PEBBLE BEACH

FROM THE RESTORATION SHOP RIGHT TO THE PODIUM.

Pebble Beach, CA — Little more than 10 days ago, Bruce R. McCaw’s 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer emerged from the restoration shop of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, N.J. After making the cross-country journey, the boattailed beauty captured the top prize at Sunday’s 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

 
McCaw’s MB Barker Tourer is a stunner. Photo: Pebble Beach Concours
“This Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer is a combination of speed, style and power,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Somehow these three elements — along with those fantastic torpedo running boards — become the very definition of elegance.”

“We’ve had the car for several years,” said McCaw, of Bellevue, WA. “The question was whether or not to restore it. I always hate to restore something that doesn’t need it. But we finally found enough pictures that we knew the car needed to be restored.”

Bruce was competing for Best of Show with his brother, John McCaw, and sister-in-law, Gwen McCaw, and their 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder. Also in the Winner’s Circle was a 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by William E. (Chip) Connor of Reno, Nev. Get all the results.

Held on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, the concours drew 204 cars from 15 countries and 31 states — and the total included 54 first-time entrants. It also raised over $1.6 million that will benefit more than 80 local charities