Massive flock of Euro classics gathers in South Carolina


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.
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