There has been a record entry for the annual C&SC Club Awards in association with Lancaster Insurance with multiple clubs in the running when the trophies are handed out in a week's time, on Friday 16 November.
Held to recognise the year-round efforts of the classic car clubs in supporting and promoting the hobby, half the winners are selected in advance of the Classic Motor Show at the NEC with the other half being decided on the show's opening day.
Early front-runners for awards include the 2000-mile Jubilee Tour undertaken by intrepid members of the Wolseley Register, while all the major MG and Lotus clubs are in the running for a range of awards following their impressive 50th anniversary celebrations, for the MGB and the Lotus Elan respectively.
Most hotly contested category is Club Magazine of the Year with scores of entries including at least six previous winners.
It's no surprise we have been inundated because this year the winner will receive not only an engraved salver, but also a £500 camera to help maintain the high standards of their magazine. Generously donated by Olympus UK the impressive Stylus XZ-2 is the company's brand new flagship compact camera.
Similarly, the winners of the Car of the Show and the C&SC Special Award (for the car that stole the judges' hearts) will receive a full, professional half-day studio shoot worth upwards of £500, courtesy of C&SC and Lancaster Insurance.
The C&SC Club Awards have been rewarding classic car clubs for more than a decade, and this year there is a change of date – instead of being held on the Saturday night of the show, this year's ceremony will take place in the nearby Metropole Hotel after the Classic Motor Show closes on Friday 16 November.
For reference the categories are:
• Club Personality of the Year (the person who has done the most for a model, marque or club over the past 12 months)
• Club of the Year
• Best Club Run/Rally
• Best Club Show/Event
• Club Magazine of the Year
• Most Improved Club Magazine
• Best Club Website
• Best Club Stand (three awards)
• Best Themed Club Stand
• Most Interesting Selection of Cars
• Car of the Show
• C&SC Special Award (for the car that captures the judges’ hearts)
A word from our sponsor – Gary Long of Lancaster Insurance explains why the company is committed to supporting the awards:
Being a member of a car club can mean so much more than an annual subscription and a monthly club magazine. They bring together people from all walks of life with one thing in common – a love of classic and sports cars. With a passion for a particular make of car, this common thread draws people and cars together to form a patchwork of camaraderie, discussion and driving pleasure. There are clubs formed as a thriving business, some formed as a charitable organisation and many run by individuals working from home in their spare time. In some clubs there can be as many as 30,000 club members and in others as few as a dozen. Size really doesn’t matter providing there is enthusiasm and passion.
The classic car club is where you might find that elusive component you need for your car, it’s where you may find a realistic value for your car, and it’s where you can probably find a solution to that irritating technical problem. There is a real sense of belonging when club members get together for a rally and nothing quite as impressive as a whole convoy of classic cars making their way through the countryside. Its nostalgia, its memories and it’s an experience that’s great fun to share.
With nearly 30 years of working with classic car clubs, Lancaster Insurance recognises the importance of being a club member, in fact we encourage it. We feel we know what members are likely to require and understand their insurance needs. Club members may enjoy significant benefits by contacting us to arrange their classic car insurance.
We are delighted to be sponsoring the Classic & Sports Car Club Awards again this year, which are held to recognise and reward car clubs for all their hard work during the year and for their valuable contribution to the classic car industry.
Lancaster Insurance will be in Hall 9 at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November – Stand number 9T12. Our stand theme will have an ‘Italian’ flavour and there will be the opportunity to win some lovely Italian prizes by visiting our stand and picking up a Lancaster ‘gold bar’. All will be revealed at the show!