1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Crowned Best in Show at Concours of Elegance 2019
The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, is celebrating another weekend of motoring royalty, welcoming well over 10,000 automotive enthusiasts and around 1000 incredible cars into the spectacular gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Best in Show was awarded to the 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker, as voted for by the owners of the participating cars.
Seventy-five of the world’s rarest vehicles were parked in the spectacular Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace vying for the honour of Best in Show. The quality of the cars was so impressive that to even be invited to attend was a triumph. Among them was perhaps the most significant Ferrari in the world – a Le Mans and Mille Miglia-winning 166MM – the world’s first production Jaguar D-Type and a collection of the most important Bentleys ever built.
The Best in Show-winning 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker was a crowd favourite throughout the weekend. This elegant car with polished aluminium bodywork was certainly the most flamboyant Silver Ghost ordered by a man who owned 25 of these Rolls-Royces: Lt.-General His Highness the Maharaja Sir Bhupindra Singhof Patiala. In his care it spent many years in North West India. Its styling had been inspired by the French coachbuilder Henri Labourdette, whose stylish Art Deco bodies built on Rolls-Royce chassis in 1913-14 had caught the imagination of the Maharaja, but in December 1915 he chose the leading British coachbuilder Barker to build this body on chassis 11 PD.
Awards were also given out for different classes and eras. Once more judged by the owners of the Main Concours cars, the winners included a fresh factory-restored McLaren F1 and a one-of-nine Stout Scarab – an art deco masterpiece and the world’s first minivan – in the 1930s class.
Outside of the main Concours of Elegance cars, nearly 1000 other models parked at Hampton Court Palace for the weekend, including a collection of Future Classics which were crowned by the car that eventually won this class; an Aston Martin Vulcan. Also taking part in the feature were a rare RUF CTR and a one-of-100 Bentley Mulsanne W.O Edition. Meanwhile, the Harry’s Garage display brought together the best supercars of the ‘90s, including a Pagani Zonda C12 S, a Lamborghini Diablo and a Bugatti EB110SS.
The Aston Martin Owners’ Club gathered an astonishing world-first display of each and every variant of Aston Martin Zagato. During the Centenary Year of Zagato, 17 different cars lined up, charting the evolution of one of the automotive world’s greatest creative partnerships.
Also on display were some of the finest examples from the UK’s most prestigious car clubs, as part of the Club Trophy presented by the Royal Automobile Club and supported by Classic and Sports Car. A panel of expert judges, including HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Classic and Sports Car editor, Alastair Clements, deemed a Vauxhall 30-98 to be the best on display. With just three owners from new, this near-100-year-old car was first owned by an Argentinian horse breeder, who purchased it from Harrods in Buenos Aires. This Vauxhall will now go on to compete in the Main Concours at Hampton Court Palace next year.
Over 50 historic Jaguars were on display on Saturday, competing for the Bridge of Weir Jaguar Trophy. Led by Nigel Woodward of Classic Motor Cars, a panel of judges overwhelmingly decided the car they would most want to take home, was an impeccable and highly original C-Type. This particular car, #XKC 043, was delivered new to Holland in 1955 and campaigned by an amateur racer. It has been with its current owners for more than 50 years now and still sees regularly use, including a victory in the 2004 Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
The full list of awards:
Best in Show – 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by Barker
Pre-1920s – 1904 Napier L49
1920s – 1929 Bentley Speed Six Old No.1
1930s – 1938 Stout Scarab
1940s – 1949 Ferrari 166MM #0008
1950s – 1951 Pegaso Z102
1960s – 1965 Ford GT40
Post-1970s – McLaren F1
The Club Trophy – Vauxhall 30-98
The Bridge of Weir Jaguar Trophy – Jaguar C-Type
Future Classics – Aston Martin Vulcan