Heat 5 of the Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year competition took place under the blazing skies of Blenheim Palace on Sunday July 8th at the Pre-’50 American Auto Club’s annual show, the Rally of the Giants. With a prominent display of vintage and antique cars, this show is traditionally known for attracting pre-War American cars.
It should come as no surprise then that the car selected as heat winner was this stunning right-hand drive 1938 packard 128 belonging to Dennis Smith from Gloucestershire. This stunning pre-War beauty is believed to have been assembled in Australia (it features a plate in the engine which says “Packard Australia”. Dennis has owned the car for six years, although it underwent a full restoration in Australia before departing down under for these shores.