Massive flock of Euro classics gathers in South Carolina

| 25 Oct 2012

More than 350 classics descended on the BMW Factory in Greer, South Carolina, for the 17th annual Euro Auto Festival from 19-21 October.

This year’s featured marque was Mercedes-Benz, making Fred Hayes’ 300SL Roadster one of the stars of the show. His father bought the car in 1960 and it has since had a body-off restoration (carried out between 1994-’95) and been driven 40,000 miles since.

A less powerful, but no less attractive, 190SL also attended the event and the car park concealed a rare 220 convertible that parked beside a Triumph Roadster.

Jaguars also featured highly and one of the best was Marty Gawlas’ 1971 Series 2 E-type (main pic). Number 13 of the 19 built that year, the car has a rare specification that includes air conditioning and power steering.

It had been lost in storage for 28 years when Gawlas discovered it – virtually untouched – in 2008, with only 34,542 miles on the clock.  It was then subject to a two-and-a-half-year restoration.

The E-type was joined by Tim Gallagher’s 1968 2.8 S-Type, which he has owned for 10.

The meet also featured technical sessions, a car detailing forum and a talk from Merc expert Bob Platz who discussed concours judging and restoration. To find out more, click here.