A sensational Mercedes-Benz S-Type Barker ‘Boat Tail’ has won Best In Show at the Concours of Elegance 2018.
Well over 12,000 motoring guru’s, petrolheads and classic enthusiasts gathered for the Concours of Elegance at the spectacular gardens of Hampton Court Palace this weekend to witness what many have described as ‘the best yet’.
The coveted Best In Show title was given to the extraordinary Mercedes-Benz S-Type Barker ‘Boat Tail’, as voted for by the owners of the Main Concours cars.
World’s Rarest Cars
Some of the world’s rarest cars were showcased in the beautiful and spectacular Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace, all contending for the iconic Best In Show, and the incredible Pullman Trophy.
Invitation only with selection leading to anxious hot sweats, those lucky enough to frequent this motoring royalty included an array of superlative vehicles. Among them was a Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen during filming for Le Mans and the last four-cylinder Ferrari built – the 500 TRC.
Concours of Elegance – Best In Show
Best In Show was awarded to the block-busting Mercedes-Benz S-Type Barker ‘Boat Tail’, based on the 1927 Mercedes S-Type. Described by many as ‘the most beautiful car in the world’, this dream boat was one of the most powerful road-going automobiles in the world in period, developed as the perfect road-going, race capable car.
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A lightweight revolutionary body accompanied by unique aircraft-inspired aluminium side pods crafted by English coachbuilders Barker, the vintage big-hitter was given a magical restoration, bringing it back to Earl Howe’s unique specifications.
Another gorgeous feature was Saturday’s historic Jaguars competing for the Jaguar Trophy. Around 80 of these impressive big cats held their heads aloft amid a panel of judges, lead by Jaguar guru, Phillip Porter. The final desicion was given to a remarkable and highly original X120, covering a frugal 53,000 miles since new.
Sunday descended with more than 60 Bentleys arriving in convoy to the gardens, ranging from the pre-war grand prix cars to some of Bentley’s very latest Continental models. A judging team of Bentley experts carefully assessed each and every model on display before deciding that the pre-1965 Bentley Trophy be awarded to a stunning S2 Saloon. The post-1965 Trophy went to a 2000 Continental T.
As ever with the Concours of Elegance, a huge amount of money was raised for the event’s chosen charities this year; Springfield Youth Club Hackney and the College of St. George. This year’s charity auction was sponsored by Ferrari Financial Services.
The complete awards list was:
Best in Show – Mercedes-Benz S-Type Barker ‘Boat Tail’
Pre-1920s – Isotta Fraschini Tipo A FENG
1930s – Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Short Chassis Spider
1940s/’50s – Maserati 300s
1960s – Porsche 917K
1970-onwards – Lamborghini Miura
The RAC Club Trophy – Alvis Speed 25 Drophead Coupe
The RAC Spirit of Motoring – Katie Forrest and her 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
The Jaguar Trophy – Jaguar XK120
The Bentley Trophy (pre-1965) – Bentley S2 Saloon
The Bentley Trophy (post-1965) – Bentley Continental T
Bridge of Weir British Legends – Morgan 4/4
Future Classics – Rolls-Royce Sweptail
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