Maiden Concours d'Elegance victory for Indian entry
The association between the House of Mewar, (which is widely recognised as the world's oldest-living dynasty) and Rolls-Royce, (which is widely recognised as one of the world's most prestigious brands) dates as far back as seven generations. And now, one of the family's much-adored Rolls has entered the pages of history.
On August 19, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, the scion of the House of Mewar, became the first ever Indian to win an accolade at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the USA, in its 62nd edition that concluded only recently. Shriji's 1924 Rolls-Royce 20HP Barker Tourer (or GLK 21) bagged the Lucius Beebe Trophy, a prize awarded to the one classic Rolls-Royce that is most in line with the philosophy of Lucius Beebe, one of the Pebble Beach's earliest judges.
India was the ultimate destination for many of Rolls-Royces early cars because the Indian Maharanas and Maharajas were only too happy to make the transition from horse-drawn carriages to a car
The House of Mewar also took this opportunity to unveil their new coffee-table book, titled 'The Royal Udaipur RR GLK 21 Classic drive from Derby to Udaipur to Pebble Beach and…Continues' that describes the GLK 21's journey from its birth to nearly being disassembled and sold for all its worth, to becoming a favourite with the Mewar family.
The 194-page book also describes the Mewars' love for car rallies and their relationship with Rolls-Royce over several decades, whilst talking about the GLK 21's history and restoration process, of how the Rolls' was once put aside in some corner in Zenana Mahal in the City Palace and how Shriji, who spotted it, went about resurrecting and bringing the car back to its former glory.
Speaking at the conclusion of the event, Shriji A.S Mewar said, 'India was the ultimate destination for many of Rolls-Royces early cars because the Indian Maharanas and Maharajas were only too happy to make the transition from horse-drawn carriages to a car. Back in the old days, this venerable marquee found pride of place for state visits, ceremonies and festivals. In some instances they were also used for hunting and were retro-fitted to accommodate cricket teams. By participating in this event, we want to showcase our legacy and our heritage – because today Living Heritage has more currency than luxury whose definition is so dynamic'.
Nearly a century old, the Rolls still looks smashing. Doesn't it, TopGear.commers?