Udaipur is a land of royalty and opulence where fashionable and vintage cars are common amongst the wealthy. It is one such 1924 vintage Rolls Royce in possession of Arvind Singh Mewar of a royal family in Udaipur that went on to credit its owner to be the first Indian and only to win at 62nd Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
This 1924 Rolls Royce 20 HP Barker Tourer (GLK21) received the Lucius Beebe Trophy. Owner of this vehicle, Mewar also released a 194 page coffee table book titled “The Royal Udaipur RR GLK 21 Classic drive from Derby to Udaipur to Pebble Beach and Continues”. This book specially showcases history and restoration of this award winning Rolls Royce ever since it came into possession of the Royal Family. It also gives in-depth information of other Rolls Royce which the family owned over past seven generations.
The award winning 1924 Rolls Royce was picked up by the family from the Zenana Mahal in the City Palace. Taken in, restored to its former glory and now on display at Pebble Beach is the story of the long way that this marquee has found place of pride at royal state visits, ceremonies and festivals in the Indian state of Udaipur.
Read the news release below for more information.
Shriji’s 1924 Rolls-Royce is first Indian entry to win trophy at Pebble Beach, USA
House of Mewar brings out 194-page coffee table book on Royal Vintage cars to celebrate ‘Living Heritage’
Mumbai, August 20: Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, the scion of the House of Mewar acknowledged as the world’s oldest-living dynasty, has becomes the first Indian ever to win at the recently-concluded five-day 62nd annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California, USA.
Shriji’s 1924 Rolls-Royce 20 HP, Barker Tourer (GLK 21), which was selected by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance panel to participate in the event, won the Lucius Beebe Trophy on August 19, 2012. The trophy is awarded to the Rolls-Royce considered most in the tradition of Lucius Beebe who served among Pebble Beach’s early judges.
On this occasion, the House of Mewar also released a 194-page coffee table book dedicated to the history and restoration of this favourite royal car of Udaipur along with the family’s association with Rolls-Royce over seven generations. The House of Mewar has always encouraged various car rallies by actively supporting them. The participation in the Pebble Beach event is another illustration of the royal family’s commitment to protect and showcase their living heritage in order to promote the idea and its importance.
The coffee table book titled ‘The Royal Udaipur RR GLK 21 Classic drive from Derby to Udaipur to Pebble Beach and…Continues’ relives the car’s journey from being bought to be cannibalized for its spare parts to becoming a family favourite.
After being put out to pasture in a corner in Zenana Mahal in The City Palace, the RR GLK 21 was spotted by Shriji who then gave expression to his passion for restoring classic cars and resurrected it to its former glory. “India was the ultimate destination for many of Rolls-Royce’s early cars because the Indian Maharanas and Maharajas were only too happy to make the transition from horse-drawn carriages to a car. Back in the old days, this venerable marquee found pride of place for state visits, ceremonies and festivals. In some instances they were also used for hunting and were retro-fitted to accommodate cricket teams. By participating in this event, we want to showcase our legacy and our heritage – because today ‘Living Heritage’ has more currency than luxury whose definition is so dynamic,” the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar said on the eve of the conclusion of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
Please visit http://www.royalcarsofudaipur.org/ to get more details on the GLK 21 Rolls-Royce that participated in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
About the House of Mewar:
The House of Mewar has been acknowledged as the world’s oldest-living dynasty. It conceptualized brand ‘Eternal Mewar’ to provide a vision for the 21st century. It therefore expresses, embodies and encompasses the core values, principles and the legacy of the House of Mewar. It has also emerged as a unique heritage brand exemplifying hospitality, cultural preservation, philanthropy, education, sports and spirituality for global audiences.
Eternal Mewar also runs various charitable foundations including the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) that funds The City Palace Museum in Udaipur – which is among the best private museums in the country. The MMCF is the largest of the nine public charitable institutions set up in 1969 to sustain the responsibility of the House of Mewar towards humanity after the amalgamation of the State of Udaipur in 1947. The foundation currently works with a 260-member team and invests mainly in four areas: academia, eco-conservation, philanthropy and heritage conservation.