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The Royal Udaipur Rolls-Royce GLK 21, proud winner of  the Lucius Beebe Trophy, with Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, his daughter Princess Padmaja Kumari and son-in-law Dr Kush Singh Parmar at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 19, 2012.


From a car bought to be cannibalised for spares to keep other Rolls-Royce 20 HP running in the Udaipur royal garage to its glorious resurrection to not just pride of place in the same fleet but also as the flag bearer of great Indian royal automobiles at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is a story right out of a fable.


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 is the first Indian car to win 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 on the history and restoration of this royal car of Udaipur along with the family’s association with Rolls-Royce over seven generations.



The Royal Udaipur Rolls-Royce GLK 21 with Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur.


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 cannibalised 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.


Rolls-Royce motorcars and India have enjoyed a very long and close association. This relationship dates back to the early 20th century and the era of the Maharajas and the British rule in India, and it would not be wrong to say that if Rolls-Royce is today perhaps the most honoured luxury marque in the history of the automobile, it owes a lot of it to India.


“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. 




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