National Car Club Awards

The National Car Club Awards celebrate, recognise and honour the achievements of the nation’s car clubs, the enthusiastic people who run them and the remarkable cars they preserve and cherish.

2021 Judges Special Recognition Awards

For 2021 only Judges Special Recognition Awards were presented for efforts or achievements during lockdown:
  • Best Club Contribution to Charity
  • Best Club Online Initiative 
  • Outstanding Club Magazine of the Year
  • Outstanding Lockdown Restoration
  • Your Lockdown Hero

Best Club Contribution to Charity

This award will be presented to a club which has demonstrated outstanding charitable fundraising or support for charitable aims during these extraordinary times. The motivation to help is one of the most admirable qualities of our community, the achievement of the winner will be an inspiration to us all and a reminder that we can help others even during challenging times.

Rover 200 & 400 Owners Club

Presented to Rover 200 & 400 Owners Club
Awarded for the rescue of a scrappage destined, 400K mile Rover 200 (SD3 216S), and subsequent sale by sealed bids which resulted in £403 being donated to Muscular Dystrophy UK - £1 for every 1,000 miles the car had covered during its 33-year life. The club managed to get the car ready for display on their stand at one of the few events of the year, the BL Autumn Rally at Milton Keynes Museum. Adam Ellender, the car’s delighted new owner, is currently using it every day, steadily adding to its impressive mileage.

The judges felt this club really deserved recognition for acting fast to save this car, an amazing effort all round, especially during a pandemic. This young club, without access to significant funds, did not stop their charitable efforts despite this year’s additional challenges. This reflects everything good about our community: saving cars, working together and raising money for worthy causes along the way.

Outstanding Club Magazine of the Year 

Club magazines have been a lifeline to classic fans throughout the pandemic. This award will be given to a car club whose printed magazine demonstrates that they have overcome the unique challenges this year has brought, filling its pages with captivating and remarkable quality editorial.

Standard Motor Club’s Standard Car Review

Presented to Standard Motor Club’s Standard Car Review

With club magazines a lifeline to many members, particularly those less tech-savvy, many adjusted content due to changes in club activity. The Standard Car Review has managed to continue to produce all its regular features, in full format, without fail, despite the challenges of Covid.

Editor Steve O’Hara has not let anything stop him, despite being over 70, living with a serious medical condition and working two days a week. He contracted and recovered from Covid-19, but you would never know reading the superb magazine. 

The Review reaches out to every Club member many of whom are elderly, on their own, suffering from depression, health problems or sheltering. It acts as the cement which binds the Club together. Every member has had a constant throughout the pandemic, the monthly magazine giving them help, diversion and encouragement.

The judges felt this club magazine epitomised the traditional values of good quality editorial and community support, appreciated by so many at this time. What an outstanding achievement by a dedicated editor.

Best Club Online Initiative 

This award will be presented to a club which has created or developed inspirational digital content for its members during the last 12 months. Reaching across the void that lockdown created to support, encourage, and inspire its members to keep passionate about classics.

Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register (STAR)

Presented to Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register (STAR)

STAR’s webmaster John Donegan is rightly proud of their popular website. He and a team of volunteers have scanned in over 100 periodicals and contemporary magazine articles featuring STAR cars to the website, accessible for all to read and enjoy.  

When the first lockdown hit John reached out to members through the Members Facebook group.  Posting for 100 consecutive days on many intriguing topics including restoration, history and the Sunbeam Talbot hobby, these posts proved so popular they have been added to the website so members can find any they missed. Bill Hall, Facebook Moderator and Membership Secretary, is now posting photos of members’ cars covering all STAR models in all conditions, from complete wrecks to concours from the STAR Membership Picture Archive. 

The results of these initiatives speak for themselves – the Members Facebook group has grown over 50% and club membership reached an all-time high in January 2021.

The Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register was selected by the judges for this award as an inspiration to other clubs that they too can utilise and benefit from uncomplicated but beautifully executed online initiatives. 

Outstanding Lockdown Restoration

Many club members have taken the opportunity to undertake challenging restoration projects during the last 12 months. The winner of this award will be a truly extraordinary example of quality workmanship achieved under challenging circumstances.

Morris Minor Owners Club

Presented to Morris Minor Owners Club

Prior to the latest lockdown introduced in November 2020, the Last Morris Minor Saloon was hastily prepared for a triumphant return to Cowley where it was built on the 12th November 1970. It was the last saloon model to leave the production line.

Found in derelict condition, the Morris Minor Owners Club had decided to restore this car for its anniversary before the pandemic struck.  Determined not to let this deter them, they managed to get the car in place just before lockdown restrictions came into force. 

With all Covid 19 protocols observed the car was taken into T Building at the BMW Mini Plant in time for a 50th Anniversary celebration.  It has remained there as part of the Heritage Vehicle Collection throughout lockdown.

The National Car Club Award judges were impressed with how the MMOC worked together putting in place strict Covid protocols that meant the team of 10, including some in vulnerable categories, could finish the job on time to an exceptional level.  A worthy winner.

Your Lockdown Hero

We asked the classic car community to nominate a club member who had gone above and beyond to help others during lockdown.  
A lifeline, a helper and bringer of joy in any capacity to other club members or to the public during the last year.  

Presented posthumously to Richard Davies - MR2 Drivers Club

Lockdown Hero

Presented posthumously to Richard Davies - MR2 Drivers Club

Richard has been an active member of the MR2 Drivers Club for many years, volunteering for countless roles. Richard was a regular attendee at our shows displaying his Gulf racing themed Mk1 MR2 and giving Dream Rides for the Sporting Bears.

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.  Tragically both Richard and Sue contracted COVID-19 and although Sue recovered, Richard sadly lost his battle in November 2020.   

We hope Richard’s wife, Sue, will take some solace from this recognition by the National Classic Car Awards judges and the whole historic vehicle community. Richard is the definition of a lockdown hero… may he rest in peace.  
The judges had a difficult task picking a winner from all the worthy nominations as all have made a great contribution and deserved to be acknowledged as their club’s Lockdown Hero.

  • Chris Allen, Club Triumph
  •  Rod Smith and Pete & Lynn Pascoe, Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club
  • Mark Wells, Gay Classic Car Group

Other heroes nominated by their appreciative clubs:
  • David Collins, GT40 Enthusiasts Club
  • Tony Lowe, Honda S800 Sports Car Club
  • Paul Beaumont & Robert Meekings, Jowett Car Club
  • Alan Tipton, Knighton Historic Vehicle Club
  • Tony Jefferies, Oxfordshire MG Owners Club
  • Steve O'Hara, Standard Motor Club
  • David Tanner, The Ford Y&C Model Register
  • Karol Bailey,  TVR Car Club - Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire Region
  • David Heatley, Ulster Pre War Austin Club
  • Chris Wickers, Volvo Owners Club
"We gratefully thank our panel of expert judges for their generous time and considered deliberations to help find the winners of the 2021 National Car Club Awards."

Lee Masters, Show Director & Chairman of the NCCA judging panel, Clarion Events Ltd

The Judges

Danny Hopkins

Danny Hopkins
Editor, Practical Classics

Danny Hopkins is editor of Practical Classics Magazine, Britain's biggest selling classic car publication. He is a multi-award-winning motoring journalist, who has worked across and edited several market-leading titles. He is a veteran of more than a dozen classic restorations and rebuilds and currently owns ten classics (that he will admit to). He is a former actor, published playwright, an accomplished presenter and after dinner speaker and, among other questionable skills, can drive a steam train. Danny lives with his wife and two daughters near Cambridge. 

David Simister

David Simister
Editor, Classic Car Weekly

David Simister is editor of Classic Car Weekly, Britain's biggest selling classic weekly publication and the current Newspress Automotive Consumer Publication of the Year. He has previously worked on newspapers including the North Wales Weekly News, The Southport Champion and The Daily Post, and spends his spare time enjoying his MGB GT, Range Rover, and Mazda MX-5. He's also a regular visitor to Britain's Classic shows, attending upwards of 40 events every year.

David Whalte

David Whale
Chairman, Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs

David Whale is Chairman of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and Chairman of the Legislation Working Group of the FIA International Historic Commission. He is retired and lives in Staffordshire but retains commercial interests in his daughter's businesses importing equestrian products from across Europe. His life-long passion encompasses historic vehicles, several of which are sole survivors of their type and span a 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile, Pioneer Run eligible 1914 Wall Autowheel through to a 1938 Rosengart SuperSept Grand Luxe Coupe, a pre-production 1964 Mini Moke, 1965 Hilman Farmobile to a Porsche 928 S4.