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Bentley Mark VI from India wins high award at RREC Concours d’Magnificence | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Yohan Poonawalla’s Bentley, restored in Mumbai, is the primary automotive from India to win a prize in an open class Concours overseas.

Industrialist Yohan Poonawalla’s Bentley Mark VI has gained the ‘Finest in Class’ award on the RREC Concours d’Magnificence within the UK. Registered as ‘Mysore 1’, the Bentley Mark VI competed in Class 10 of the competition. Initially owned by the Maharaja of Mysore, it’s the first time {that a} automotive from India, which was additionally restored right here, has gained a prize in an open class in a Concours overseas.

  • Award-winning Bentley Mark VI initially owned by Maharaja of Mysore 
  • Was coach-built by Hooper & Co.
  • Nicknamed ‘the Rhubarb and Custard automotive’ 

Yohan Poonawalla’s Bentley awarded the Rob Emberson trophy

Receiving the Rob Emberson trophy, Yohan Poonawalla stated “I’m glad the automotive was judged because the best in its class from a line-up of very spectacular Bentleys. I see this as a testomony to the dedication and keenness of my hardworking workforce and wish to thank everybody concerned with this automotive”. The automotive was passionately restored by Viveck Goenka and Allan Almeida in Mumbai. Poonawalla additional added that getting recognition for the Bentley from business specialists and marque specialists was “very gladdening”.

The competitors was organised by the Worldwide Membership for Rolls-Royce & Bentley Lovers (RREC). Their Annual Rally & Concours d’Magnificence is the most important gathering of Rolls-Royce and Bentley vehicles on the earth. 

Talking concerning the award, concours guide and curator of the automotive, Mohammed Luqman Ali Khan, stated, “I really feel privileged to have been a part of this journey and to have introduced this historic automotive to the judges. He additional added that the victory made it “among the finest and most essential Bentleys on the earth”. 

On the next day after the win, the automotive was taken for a photoshoot on the Hampton Court docket Palace for a ‘Then & Now’ {photograph}; scenes from black and white interval images have been recreated, the place the automotive was shot precisely on the similar location because it was virtually 75 years in the past. Earlier than returning to India, the automotive pays a go to to Crewe, the headquarters of Bentley Motors Restricted.

Prize successful Bentley initially made for the Maharaja of Mysore 

The award-winning Bentley Mark VI was coach-built by London-based Hooper & Co for the Maharaja of Mysore, who was then the second richest man on the earth. The automotive boasts of a number of bespoke options and regalia corresponding to illuminated shields and plaques in pure gold and silver, coat of arms on doorways, flag staffs, fold-out trays, and minimize glass toiletries set with a silver high. Its distinctive dual-colour mixture earned it the nickname “the Rhubarb and Custard automotive.”

Poonawalla’s Bentley Mark VI beforehand gained the highest honour on the 2020 21 Gun Salute Rally

This Bentley Mark VI isn’t any stranger to successful awards, having beforehand gained the ‘Better of Present’ award at 21 Gun Salute Concours d’Magnificence and in addition the coveted ‘Duke of Marlborough Award’ at Salon Prive. 

The Mark VI was produced between 1946 and 1952 and it was Bentley’s first luxurious automotive after WWII. Slightly over 1,000 items of the Mark VI have been inbuilt its six-year manufacturing run. 

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