With a fantastic selection of classics already announced, the final six cars have now been chosen to compete for the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership autumn title.
Representing cars from across the globe, deciding on a winner from the 20 finalists is going to be harder than ever for visitors to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery at Birmingham’s NEC from 9-11 November.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, comments: “We’ve seen more entries than ever this year and once again, we’ve got a fantastic selection on show. It’s an emotive display with some amazing cars, owners and stories to inspire you. For many of you it’s the highlight of the show so I can’t wait to see you there and help announce your chosen winner - it’s a special moment. Good luck to all!”
For lovers of Italian classics, two very special cars have made it into the group of finalists. The first is a 1964 Fiat 2300S Coupe owned by Doug Martin since December 2017, an example that spent the first 23 years of its life in the South of France. In superb condition and enjoyed on a regular basis by its proud owner. “She is as delightful to drive as she is glamorous” says Doug.
Keith Hudson’s 1961 Maserati 3500GT is equally eye-catching and was the subject of a challenging three-year restoration. At the very beginning it took the owner two days just organising the various parts into boxes, so the Best in Show award at the 2018 Maserati Club concours was a fitting tribute to the hard work.
Classic rallying enthusiasts will certainly appreciate Nish Khambhaita’s 1971 Datsun 510. This rare model was bought in June 2017 after a long search, and as his father was once a competitor in the tough East African Safari Rally in a similar car Nish has chosen a retro rally car theme for his example.
The resurgence of the TVR brand has renewed interest in the much-loved Blackpool marque, so Scott Walker’s 1979 TVR 3000M is a terrific addition to this year’s awards. Juggling his job in the RAF and postings abroad with a huge amount of restoration work has been a challenge but the results speak for themselves.
Representing American classics is the stunning 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe owned by Luke Greenwood. “I bought it as just a rotten shell and have spent two years restoring it,” Luke explained. “I love vibrant colours, so I think the orange that I chose is perfect!”
The list of finalists wouldn’t be complete without a Porsche, and we are sure that Norman Shum’s 1991 ‘964’ will attract plenty of attention. Subject of a three-year nut-and-bolt rebuild it evokes the lightweight ethos of past Porsche 911s and is a car of which the owner is rightly proud.
Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite car and story, with the winner announced on Sunday 11th November by Wheeler Dealers’ Ant Anstead. For more information, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com