Cars with a story to tell, even if they’re tired and battered, always interest me far more than a surgically-sterile concours example. While it’s great to see a beautifully restored car, those that aren’t so smart but have had a famous owner, an interesting competition past or just loyally served their owner for many years deserve recognition. I’ve always been interested in cars run by politicians – from the Rolls-Royces and Bentleys in Tory Alan Clark’s fleet to the Armstrong-Siddeley Hurricane owned by Labour’s Bob Cryer, it’s a combination of my two greatest interests. That’s why I was especially drawn to a one-off bodied Bentley S1 once owned by the MP for Rye, Sussex, Sir Bryant Godman Irvine, who bought it straight off the Hooper stand at the 1955 Earl’s Court Motor Show. If a car’s got a tale to tell, no matter how scruffy it is, it’s streets ahead of a trailer queen.