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Just a week ago, Bruce R. McCaw's 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer emerged from the restoration shop of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, New Jersey. This weekend, having crossed the country, the boattailed beauty captured the top prize at the prestigious 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
"This Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer is a combination of speed, style and power," said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. "Somehow these three elements—along with those fantastic torpedo running boards—become the very definition of elegance."
The sporting tourer was first delivered to a Captain Miller on behalf of Earl Howe, who founded the British Racing Drivers' Club.
"We've had the car for several years," said McCaw, of Bellevue, Washington. "The question was whether or not to restore it. I always hate to restore something that doesn't need it. But we finally found enough pictures that we knew the car needed to be restored."
The car retains its original Marchal lighting equipment and chrome-plated wheels; these are complemented by low-cut doors and unusual torpedo-style running boards. The rich blue color was inspired by a dress made of peacock feathers in the 1850s.
In the final circle, McCaw was up against his brother, John McCaw, who with wife Gwen McCaw, competed for Best of Show with their 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder. Also there was a 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by William E. (Chip) Connor of Reno, Nevada.
The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, held on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, drew 204 cars from 15 countries and 31 states—and the total included 54 first-time entrants.
This year's event also raised more than $1.6 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Co. Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these charitable funds will benefit over 80 local charities, according to the foundation.
Celebrity guests in attendance included Jay Leno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Strahan, Jerry Seinfeld, and John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar.
The 68th Pebble Beach Concours is set for Sunday, Aug. 26.
Fast Facts: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Presented by Rolex
- Rolex Best of Show Award went to a 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer, owned by Bruce R. McCaw of Bellevue, Washington
- McCaw received a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 for the win
- The Barker Tourer emerged from restoration at the hands of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, New Jersey just one week ago.
- McCaw’s brother, John McCaw, won best in class with a 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder
- Also in the winner’s circle was William E. (Chip) Connor’s 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria
- 155 cars participated in the 2017 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
- The same cars were joined by a further 49 invited vehicles at the Concours d’Elegance, for a total of 204 vehicles competing on the 18th fairway Sunday
- The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance drew entrants from 15 countries and 31 states, including 54 first-time entrants
- Rolex has been a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance since 1997