic cars such as classic Bentleys and Aston Martins battled it out against modern Lamborghinis and Bentleys for the attention of the crowds.

And it wasn’t just roadsters that wowed the crowds with vintage vehicles ranging machine-gun-mounted military jeeps to top of the range tractors.

In honour of the celebration of Porsche, owners taking part in the event were given special permission by the Duke of Marlborough to enter the palace grounds via a special entrance that leads along a tree-lined avenue before winding around ‘Capability’ Brown’s lake and over the famous Vanbrugh bridge for the crowds to see.

Organisers said they were pleased with the event, particularly the Prestige and Performance Competition.

Co-founder and sales director at Salon Privé, David Bagley said “The Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition has become a must-attend event for owners, collectors and enthusiasts of modern classics, specifically, super and sports cars produced from 1978 to the current day, and we are justifiably proud of how the competition has developed with the continuing support of Pirelli.

“It is a unique opportunity for visitors and entrants alike to experience a concours-style event - it’s friendly but competitive.”