2021 National Car Club Awards Honours Lockdown Hero Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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The 2021 National Car Club Awards honoured a member of the MR2 Drivers Club who made the ultimate sacrifice after supporting others in so many ways during lockdown. The Lockdown Hero award was given posthumously to Richard Davies, who sadly passed away in November 2020 after contracting coronavirus. 
Nominated by Nik Milford, he said: “Richard was an active member of our club for many years. He volunteered for countless, often thankless, roles, including events coordinator, newsletter editor and regional rep. Richard was a regular attendee at the NEC shows, displaying his Gulf racing themed Mk1 MR2 and giving Dream Rides in it for the Sporting Bears.  At the last show, his team raised £30,897 for children’s charities.    

“From the start of the first Lockdown, Richard and his wife Sue volunteered with the Chase Coronavirus Support Network to help vulnerable people with shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking and support calls. They made thousands of visors, face masks, scrubs and gowns, delivering them to GP surgeries and care homes. They also sold masks to raise funds for their local food banks and church. Despite all their support for others, tragically both Richard and Sue contracted COVID-19.  Although Sue recovered, Richard sadly lost his battle in November, ironically the week the NEC show would have taken place.    

“Richard is greatly missed and awarding this honour to his wife in his memory would be a fitting tribute to his recent COVID-19 volunteer work and his years as a true classic car enthusiast, at a show he loved and participated in for many years.”

The three judges – Danny Hopkins, Editor of Practical Classics, David Simister, Editor of Classic Car Weekly, and David Whale, Chairman of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs - unanimously recognised Richard as the worthy recipient. 

There were an additional four Judges Special Recognition awards presented for the efforts and achievements of the car clubs in lockdown.

The award for Best Club Contribution to Charity was presented to the Rover 200 & 400 Owners Club for the rescue of a scrappage destined 400k mile Rover 213 and subsequent sale to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. 

Best Club Online Initiative was awarded to the Sunbeam Alpine Talbot Register (STAR) for expanding its presence and offerings on the club website and social media channels, reaching out to their members during lockdown.

The Morris Minor Owners Club received the Outstanding Lockdown Restoration award, having restored the last car off the production line in time for the fiftieth anniversary. Found in derelict condition, the club members worked together to put in place strict Covid protocols that meant the team of ten, including some in the high-risk category, could finish the job to an exceptional level. Determined not to let a pandemic deter them, they got the car to Cowley for a picture with only minutes to spare before the second lockdown restrictions came into force.

The highly contested Outstanding Club Magazine of the Year was presented to the Standard Motor Club’s Standard Car Review. Many magazines have had to change their content, but the Review has managed to continue to produce all its regular features, on time without fail despite the challenges of Covid. Editor Steve O’Hara has not let anything stop him producing the magazine including contracting Covid and being over 70 years old. 

Lee Masters, Chairman of the Judging Panel, said: “Congratulations to all our winners as well as the other clubs and individuals who were nominated. With members not getting the chance to get together in person, it is incredible how the car clubs have stepped up to keep enthusiasts engaged and offered a much needed shoulder in these unique times. The National Car Club Awards are special every year, but this year even more so. We couldn’t let these amazing efforts go unrecognised.”

Founded in 2016, the National Car Club Awards celebrate the UK classic car clubs, which are the heart and soul of the classic motoring community, and the people that are the backbone, constantly working to attract new members and offering unwavering support to fellow owners. 

The 2021 awards were presented via Zoom as part of the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show online edition, held on Saturday 27 March. With videos highlighting all aspects of the show, over 67,500 enthusiasts viewed the event, usually held at Birmingham’s NEC. 

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