Lancaster insurance pride of ownership first eight
The first cars that have reached the Spring Final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership have been revealed. It will be the visitors who decide on the overall winner from the 20 finalists on display at the show in March.
British classics feature strongly amongst the finalists, starting with the 1981 Ford Escort XR3i Turbo owned by Alan Herring. Very rare, it was discovered as a rolling shell before being restored to an incredibly high standard. This is joined by John Jones’ 1984 Rover SD1 Vitesse, which has been restored by the owner to stunning condition over eight years, juggling the project around work and family commitments.
The 1977 Mini Clubman Estate owned by James Allen might be slower, but boasts plenty of charm. Bought to be used as his wedding car, he spent many evenings and weekends undertaking a nut-and-bolt restoration that included a full engine re-build and a custom interior.
The Austin Maxi is a spacious family classic, and the 1978 example owned by Duncan Hurst was rescued from a barn in Belgium with help from his father, Glyn. Parked up in 1989 and left unused, it was carefully restored to retain as much originality as possible. But for something sportier, there is Jake Clappison’s 1979 Triumph Spitfire. Having always wanted a classic and attracted by this example’s extensive history, he hopes to emulate his father Paul who won the show’s Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership award back in 2018.
Last but not least when it comes to the British classics is the stunning 1997 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur entered by David and Dorothy Oxford. Exported to the Bahamas in 1999 for use by an exclusive hotel, it returned to the UK in 2005.
Unfortunately, the sea voyage had resulted in extensive damage to the bodywork, and repairs were accompanied by a new engine and transmission, a suspension and brake overhaul and interior refurbishment. With the modifications boosting power to 420bhp, this is one rapid luxury car.

Which brings us to a pair of true supercars, the first being the 1991 Honda NSX owned by Jeffrey Dobbie. One of the first examples produced, it is in completely original condition and has covered just 14,000 miles. It will be joined by Michael Hawkins’ stunning Ferrari 348TS, a car that received a detailed restoration and complete mechanical overhaul by a marque specialist during 2018/2019.
“With such a special choice of classics and great ownership stories announced so far, picking a winner is not going to be easy” says Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance. “British cars are always popular with visitors, but the supercars are guaranteed to draw plenty of admirers.”
The winner of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership will be decided by the show visitors who will be invited to vote for their favourite. The winner and two runners up will be announced by Wheeler Dealers’ Ant Anstead on Sunday 29th March at 2pm.