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Concours of Elegance ... Best in Show 1929 Mercedes-Benz Type S Barker


Hampton Court Palace, 31.08 - 02.09.2018

The seventh edition of the “Royal Concours” as it widely known, due to its tour of Royal residences, including St James Palace and Windsor Castle, before settling at Hampton Court Palace, was held over the weekend of 31 August – 02 September. It featured a total of 60 desirable automobiles displayed in the Palace’s Fountain Gardens, ranging from a 1903 Panhard et Levassor 15 HP to a 2018 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso Tailor Made. There were also massive club displays on the perimeter of the main show area, together with classic dealer displays, broadening the spectrum of cars for visitors to enjoy. Those participating in the club displays were eligible for judging by HRH Prince Michael of Kent and his team for the RAC Club Trophy. There was also a RAC Spirit of Motoring Trophy, which went to Katie Forrest for her passion and flair in taking part in the Concours in her 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost ‘Taj Mahal’, affectionately nicknamed ‘Nellie’.

It is unusual, in that unlike most concours it has no jury to judge the cars, with each owner of a participating vehicle having a vote for their favourite car on display, obviously not being able to vote for their own. This year the awards were extended to have ones for set production periods, under the same process, pre-1920s, 1930s, 1940s/50s, 1960s and 1970-onwards. There was also a public vote for the “Future Classics” display and “Harry’s Garage” display, the former featuring the likes of the unique Rolls Royce Sweptail and Mclaren Senna, whilst the latter was comprised of four door performance cars, which included a Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, the Lancia 8.32 with its V8 Ferrari engine and a Jaguar XE SV Project 8. The public vote went to the opulent Rolls Royce Sweptail, which certainly had massive presence, and was exquisitely crafted in the company’s finest tradition. 

Apart from the main concours awards and those already mentioned, there were Jaguar and Bentley Club awards on the Saturday and Sunday respectively, with eminent experts for each marque choosing the recipients of the awards. The Jaguar Club award went to a highly original XK 120 with only 53,000 recorded miles, whist the Pre-1965 Bentley Club award went to a S2 Saloon, and the Post-65 award went to a 200 model year Continental T. The much coveted overall Best of Show award, the Pullman Trophy, went to the 1929 Mercedes-Benz Barker Tourer originally built for the founder of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, Earl Howe, which was very impressive in its blue and polished aluminium coachwork, and was the winner of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2017.


Best in Show

1929 Mercedes-Benz Type S Barker


Isotta Fraschini Tipo A FENG


Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Short Chassis Spider


Maserati 300S


Porsche 917K


Lamborghini Miura P400 S


The RAC Club Trophy

Alvis Speed 25 DHC

The RAC Spirit of Motoring Trophy

Katie Forrest and her 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

The Jaguar Trophy

Jaguar XK 120

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


Ferrari Entry



Chassis #

Reg’ #


166 Inter Touring Coupé

Dark Red


770 XUX


212 “Uovo”

Silver-Dark Blue


VI 19370


500 TRC

Silver-Red Stripe




250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Blue Met’




275 GTB*

Grey Met’


11 DOF


275 GTB (Alloy)

Pale Blue Met’


CEL 85


365 California



TGU 587E


Dino 246 GT



SIL 246


GTO (288) Prototype




TH 4

GTC4 Lusso

“Arancia Rik” Met’


GT 600



*Did Not Show


Keith Bluemel