Classic Motor Show Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership

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.  

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 11 November.

In 2017, out of the 20 finalists that showcased a stunning and diverse mix of cars, first place went to Simon McNamara and his 1983 VW Golf GTi Mk1.

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager Lancaster Insurance, Sponsors of 2017's Pride of Ownership: "We're thrilled to have continued our support of the Pride of Ownership display and to be part of something that celebrates the dedication, passion and enthusiasm clearly demonstrated in our industry. The entrants in previous displays have really set the bar high and we can't wait to see this year's participants, the beauties on display and hear the incredible stories behind them."

Applications for Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership’s Autumn competition 2018 are now open. Please click on the button below to download and complete the form. You will then need to send this to our Pride of Ownership co-ordinator, Andrea Seed ( along with some images of your classic car to be considered. Deadline for applications is Friday 14 September 2018.


Download application form!



Previous winners:

2017 Autumn Final:

1st - VW Golf GTi MkI

2nd - Dodge Charger

3rd - BMW E36 M3

2017 Spring Final:

1st - Keith Edmund’s 1972 Triumph Spitfire

2nd - Ian Mill’s 1969 Ford Cortina 1600E

3rd -  Michael Hawkins’ 1972 Ford Escort RS2000


Classic cars made before 1st Jan 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.

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, powered by Motor Sport (in February) and Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery (in March)

2018 Finalists


Votes will be counted and verified by Clarion Events Ltd and the organiser's decision is final.

Clarion Events Ltd 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 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.

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.

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.