Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours

| 3 Sep 2018
Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours

This striking 1929 Mercedes-Benz S-Type Barker ‘Boat Tail’ won Best in Show at the weekend's Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance.

Based on a 1927 S-Type, then one of the world's most powerful cars, it was first owned by racer and British Racing Drivers' Club co-founder Earl Howe.

Its one-off bodywork featuring unique aluminium side pods was crafted by English coachbuilders Barker.

Many of its first owner's specifications had been lost, but the car has now been returned to its former glory thanks to a recent restoration.

Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Over 1000 cars were enjoyed by nearly 13,000 visitors

Other Concours of Elegance category winners included an Isotta Fraschini Tipo A FENG (in the 'Pre-1920s' class), an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Short Chassis Spider ('1930s') and an ex-Sir Stirling Moss race-winning Maserati 300S ('1940s/’50s').

There was another superstar attached to the top car in the ’60s class – the Porsche 917K was driven by Steve McQueen, no less, during filming for Le Mans.

And you could argue that the car which took the '1970s-onwards' gong is a superstar in its own right: a Lamborghini Miura P400 S, fresh from restoration by the factory.

Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Class victories for the Isotta, Lamborghini, Maserati and Porsche

A very original XK120 scooped the Jaguar Trophy on Saturday, no mean feat given that around 80 cars were vying for this accolade.

The following day, a 1961 Bentley S2 Saloon took the prize for pre-’65 Bentleys, a 2000 Continental T winning the post-’65 gong.

Cars from the UK’s most prestigious car clubs competed for The RAC Club Trophy, which was awarded to an Alvis Speed 25 Drophead Coupé.

In addition, Katie Forrest and her 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 'Taj Mahal', known as ‘Nellie’, went home with The RAC Spirit of Motoring prize.

Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Classic & Sports Car – Unique 'Boat Tail' Mercedes sails to victory at Hampton Court Palace concours
Party time for Aston, Fraser Nash on show, Alfa Romeo 8C and GTO prototype, plus the back-to-best F1 GTR Longtail

The royal palace also saw the reveal of the factory-restored McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, as the firm launched its new F1 certification programme.

And Aston Martin fans were in for a treat as the manufacturer put on an impressive display in honour of the DB4's 60th anniversary, featuring the Bertone Jet and DB4 prototype.


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