Definitely not a paw show...

Bear-hug for multiple-award winner Rolls-Royce (and definitely NOT a ‘paw show’)

Just before winning two awards at America's cult classic car extravaganza Pebble Beach, Fiennes Restoration's Rolls-Royce 20/25 won another Best-in-Class award, at this year's RROC National Meet Concours in Lake Tahoe, California (18 August).

Whilst parked overnight at the beautiful resort where California and Nevada meet, the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupé attracted the attention of a bear cub who climbed all over its bonnet and front wing. The security team frightened the cub away by honking the horn in their car: large paw-prints were left on the 1932 model restored to perfect condition by Fiennes' team.

The 1932 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupé said: 'Despite the unwanted attention, there was no lasting damage to me from the incident, with the paw-prints removed without a scratch in the paint. Further evidence, if needed, of the quality of work carried out on my unique Graber-coachbuilt body. I have, so far, survived a fire, an unwanted bath in Lake Geneva, and many years of neglect and abandon in a barn in the USA, before being found by my current UK owner.'

Perhaps the cub was attracted by the smell of the new leather inside, or by the shiny exterior. It just goes to show that judges and crowds are not the only source of appreciation for Fiennes Restoration's work.

Photo taken by the security guard at Lake Tahoe

1 Prints on front wing
2 Bonnet top and side

paw prints

paw prints 2