Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership

The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership celebrates classic cars and their owners, gathering together those enthusiasts with heart-warming stories behind their vehicle that show they are some of the rarest, most unusual and most cherished cars in the UK.

It could be the story of the car being found as a wreck and restored to its former glory or it being owned from new by the same owner. Maybe it's an extremely rare car or one that holds significant sentimental value to a loved one.

Cars up to the year 2000 are considered – from pre-war to the noughties. The standard of the car is obviously important, but the passion of the owner and the journey the car has gone on is equally, if not more important. 

2021 Virtual Edition Finalists

Andy Plumb – 2000 Reliant Robin SLX

Andy Plumb – 2000 Reliant Robin SLX
 
Andy was the designer of this model in 1997/98, and has owned this superb three-wheeler since 2014. Subjected to a four-year nut-and-bolt restoration, along with some choice upgrades, he says: “I did all the work myself, and enjoyed adding some personal touches, including a special interior and upgraded engine.” With a colour change from British Racing Green to orange, we think it looks fantastic.

Anthony Maieroni – 1974 Fiat 124 Coupe
Anthony Maieroni – 1974 Fiat 124 Coupe
 
One of Fiat’s prettiest models, this lovely 124 was bought new by Anthony’s dad in 1974.  “I was just 22, but sadly he passed away the following year and the car has been with me ever since. It’s had a complete restoration, plus an engine conversion to 2.0-litres with twin Weber carburettors.” Although driven only rarely over the past twenty years, Anthony’s pride in this car is clear.
Anthony Padgett – 1992 Pilgrim Tourer
Anthony Padgett – 1992 Pilgrim Tourer

Anthony has owned many classic British kit cars but says this one is the best. “Driving it with the top down along Morecambe Promenade with the sun out is a real treat.” Powered by a 1980s Ford Pinto engine, he drove up to Scotland last year to collect the car, swapping it for an Audi TT and has since used it at his dance classes and for drive-in dances.
Brian Wood – 1962 Morris Minor Convertible
Brian Wood – 1962 Morris Minor Convertible
 
Bought in December 2011 for restoration, this genuine factory convertible needed just a little work to make it usable. Taken off the road after 18 months for a thorough rebuild, Brian added some upgrades: “I took the opportunity to fit a 1275cc engine, Ford 5-speed gearbox, and disc brakes. It was back on the road in March 2020 and I managed to get to a few gatherings last year.”
 
Chris Wickers – 1995 Volvo 480 Celebration
Chris Wickers – 1995 Volvo 480 Celebration
 
“I wanted a 480 since they were launched, got my first in 1990, and then this one in 2012. I found it in an advert just after midnight and had bought it by 8.20am the same day” says Chris. Number 397 of the 480 made, he adds that a highlight of ownership was driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats with daughter, Lucy, raising almost £3000 for charity.    
Christian Brewer – 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750
Christian Brewer – 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750
 
An original right-hand drive example, Christian subjected the beautiful Alfa to a nut-and-bolt restoration between 2008 and 2012. “It took me some 1700 hours and spent six weeks at the paint shop for finishing in original metallic silver.” Now fitted with a later Alfa Twin Spark engine and sporting full race-type suspension, he enjoys hillclimbs and sprints with the Sevenoaks & District Motor Club and track days at Goodwood.
David Lester – 1960 TVR Grantura Mk 1
David Lester – 1960 TVR Grantura Mk 1
 
Bought from a friend in 1996, the owner discovered that the TVR’s past racing life hadn’t been kind to it. “It was a massive and total restoration of a historic vehicle that had to be saved” says David. Completing the bodywork on his own took three years, and more than two decades were spent turning it into the stunning sports car you see here. We absolutely love the result!
David Mcconnell – 1971 Piper P2
David Mcconnell – 1971 Piper P2
 
Owned since January 1977 David used the Piper for three years as a daily-driver: “I drove it in rain, hail, sun and snow!” With the spaceframe chassis and body by now requiring major restoration, it was laid-up for some years with a subsequent re-build being completed in 1997. Undertaking all his own maintenance and repairs, this striking sports car is guaranteed to grab attention.
David Tibbs – 1992 Daimler Double Six
 
The first owner of this beautiful luxury saloon was a professional footballer with Manchester City, whilst the owner before David kept it in a personal collection for almost twenty years.  “It only covered around 1000 miles in total during that period, and during my ownership I’ve spent plenty of time getting it into showroom condition.” As you can see all of that effort has certainly been worth it.
Fabian Steele – 1982 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Fabian Steele – 1982 Lotus Esprit Turbo
 
Fabian had already completed one 007 replica Esprit, and then decided to do another. The result is very special and a real treat for James Bond fans, but a huge amount of hard work was involved. That included impressive attention to detail, from making a ski rack to sourcing the proper skis, and the result is nothing short of stunning. We love it.
Gabriel O’Connell – 1979 Daimler Sovereign 4.2
Gabriel O’Connell – 1979 Daimler Sovereign 4.2

“I’ve had the Daimler since February and won it in a competition by Bridge Classic Cars” says Gabriel. He purchased two competition tickets in memory of his older brother who sadly passed away last year, and who was the owner of several Jaguars and Daimlers, making ownership of this car even more special. Now, Gabriel is looking forward to taking it to shows as soon as possible.
Graham Gillings – 1971 Sunbeam Stiletto
Graham Gillings – 1971 Sunbeam Stiletto
 
Bought in 1987, raced with his girlfriend - now wife of 31 years - and sold in 1989, a chance conversation at a classic car show saw Graham re-united with the car. “I found it in a Welsh barn about ten years ago, but it was very rusty and had no engine or interior.” It’s now rather different, sporting a Kawasaki engine, adjustable suspension and uprated brakes amongst the modifications.
Graham Smith – 1954 MG TF Twin Cam
Graham Smith – 1954 MG TF Twin Cam
 
Originally exported to South Africa before returning to the UK in 1957, this lovely MG was fitted with an MGA twin cam engine in around 1970. There’s been plenty of more recent maintenance, and Graham has covered around 20,000 miles since he bought it in 2012. “It’s been to France and around the UK, and is a great car to whizz around the countryside in.”
Howard Dawson – 1956 Chevrolet Corvette
Howard Dawson – 1956 Chevrolet Corvette
 
“I’ve wanted one since I was fourteen, and now I’m sixty eight” says Howard. Imported from Ohio in 2003 in apparently restored condition, he discovered that plenty of work was needed, including a total re-build of the engine and running gear. Covering around 3000 miles a year with the top down whenever possible, it’s been to lots of shows across the UK and always attracts plenty of attention.
Ian Cummins – 1991 Mazda MX-5
Ian Cummins – 1991 Mazda MX-5
 
After coming third in the NEC Classic Motor Show online edition, Ian is aiming for the top spot with his Eunos model imported from Japan. Ian has owned his stunning example since 2010 and it has undergone plenty of work since then. In fact, the many hours spent on the bodywork and mechanicals, plus numerous upgrades, have completely transformed the little roadster and it’s now a deserved show winner. Having undertaken all of the work himself the owner is rightly proud of the result, and since its completion in 2011 it has attended plenty of shows across the UK and Europe.   
Keith Williams – 1969 TVR Vixen S2
Keith Williams – 1969 TVR Vixen S2
 
Having been laid-up in garages since 1982, Keith acquired the car as just boxes of parts and it finally returned to the road last year after a five-year restoration. “It was a lot of hard work but was totally worth it as I love the end product” he says. Powered by Ford’s 2.8 V6 ‘Cologne’ engine and with a Type 9 five-speed gearbox, it’s guaranteed to be fun to drive.
Melvyn Walker – 1924 Ford Model T Tourer
Melvyn Walker – 1924 Ford Model T Tourer
 
Few cars brim with charm quite like the famous Model T, and this one really is lovely. It’s been owned by Melvyn for around the last twelve years and he tells us that it spent time in New Zealand with previous owners before coming back to the UK. “It attends plenty of shows and has been used for weddings, and I’d quite like to do some film work” he adds.
Paul Everitt – 1975 Rover 3500S
Paul Everitt – 1975 Rover 3500S
 
The P6 is a hugely popular classic and Paul bought this one as a project in 2009, paying just £400. A running restoration over four years, he’s since spent £7000 bringing it up to the superb standard on display here and covers around 3000 miles a year, enjoying local and bigger shows. “I wanted a project that I would enjoy restoring, and wherever I go it attracts attention.”
 
Phillip Egan – 1985 Honda Acty TN550
 
Bought in March 2016 and a genuine UK example, Phillip says: “I’d been after a micro-van for years since falling in love with them in the early 1990s.” He’s certainly enjoyed his ownership, treating the little Honda to a huge range of modifications from the exterior and cabin to the lowered, hydraulic suspension. We love the way it looks, and it’s no surprise it’s picked up plenty of awards.
Roger Dewey – 1972 Ford Capri 2000
 
This lovely Capri has been known to the owner since the 1970s. Used until September 1992 it was then parked in a garage for a decade before Roger embarked on a rebuild, one that included fitting a 2.0-litre engine, 5-speed gearbox and power steering. After a huge amount of work, he’s rightly proud of the result and we think this desirable classic Ford looks stunning.

 

Practical Classics | Classic Car & Restoration Show 2019 | NEC | Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership


“The Pride of Ownership display is a must-see for anyone visiting the show, the standard of cars is simply outstanding! As always there’s a great mix of marques and years being celebrated which truly means there is something for everyone – I can’t wait to see them all and hear the stories behind them.”

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager - Lancaster Insurance

 

 

Previous Winners

Virtual Final 2021

Phillip Egan – 1985 Honda Acty TN550
 

Virtual Final 2020

Paul Hibbert – 1973 Porsche 914
Paul Hibbert – 1973 Porsche 914

Spring Final 2019

John Smiths Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus
John Smith's VW Type 2 Deluxe Microbus

 

The competition also runs at our sister show, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. For more information visit the website.

Competition Rules

The competition is presented in the spirit of like-minded enthusiasts coming together to celebrate their vehicles.
Entrants are asked to keep this in mind when submitting their application.

 

ENTERING THE COMPETITION

Classic cars made before 1 January 2000 are invited to enter into the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition, where the visitors will vote for their favourite car – based on their history and the story the car shares with the owner. This is not a Concours competition. However, Concours winning cars are welcome to enter but should not expect to be judged in the same way. Modified cars will be considered alongside their original counterparts.

Clarion Events will not contribute to any transportation or accommodation costs for entrants.

A car can only be entered once in a three-year period. An owner can enter one car per year but it must be a different car each year.

Please download the form and return it to andrea@poppyseedmedia.co.uk along with two pictures with at least one showing a full view of your car. These can be hard copy prints or electronic images. Hard copy images cannot be returned unless a self-addressed envelope is provided.

VOTING

While the owners can engage and campaign with other entrants and visitors, any form of intimidation, cheating, derogatory remarks or bad mouthing is not tolerated and those involved will be disqualified and asked to leave.

Votes will be counted and verified by Clarion Events Ltd and the organiser's decision is final. The car with the most visitor votes wins with trophies for first, second and third place awarded on the final day of the show.
 

WINNER

The owners and car crowned the overall winner will be invited to display their car at the next edition of the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show. They may also recieve an invitation to Race Retro in February and Classic Motor Show in November.