RICHARd BAR­NETT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

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.

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