Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show Classic American Car of the Year Competition

Let the competition commence!

The Classic American team are well underway in their search for the winner of the Classic American Car of the Year Award, celebrated and crowned at November's show!

With a superb line up of classics presented in the first four rounds, winners of the heats are prepared to face a tough challenge to be crowned the ultimate winner of 2018.

Round 1: 

As if getting your car on the front cover and a major feature in the UK’s only American car magazine wasn’t enough (shot by Jonny Fleetwood, Automotive photographer of the Year no less!) lucky Diego Presenza’s 1963 Ford Falcon Futura was awarded the Footman James Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year heat trophy for this year’s Wheels Day heat. Whilst they were unable to find a suitable car at this year’s event due to poor weather, Diego had been awarded the heat win at last year’s Wheels Day, but was unable to attend the finals held at the Classic Motor Show, NEC Birmingham due to a serious medical operation.

Round 2:

The second heat of this year’s Car of the Year competition took place at the American Speedfest VI event. Now in its sixth year, Sunday saw a big turnout of cars and visitors. As in previous years, there were plenty of Mustangs on display, but one in particular caught their eye, this stunning fastback in Champagne Beige.       

Owner John Maunder is an American who has been living on these shores for the past three decades and has actually owned the Mustang since he was 16, when he acquired it from his brother, after helping him extract it from a garage. The car was daily driven from the Seventies until 1988 when John moved to the UK and was laid up until 2014 when he decided to have the Mustang restored by Shasta Mustang Supply of Redding, California.           

With its Deluxe interior, fresh carpets paint and highly detailed 289 motor, this is one pony car that will be quite the centre of attention at this year’s finals at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC this November!

Round 3:

The Footman James Bristol Classic car show saw the third heat of the Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year competition, which was won by this stunning 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, belonging to Nick Parker from Bristol. The car had previously belonged to famed Bristol hot rodder Jerry Denning, who had bought it as an unfinished project.

Nick had first seen it in 2005, when it totally blew him away, but it took almost a decade until the opportunity arose for him to acquire it. Not a lot is known of the car’s history in the States, other than a dealer tag on the back from New York state. The car boasts a lot of its original interior, a 301 cu in V8 and of course that famous push-button transmission.

Round 4:

Say hello to the winner of the 4th heat of the Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year competition which took place at the Classic American Stars and Stripes Show. The worthy winner - although it was a tough choice, so many incredible cars - was this stunning 1957 Dodge Custom Royal belonging to Gary Sanders. And if you think it looks familiar, it was our cover car for the May 2018 issue. Congratulations Gary on such a stunning motor!


See the eight finalists on the Classic American stand at this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery (9-11 November 2018) and find out more information on the competition here.