Classic car wins award before rolling into a pond

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An award winning classic car had to be rescued from a pond after rolling into it just moments after taking the 'best-in-class' title at a motoring festival.

The 1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight convertible sedan was being shown in the American Classics 1925-1948 class at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance at Port Royal Plantation, South Carolina on Sunday.

After taking the highly coveted award, the classic was seen rolling towards a nearby body of water, and despite the efforts of onlookers it could not be stopped.

A professional diver and tow truck came to the rescue of the stricken automobile shortly after, by when it was almost completely submerged.

"This was most unfortunate," Carolyn Vanel, festival president told newspaper the Island Packet.

"We feel badly for the owners whose car had just won best-of-class."

Reports suggest that the owner of the prized automobile forgot to apply the handbrake, however this is not confirmed. The value of the vehicle and the estimated amount of damage is unknown.