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.

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 Lancaster Insurance, Sponsors of 2018's Pride of Ownership: "It’s been fantastic seeing the array of classics on display including Rob Sargent’s Pride of Ownership winning 1969 Ford Cortina Savage Mk2. A huge well done to everyone involved in creating some amazing stands and a weekend that has truly made memories that are ‘Built to Last’.”​

Applications for Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership’s Autumn competition 2019 open on Satuday 1 June 2019. Once applications are being accepted, you will need to download an application form which will be released shortly and submit it along with some pictures of your pride and joy! Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear when applications are open.

Previous winners:

2019 Spring Final: 1st place - Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus

2018 Autumn Final: 1st place - Ford Cortina Savage Mk2

2018 Spring Final: 1st place - VW Golf GTi Mk1


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


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, and an owner can enter one car per year but can enter a different car each year.


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 event along with possible invitation to Clarion Events’ other motoring events; Race Retro (in February) and Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery (in March).

2018 Finalists