Ian accompanied a 250 GT Lusso he restored to the Hurlingham Club Concours, where it won Best of Show, before the Barkaways workshop was officially opened.
A year after the launch of Barkaways and with the restoration of the car completed, Ian attended the Ferrari Owners Club National Concours in 2012 with the original 1970 London Motor Show, and the first RHD, 246 GT Dino. The car went on to win its class, with two further Barkaways customers and their cars also winning awards on the day – including a 575 Superamerica which went on to win car of the day following its service and preparation work with us.
In 2013 one of our most coveted restorations was completed - the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB. Following an extensive restoration, the car was unveiled at Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance where it won Best of Show. The London Motor Show Dino was also entered and won its class.
Meanwhile Ian took an incredibly rare 275 NART Spyder, 1 of 10, to the Concours of Elegance event at St. James's Palace following a bare metal repaint on the car.
Back at Barkaways, our bodyshop was officially opened adjacent to the workshop at our annual Open Day.
In 2014 the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB had further success with its trip to Italy for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. At the beautiful setting for the event by Lake Como the car managed to win its class.
Back in the UK, Barkaways accompanied two new restorations to the Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance. The completed restoration of the beautiful 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona was unveiled which came third in its class, as well as the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB which ended up winning the same class.
We had one other special unveiling at our Open Day - a Dino 246 GTS, that had arrived as a basket case of bits, was revealed to the speechless owner who hadn't seen the car since the early stages of its restoration.
2015 was the busiest year yet for concours restorations. Various different Ferrari 250 restorations were unveiled including the historic and beautiful 1957 250 GT ‘Tour de France’, 1961 250 GT Cabriolet and the 1964 250 GT Lusso, all of which managed to win their own classes at the Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance. The Barkaways restored 1966 330 GTC was also entered following its Open Day unveiling, alongside two other customer's cars - a 1974 365 GT/4 BB and a 1967 206 GT Dino.
Meanwhile in The Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition, a new event welcoming supercars post 1975, a customer's 1977 308 GTB won its class following suspension, engine and paintwork with us. We were proud to support more of our customers here as they also won their classes in a 2006 575 Superamerica and a 2014 Bugatti Veyron, which Ian also entered with his own 1998 F355 GTS.
A successful Ferrari Owners Club National Concours included the 1962 250 GT SWB and the 1971 365 GTB/4 Daytona, that were unveiled the year before, having further success by winning their classes. The SWB went on to win Best of Show, whilst the 330 GTC was entered too, achieving 2nd in Class.
In a busy couple of years for the 250 GT SWB, Ian also accompanied it to Italy for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
2016 was another step forward for Barkaways as we were able to open our third unit providing us space for sales, storage and further workshop capacity.
Two completed restorations were unveiled at our Open Day this year - a 1972 246 GT Dino, that was originally supplied to Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and a 1966 Iso Grifo, which went on to win Best in Class and the 'Most Sensitive Restoration' awards respectively at this year's Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance. The Dino secured a perfect 100 points by the judges.
Another three restorations were revealed here as well - a 1971 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder (Best in Class), a 1971 365 GTB/4 Daytona (2nd in Class) and a 1963 Alfa Romeo 101 Giulia Spider which was chosen as the feature car for Boodles sponsored Ladies' Day. A 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 was also entered following its restoration with us in 2014/15.
The 1964 250 GT Lusso followed its success in 2015 by achieving the 2016 Ferrari Owners Club National Concours Best of Show.
2017 saw the reveal of a special 1971 246 GT Dino restoration at our Open Day, a car which had an emotional journey to completion. The car then attended two concours events - the Ferrari Owners Club National Concours where it won its class, followed by the new Salon Privé Concours Masters event, which was a celebration and tribute to 70 years of Ferrari. It achieved the 'Most Sensitive Restoration' and the 'Passione' awards.
We had two others cars on display in this event - a previously restored 1966 330 GTC along with a Ferrari 360 Spider with all its original accessories.
The Ferrari Owners Club National Concours also saw us achieve Best of Show for the third year running with the 1957 250 GT Tour de France.
In the Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance, a recently completed 1967 330 GTC was entered achieving 2nd in Class and the 'Most Sensitive Restoration' award.
Another busy year also saw us attend the Concours of Elegance again with another car to unveil - a 1965 275 GTB 6 carb short nose, along with the 1961 250 GT Cabriolet revealed in 2015.
We also launched our first tour this year - the V8 Tour. This exclusive event covered a morning drive through the Kent and Sussex countryside followed by lunch.
2018 saw the completion of two more beautiful concours restorations - a 1964 250 GT Lusso and a 1972 246 GT Dino. The Lusso won Best in Class at Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance and the Dino won Best in Class at the Ferrari Owners Club National Concours following it's Open Day unveiling, where we celebrated 50 years of the Dino.
The 1965 275 GTB 6 carb short nose also won its class at Salon Privé this year, after its reveal at Concours of Elegance in 2017.
Following the success of the V8 Tour, we ran the 2018 Barkaways Ferrari Tour with owners of various Ferraris from different eras joining together to enjoy their cars.
In 2019 we revealed a completed restoration of a 1968 206 GT Dino at our annual Open Day. Bought in Venice as a “basket case” by the owner, Barkaways were entrusted to return it to its former glory and original colour combination.
Following that was the next reveal; the restoration of the 1965 330 GT 2+2 at Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance where it came runner up in its class.
Barkaways entered the racing scene as we teamed up to support Chris Butler and his Ferrari 328 GTB in The Pirelli Ferrari formula classic Series. After preparing the car and painting it in the Barkaways colour scheme, we supported him track side throughout the season which resulted in Chris winning the class.
We also had time to run the 2019 Barkaways Ferrari Tour!
In a challenging year of lockdowns and restrictions we still managed to reveal two newly completed restorations at the Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance. A 1964 250 GT Lusso and a 1973 246 GTS Dino, both class winners, with the Lusso also taking Third Place to Best of Show.
In a very different type of project, we also completed the thorough recommissioning of the ex-Colin McRae Metro 6R4 Group B rally car. The video we produced on this project has over 300k views on YouTube.
Following the end of the The Pirelli Ferrari formula classic Series, Barkaways accepted the award for race car preparation.
Further expanding the services we can offer, The Coffee Hut was launched at Barkaways. Open Saturday mornings throughout the Summer, friends and clients of Barkaways are invited to come and join us for coffee, cars and chat.
The oldest car we have restored, the 1950 195 Inter, was unveiled at the Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance to its owner who was over the moon to see and drive the finished car for the first time. Another concours class full of incredible cars saw the 195 finish class runner up.
Two previously revealed restorations were also back in concours action this year - the Alfa Romeo 101 Giulia Spider restoration revealed in 2016 won the Pininfarina class it was entered in. The 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ revealed in 2015 was also back, winning The Ferrari Berlinetta Class at Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace.