Hat-trick of awards for Fiennes Restoration in the USA

Fiennes Restoration: British craftsmanship champion and winner at Pebble Beach
A hat-trick in the USA for the British specialist

GRW59 at Pebble Beach, with trophies

GRW59 at Pebble Beach, with trophies

Fiennes Restoration won two awards at this year’s most exclusive and competitive automotive event in the world: the invitation-only Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance. Added to the Best in Class at the RROC National Meet (Lake Tahoe) two days before, it brings the total of awards won by Fiennes in the USA to three.

The unique Graber-bodied Rolls-Royce 20/25 Drophead Coupé, restored by Dr. Will Fiennes’ team at their Oxfordshire-based premises, won Second in Rolls-Royce Class, and the prestigious and lavish Lucius Beebe Trophy for the evocative and all-consuming spirit in which Fiennes Restoration returned the car to its former glory after decades of neglect.

Fiennes Restoration’s entry, which beat Phantoms and Silver Ghosts in the competition, was the only Rolls-Royce in the class whose coachwork had not been made in the US, and the first time a ‘small’ Rolls-Royce has won at Pebble Beach: small horsepower is no disincentive in a contest which values overall excellence rather than outright performance.

The Rolls-Royce-sponsored Lucius Beebe Trophy also awarded to Fiennes Restoration’s Rolls-Royce, celebrates the accurate interpretation of both an era and model’s individual essence: epicurean Lucius Beebe, who was one of the early Pebble Beach judges, cut a rather dashing figure as a journalist and author, openly celebrating an alternative lifestyle à la Oscar Wilde, in the hedonistic 1920s. His interest and passion for Rolls-Royce cars reflects that period’s extravagant and self-indulgent attitude.

‘We are thrilled to have been awarded not one, but two awards at the most spectacular classic automotive event in the world,’ says Dr. Will Fiennes, MD of Fiennes Restoration. ‘Together with the Best in Class prize, which we won at the RROC’s National Meet at Lake Tahoe just before Pebble Beach, we come back to the UK with a hat-trick of international awards in recognition of British manufacturing excellence.’

Fiennes Restoration’s work attracted much interest as a sublime example of British craftsmanship, especially in terms of paintwork. The company already has strong links with the US market as one of the very rare specialist parts manufacturer to fulfill demand for original, valuable and hard-to-find pre-war Rolls-Royce and Bentley parts.

RROC Annual Meet, Lake Tahoe

First in Class, RROC

First in Class, RROC

GRW59 at Lake Tahoe

Dwarfed by the local scenery

Pebble Beach, before the crowds arrive