The winners of the 2019 National Car Club Awards, in association with Tourism Ireland, were revealed at a glittering awards dinner, hosted by Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer on Saturday 23 March, celebrating the best of the UK classic motoring club scene.
Awards judging panel chairman Lee Masters said: “This year was the toughest in terms of judging in all categories as there were so many strong contenders on the shortlist. The atmosphere in the room on the night was incredible and the support and gratitude for all the winners was immeasurable. Congratulations to all our very worthy winners.”
The first six accolades presented were the ‘At Show’ awards given to the clubs exhibiting at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, and chosen by the panel of Judges.
The Best Club Display went to the Austin Counties Car Club for the small stand section and the MX-5 Owners Club for the large stand section. Best Live Working on Vehicles was awarded to the Ford Corsair Owners Club while Best Live Demonstration on a Club Stand went to The Riley R.M. Club. The Best Restored Car was the 1928 Hoyal Bodied Triumph Super Seven owned by Brian Bromwich of the Pre-1940s Triumph Motor Club. The Best Car at Show was deemed to be Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane that is being restored by the Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club.
It was then time for the Classic Car Club categories with the Gay Classic Car Group winning National Car Club of the Year. Outstanding Club Magazine of the Year was awarded to Spirit & Speed from the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club while the trophy for Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club was presented to the MG Car Club.
The Daimler SP250 Club won the Best Car Club Contribution to Charity for raising £24,000 for Saint Francis Hospice, while Outstanding Club initiative to Encourage the Next Generation was awarded to the National Traction Engine Trust on the 40th anniversary of its Steam Apprentice Club.
Outstanding Car Club Single Venue Event or Show went to Simply Mustang UK for its debut event, creating the biggest single gathering of this model on UK soil. Outstanding Car Club Run, Rally or Tour was given to the creators of the Poppy Returns Home Tour, the Fiat 500 Club UK.
In the Devoted Member category of awards, the National Car Club Unsung Hero of the Year was Graham Le Lay from the Jersey Old Motor Club, while Ambassador of the Year was bestowed on Kevin Price of the Volvo Enthusiasts Club. Young Member of the Year went to Benjamin Crosby from Racing-Puma.co.uk who is not even old enough to drive yet.
The National Car Club Lifetime Achievement honour was presented to Graham Robson of the TR Register for his 25 years as President of his club but at the age of 83, he shows no signs of taking a back seat. Graham is known to the wider classic community for 130 books he has written about classics.
The Judge’s Special Recognition award was posthumously bestowed on both John Haynes, the genius founder of the Haynes Manual, and racing driver extraordinaire Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams. John’s award was collected by son Chris Haynes while Barrie’s was given to his racing co-driver Andy ‘Ace’ Harrison.
Founded in 2016, the awards celebrate the UK classic car clubs, which are the heart and soul of the classic motoring community, and the people that are the backbone, constantly working to attract new members and offering unwavering support to fellow owners.
Supported by Classic Car Weekly and endorsed by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), the 2019 judging panel included David Boyce from main sponsor Tourism Ireland and David Whale, Chairman of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC).