There was a plethora of shiny, rare and valuable coachbuilt classics at 2018’s Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, yet one of the standout cars of the parallel Royal Automobile Club ‘Club Trophy’ was effectively an early ’60s Volkswagen Beetle.
Admittedly one with a curvaceous and crafted body, but it was relatively modest given the company in which it found itself.
It says a lot about this particular car that it claimed another award to add to the gong from the Club’s Woodcote House event earlier in the year.
And rightly so: the left-hand-drive 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is as cute as a button and the pride and joy of owner and restorer Lori Clarke and his wife, Skye.
“She was hugely supportive throughout the four-year restoration,” Clarke recalls. “Skye really loves going out in it now that it’s done.”
Despite not being directly involved in the rebuild itself, she thoroughly embraced the project – so much so that she ended up christening the German classic ‘Carmen’ on behalf of the family.
That was one of the driving forces behind the purchase, because the couple wanted a classic car that could accommodate Izzy and Henry, their two then-young children.