Club stars sparkle at C&SC Awards


More than 300 classic car club reps packed into the Westminster Suite at Birmingham's Hilton Metropole for the annual C&SC Club Awards last night.

The event, supported by Lancaster Insurance, is traditionally held on the Saturday evening of the NEC's Classic Motor Show, and this year's event was one of the emotional on record.

As compère Simon Taylor announced the Club Personality of the Year, recipient Steve Guest – Warwickshire and Midlands Organiser for the TVR Car Club – was clearly overcome.
Guest, nominated for his sterling efforts despite suffering a heart attack earlier this year, also received the first standing ovation in the awards' history.

The Club Personality award rounded off a raft of trophies presented by Lancaster Insurance MD Lisa Joy and Club Account Manager Gary Long and recognising car clubs' and individuals' efforts through the year and especially at the Classic Motor Show.

Top awards included Car of Show for Gifford Wright's ex-Bettie Haig Singer Le Mans on the Singer Owners' Club stand (lead picture) while Ian Kellett's superb Standard Vanguard racing equipe on the Standard Motor Club stand scooped the C&SC Special Award for the exhibit that stole judges' hearts.

Other show awards were:

Most Interesting Selection of Cars – Club Peugeot UK

Best Themed Club Stand – Panther Car Club

Best Small Club Stand – Austin Counties Car Club

Best Medium-Sized Stand – Pre-1940 Triumph Motor Club

Best Large Club Stand – The Military Vehicle Trust

The C&SC Club Awards also reward the year-round efforts of classic car clubs, though, other winners being:

Best Club Website – (JJB & 101 Register)

Most Improved Club Magazine – The Tailwagger (Allard Owners Club)

Club Magazine of the Year – The Courier (Triumph Sports Six Club)

Best Club Run/Rally – De Dion Bouton Club Charles Jarrott Commemoration

Best Club Show/Event – AC Owners' Club National Weekend 2011

Club of the Year – MX-5 Owners' Club


Chris Martin

All very good and deserving I am sure, a shame being so far away I could not make it myself, so thanks for the excellent photos, BUT.......deja vu, deja vu, deja vu...........the Austin Counties Club stick an Atlantic in a big Dinky box................spooky, hang on, I'll have a look........ah yes, here it is, Retromobile Paris 1995 'quelqu'un' showed a Vespa 400 in a giant Dinky box. Check C&SC April '95, page 11. Ain't nothing new in the world anymore. Chris M.



A very sad uneccesary comment!  1995!!!! Paris!!!!!!!! Please Mr Martin.  ATTEND the show before making offensive comments - you may then have witnessed how many members of the public and other car clubs liked and appreticated this stand!  Clubs and their amazing efforts they go to produce fanastic stands to add to this fantastic show each year!  


Chris Martin

Well sorry if it came across as 'sad', and it could be said everyone's comments are 'uneccesary' (sic) but it was not intended that way.

 As I said, I wish I could have been there, and from the reports and photos it looks like a better than ever show, which of course is partly as a result of the clubs and their displays.

What I did point out, was solely that the idea of the fullsize car with Dinky box artwork is not an original idea. From what I see of the photos of the rest of the Austin Counties Club display, it would have been a winner anyway, with a J40 and a Bantam racer alongside the real cars, but I was just pointng out that C&SC itself had given the Dinky trick column space before.

In fact I do believe it has been done more recently, and in the UK, but I could not remember where or when. No matter, it does not take anything away from the efforts of those involved. But it does, once again, show how easy it is to upset people on this forum.

Chris M.


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