Restorer of the Year

The grand final of the Restorer of the Year will make a return to this year’s Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 22-24 March with enthusiasts choosing the overall winner.

Acting Show Director Lee Masters said: “When it comes to restoring cherished cars and preserving them for future generations, the amazing dedication of classic car owners deserves to be recognised and the Practical Classics’ ‘Restorer of the Year’ competition sets out to do just that.”

Voting is now open with the ‘Reader Restorations’ that have featured in Practical Classics over the past 12 months vying for your votes in the first round to discover which six cars the public would like to see at the NEC in the grand final.

For the past year Editor, Danny Hopkins, and the Practical Classics team have been discovering and assessing the stories behind some stunning restorations, each one thoroughly meriting a place in the final sixteen.

The result will be announced at the show on Friday 22 March, but in the meantime, voting takes place in two stages. From 11 February to 4 March, classic car enthusiasts are being asked to choose the restorations that will form the final six entries.

From 11 March to 21 March, voting takes place for the outright winner. Along with the stories behind each of the restorations chosen to represent the final sixteen, votes can be cast here.

Picking a final winner won’t be easy, with voters having to choose between a mouth-watering selection of classics that includes everything from British favourites to cars from further afield.

The former includes a Sunbeam Alpine GT, Ford Cortina Mk III, and a Rover 75 Coupe that existed only as a concept car. If American classics appeal, the Buick Roadmaster convertible is a worthy contender, but Japan is also represented with a Datsun 240Z and rare Datsun Laurel vying for overall honours.

Details of the final six chosen by voters will be revealed closer to the show, but in the meantime, it is clear that everyone one of them would make for a worthy winner.