Best in Show, Peoples’ Vote
The winner of the People’s Choice, after tens of thousands of votes, is the fabulous 1948 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni & Falaschi of Robert Kudela.
It’s a unique car with the most remarkable bodywork fashioned by the famous French coachbuilder, and it was shown off at the 1949 Paris motor show. Its first owner was successful zip manufacturer Mr Fayolle, who was known as the Zipper King, and so chrome pieces were added to the front of the car to resemble as zip.
It was restored by Robert Kudela, and first shown in public at Pebble Beach concours last year, followed by Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille and Salon Privé. A great choice!
In second place in the People’s Choice is the 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodynamica by Pininfarina, belonging to Kevin Kogan. This is one of just 17 Aerodynamicas made, and it was sold to Count Fritz Herbert Somsky of Geneva, Switzerland.
It later made its way to the USA and ended up with Greg Garrison, producer of the Dean Martin Show and a renowned Ferrari Collector. Much more recently it was treated to an exacting restoration, which has resulted in it winning many prestigious awards.
In third place in the People’s Choice is the 1933 Thomas & Taylor Napier-Railton Special. This monster of a car was designed by Reid Railton for racing driver John Cobb, with the specific intention of not only racing (and winning) at Brooklands but also breaking long-distance speed records.
It’s powered by a 24-litre, 12-cylinder Napier aero engine, producing 535bhp at 2500rpm.
Sure enough, it won its first race at Brooklands but it then went on to break records at Brooklands, Montlhéry and Bonneville, becoming the first car to average over 150mph for 24 hours.