Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance
Easily one of the most opulent motor cars ever built – and this in 1925 for
Owned by Rubin Jurman, 83,
An Empire-class cricketer, he owned the first airplane in
Jurman, a long-time classic car collector whose elegant vehicles have won top concours d’elegance honors at
“This was his main hunting car,” he says, pointing to an unattached Gatling-type machine gun carriage that is towed. “And that was used for the Bengal Tigers.”
Reaching into the rear seating compartment, he notes, ”This is the Hoodah gun, which was a large-caliber, short-range firearm designed to repel any beasts likely to breach the interior. There’s a cannon on the rear bumper for elephants. Rifles are locked in vertical cases here in front of the rear compartment. There are bird guns and shotguns.”
Highlighting some unique styling cues in the rich coachwork, Jurman says, “The Torpedo model integrated nautical themes. Notice the gently rounded body sides, the pointed bow motif on the hood and the working nautical ventilators on the cowl. The vehicle is loaded with lights, including a single powerful central searchlight that swings side to side – and two front headlamps that move up and down. Same setup in the rear. When the Maharajah was aboard the red light was lit, when the Maharani was aboard, the blue light was lit and both were lit when both were aboard”
The 8-liter, six cylinder engine (horsepower in Rolls-Royce parlance then was “adequate”) has dual spark ignition. Tall tires are designed to cross rough terrain and the low gearing ratio allows the huge vehicle to creep through mud and brush. Jurman purchased the Barker model 10 years ago from professional golfer Gene Littler.
A member of the Rolls-Royce Club of America since 1971, Jurman’s collection currently includes the 1927 “Great Gatsby” Brewster model and a stately 1956 Silver Wraith limousine. A native of
In addition to the featured Rolls-Royce marque, the Marin event will showcase a lineup of cars celebrating two century anniversaries – the 100th year each for
The Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance is a non-profit fundraiser to benefit Hospice By the Bay and will also include “The Drive,” a separate motoring event, also to benefit Hospice, on Saturday, May 14.
General admission to the Concourse d’Elegance is $20 adults, free for kids under 16. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information, phone (415)479-7727 or view the event website, www.marinsonomaconcours.org.