The Spring Final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership is looking to be the toughest competition yet as the ‘youngtimers’ face off at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 23-25 March.
Of the 20 finalists, almost half of the cars selected are from the 1980s, 90s and even the year 2000.
Riyadh Khan purchased his 1983 Mercedes Benz W12 3 in 2010 as a non-runner with no MoT and in need of a full restoration. After all the mechanical work was done and the car had been resprayed its original red, Riyadh, a keen custom car fan, decided to make a few adjustments whilst keeping the car as original and stylish as possible.
He bought another W12 so he could transfer its cream leather interior into the restored car, added a Zabrano wood steering wheel and shifter, and then lowered the car to give it a more impressive stance.
“This is my pride and joy with great sentimental value,” explains Riyadh. “I bought the car as a long-term project for me and my son to restore but the project stalled when my baby boy died. I eventually got back into the resto and now it’s a truly usable classic.”
The restoration on James Hawkins’ 1990 Peugeot 205 GTi has only taken a year as he’s done all the work himself, although it became a much bigger job than anticipated.
“When I bought the car a year ago, my plan was just to do some tidying up,” explains James. “I got it from a work colleague who had had it sitting in their garage for 15 years. It was in good condition, a non-modified original model, but the more I did, the nearer it got to a full nut and bolt restoration.
“Every single component was stripped down, cleaned and refurbished or replaced including a full engine rebuild. When all that was done, I was so far in, I decided on a respray too.”
Richard Wilson is the second and fourth owner of his 1989 MG Metro, having bought ‘Daisy Mae’ in 2009 and spending the next five years restoring the car into a pristine example.
He sold her on in 2016 and instantly regretted it. Richard explains: “I got my head turned by another MG Metro but it never felt the same. It took about 18 months of persuading but eventually the owner agreed to sell her back to me – and now I’m never letting her go again!”
Paul Streather’s 1986 Ford Capri Mk3 2L, Andrew Underwood’s 1998 Aston Martin Volante, and Artie Loft’s 2000 Noble will all be heading to the NEC fresh from the workshop as recently completed projects making them perfect for the show.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, said: “The Pride of Ownership display is a must see for anyone visiting the show, the standard of cars is always outstanding! This year, it’s great to see some of the more modern classics being celebrated and thrown into the mix; not only does it showcase the future of the classic car scene but it truly means there is something for everyone.”
Visitors to the show will be asked to vote for their favourite finalist on the stand, with the winner announced on Sunday afternoon.