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 – www.jtypevan.com (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