Fiennes Restoration embodies The Spirit of Ecstasy at Salon Privé

Fiennes Restoration embodies The Spirit of Ecstasy at Salon Privé

Another week, another award: ‘100 years of the Spirit of Ecstasy’, organised by premier summer garden party, Salon Privé, in London, was won by the Graber-built Rolls-Royce 20/25 drop-head coupé restored by Fiennes Restoration.

Salon Privé lined up a formidable panel of experts whose appreciation and knowledge of top-drawer classic and vintage cars was put to the test at one of the most sophisticated gatherings of rare super cars and classic vehicles, on the carefully manicured lawns of Syon House in London, on 22-24 June.

It was Derek Bell who presented Dr Will Fiennes with the silver plate, in further recognition of the accuracy and sensitivity of Fiennes Restoration work on the Rolls-Royce, which had already won the Masters Class rosette at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Concours and Rally, Rockingham Castle, the previous weekend as well as the ‘Best in Class’ prize in 2010.

Dapper-looking Dr Fiennes felt that the car had, once again, risen to the occasion: ‘it is an absolute pleasure to be rewarded for the results of our work, of course. However, this car represents the pinnacle of restoration competence thanks to our firm commitment to preserving, promoting and developing wide-ranging manufacturing skills.’

The Rolls-Royce is soon to leave for Pebble Beach and its famous Concours d’Elégance, in California.

Photo caption: Dr Will Fiennes (L) is awarded the ‘100 years of the Spirit of Ecstasy’ prize by Derek Bell (R).