The ultimate joy ride for luxury vehicle enthusiasts

There has been a lot of speculation and hype surrounding the 67th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and for all intents and purposes, it did not disappoint. From Infiniti’s retro racecar to celebrity appearances from Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and more, the annual car show featured some of the most magnificent motor vehicles on Earth. There were classic models, as well as revolutionary designs. For the avid automotive fan, there was no better place to be than Pebble Beach. The exceptional car that was named Best of Show was a 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer, owned by Bruce McCaw.

Best of Show

Bruce McCaw, of Bellevue, Washington, was actually not sure about restoring his ’29 Benz until about a week prior to the show. He expressed his hatred for unnecessary restoration to classic vehicles but also mentioned that after retrieving enough pictures of the car’s original look, it was time to polish up the old roadster. All the restorations were made in just under a week’s time at Steve Babinsky’s shop in Lebanon, New Jersey. Babinsky finished just in time to ship the vehicle across the country to the much-anticipated contest.

Former racecar driver and founder of the British Racing Driver’s Club, Lord Howe was the original owner of the car. In fact, it was built in his vision by Barker of London. McCaw still gives Howe all the credit for the award-winning vehicle, which prevailed against a pool of 204 entries from 15 different countries and 31 different states. It was not only named Best of Show, but the beautiful boattail Benz was also named Most Elegant Open Car.

Runners Up

Bruce wasn’t the only McCaw brother gaining recognition in Pebble Beach. John McCaw, along with his wife Gwen, actually finished runner up to Bruce for Best of Show with their 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder. Rounding out the top-three finalists was a 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria, owned by William E. Connor, of Reno, Nevada.