STAR shines with Alpine Rally celebration at Classic Motor Show

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Heroes and Heroines was the theme at the Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motor Show from 11-13 November, with clubs interpreting it in different ways. Capri Club International, Mansfield & Notts Branch, for example, had built several brilliant backdrops including Guitar Hero, Star Wars and Batman. It was just edged for the Best Themed Stand in the Classic & Sports Car Club Awards (sponsored by Lancaster) by a wonderful tableau staged by the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register, which featured cars driven by Sheila van Damm and Stirling Moss. Both had great success on the Coupe des Alpes, van Damm winning the Coupe des Dames on the ’53 event, while Moss won three consecutive Coupe d’Or titles. The two cars had not been together for 60 years.

An astonishing display of Trident machinery helped Maserati Club UK to romp away with the gong for Best Large Stand in the Awards. A remarkable group of mostly competition cars featured five Maserati-engine Coopers, including three T51s and a brace of Monacos – Michael O’Shea’s having its engine lid open so visitors could drool over its stunning quad-cam V8. Car of Show also featured on the stand: Tony Young’s beautiful 1970 Ghibli targa, the only one built.

Across the aisle, an outstanding set of Molsheim’s finest – including a two-tone, ex-Jack Lemon Burton Type 46S – landed the Bugatti Owners’ Club the prize for Most Interesting Selection of Cars. As well as assorted Types 19, 22, 35, 44 and 53, pride of place went to a Type Baby, one of about 450 children’s racers built from 1927-’30.

Here’s a full list of winners, including those decided before the event:

Best Club Website
Highly commended: Honda S800 Sports Car Club and Skoda Owners Club
Winner: Mk1 Golf Owners’ Club

Most Improved Club Magazine
Highly commended: 6/80 & MO Club
Winner: Freewheel, Rover Sports Register

Club Magazine of the Year
Highly commended: Idle Chatter, The 1100 Club, and TR Action, TR Register
Winner: Sprint, TVR Car Club

Best Club Run/Rally
Highly commended: De Dion-Bouton Club Paris to Ostend Tribute
Winner: Jensen Owners’ Club Turin 1966

Best Club Show/Event
Highly commended: De Dion-Bouton Horseless Carriage Celebration
Winner: 924 Owners’ Club 92forty

Most Interesting Selection of Cars
Highly commended: Association of Rootes Car Clubs,
and Veteran Car Club of Great Britain
Winner: Bugatti Owners’ Club

Best Themed Stand
Highly commended: Capri Club International, Mansfield & Notts
Winner: Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register

Best Small Stand
Highly commended: Frisky Register
Winner: Allard Owners’ Club

Best Medium Stand
Highly commended: Panther Car Club
Winner: Austin Counties Car Club

Best Large Stand
Winner: Maserati Club UK

C&SC Special Award (for the car that stole the judges’ hearts)
Winner: Martin Collins’ 1959 Fairthorpe Atom Major

Car of the Show
Reserve Cars of Show: JHW’s Toyota 2000GT and Dave Watson’s Messerschmitt
Winner: Tony Young’s 1970 Maserati Ghibli targa

Best Contribution by a Youngster
Dom Smith, The Imp Club

Best Contribution to Charity
Sporting Bears Motor Club

Club of the Year
Morris Minor Owners’ Club

Club Personality of the Year
Martyn Wray, Singer Owners’ Car Club

Lancaster Insurance Club Initiative of the Year
National Historic Vehicle Survey,
Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs

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