Former Ikea Perth owner and Mosman Park resident wins classic car award

Alan and Marisa Tribe in their winning car
Alan and Marisa Tribe in their winning car

MOSMAN Park car collector Alan Tribe enjoyed a breakthrough win last month at the the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018 near Monterey, California.

The former owner of Ikea in Perth won the Concours Class J3 for European Classic from the late 1930s with his 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide that has a rare James Young Drophead Coupé body.

This year, the organisers invited 209 cars from 17 countries and 31 states to be exhibited on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Few Australians have exhibited at Pebble Beach, let alone won a class trophy.

Tribe said the standard of restorations was incredible and when they were directed to the podium with two other classes, they thought they might’ve come second or third.

“When we won we couldn’t believe it… it is such an honour,” he said.

“Winning a first in class award at Pebble Beach is a summit in motoring terms and I don’t think that I will ever be able to better this.

“The trophy is now carefully packed in my luggage to bring back to Australia.”

Second to Alan Tribe’s Lagonda in the class was another Lagonda V12 owned by one of the world’s foremost car collectors, Hong Kong’s Sir Michael Kadoorie, and a Bugatti Type 57C, owned by another well-known car collector Californian Jim Hull was third.

Tribe’s Lagonda is an extremely rare car and is one of only three or four of the 17 Rapide V12 cars produced with a custom body.

The chassis was produced in July 1939 and shipped to the coachbuilder James Young in September 1939 for completion – six weeks after Britain declared war on Germany.

Alan and his wife Marisa are the fourth owners of the Lagonda, which came to Australia in 1957 with 10,000 miles on the clock.

It was restored by Auto Restorations in Christchurch, New Zealand.