Receiving the Rob Emberson Trophy, Yohan Poonawalla said, “I am delighted that the car has been rated as the best in its class from the very impressive Bentley’s line-up. I take this as a testament to the dedication and passion of our hardworking team. I take a look and would like to thank everyone associated with this car. This car was diligently restored by Vivek Goenka and Alan Almeida in Mumbai. Poonawalla further added that recognition for Bentley from industry experts and marque experts It was “a great pleasure” to receive.
The competition was organized in the UK by the International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts (RREC). Their annual Rally and Concours d’Elegance is the largest gathering of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars in the world.
Speaking about the award, Mohd Luqman Ali Khan, consultant and curator of the car said, “I feel privileged to be a part of this journey and present this historic car.” He further added that it is one of the best and most important Bentleys in the world.
The day after the victory, the car was taken for a photoshoot at Hampton Court Palace for ‘Then and Now’ pictures. The scenes were recreated from photographs from the black and white period, where the car was shot in the exact same location as it was about 75 years ago. Before returning to India, the car will visit Crewe, the headquarters of Bentley Motors Limited.
The award-winning Bentley Mark VI was built by London-based Hopper & Company for the Maharaja of Mysore, who at the time was the second richest man in the world. The car gets several bespoke features such as pure gold and silver shield and bar, coat of arms on the doors, flag staff, fold-out tray, and cut glass toiletries with silver top. It is also called the “rhubarb and custard car” because of its dual colour.
The Bentley Mark VI has won many such awards in the past. Previously, the 21 Gun Salute had won the ‘Best of Show’ award at the Concours d’Elegance and the prestigious ‘Duke of Marlborough Award’ at the Saloon Prive.
The Mark VI was produced between 1946 and 1952 and was Bentley’s first luxury car after World War II. Over 1,000 Mark VI cars were built in its six years of production.