The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership

The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership celebrates classic cars and their owners, gathering together those enthusiasts with the best stories about their vehicle that show they are the rarest, most unusual and the most cherished.

It could be the story of the car being found as a wreck and restored to its former glory or it being owned from new by the same owner. Maybe it's an extremely rare car or one that holds significant sentimental value to a loved one.

The competition invites around 20 owners to display their pride and joy at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, for the Autumn Final – with the Spring Final held at our sister show, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in March.

Cars up to the year 2000 are considered – from pre-war to the noughties. The standard of the car is obviously important but for the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership, the passion of the owner and the journey the car and driver have been on is equally as appealing.

Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership

2018 Winner Rob Sargent

Since its launch in November 2015, the competition has grown at a rapid pace with hundreds of applications received for both the Spring and Autumn finals.

The top three all receive trophies, with the overall winner offered the chance to display their car at the next event held by the organisers – as well as the obvious bragging rights!

The winner is chosen by you, the visitors by voting for your favourite at the show – and our owners campaign to tell you why you should pick their car. The winner is then revealed on the stand at 2.30pm on Sunday 10 November.

With over 100 entries in 2018, 20 finalists were all deserving winners but it was Rob Sargent and his 1969 Ford Cortina Savage Mk2 who was declared the victor.

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager of Lancaster Insurance, sponsors of the Pride of Ownership, said: “This feature is an integral part of the show and a real highlight of the weekend for many visitors. There have been some outstanding winners and participants over the years and we know there’s still some real gems out there waiting for their time to shine.

2019 Autumn Finalists

2019 Spring Final


John Smiths Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus
John Smith's VW Type 2 Deluxe Microbus


2018 Autumn Final

Rob Sargents 1969 Ford Cortina Savage
Rob Sargents 1969 Ford Cortina Savage


2018 Spring Final

Paul Clappison’s MGBT
Paul Clappison’s MGB GT


Competition Rules

The competition is presented in the spirit of like-minded enthusiasts coming together to celebrate their vehicles. Entrants are asked to keep this in mind when submitting their application.


Classic cars made before 1 January 2000 are invited to enter into the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition, where the visitors will vote for their favourite car – based on their history and the story the car shares with the owner. This is not a Concours competition. However, Concours winning cars are welcome to enter but should not expect to be judged in the same way. Modified cars will be considered alongside their original counterparts.

Clarion Events will not contribute to any transportation or accommodation costs for entrants.

A car can only be entered once in a three-year period. An owner can enter one car per year but it must be a different car each year.

Please download the form below and return it to along with two pictures with at least one showing a full view of your car. These can be hard copy prints or electronic images. Hard copy images cannot be returned unless a self-addressed envelope is provided.


Submit your Application


While the owners can engage and campaign with other entrants and visitors, any form of intimidation, cheating, derogatory remarks or bad mouthing is not tolerated and those involved will be disqualified and asked to leave.

Votes will be counted and verified by Clarion Events Ltd and the organiser's decision is final. The car with the most visitor votes wins with trophies for first, second and third place awarded on the final day of the show.


The owners and car crowned the overall winner will be invited to display their car at the next edition of the Classic Motor Show. They may also recieve an invitation to Race Retro in February and Classic Car & Restoration Show in March.


If you are the proud owner of a two-wheeled beatuy we also have a competition for you where a fantastic mix of motorcycles and bikes, including rare road and racing bikes, battle it out for the "best in show" title. Find out more