Pride of Ownership Competitions

Special 2020 Online Edition - Virtual Competition

The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership will still be taking place this November – just virtually! Entry is open to all comers, even those who have participated before as this is a one-off special event.

Classic car owners are invited to enter their vehicles into the online competition with just 12 cars selected to take part in the grand final. The finalists will be asking for your votes during our Online Edition on 14 November to decide the overall winner.

There will be the usual certificates and a ‘virtual’ trophy as well as the offer to display the car back at the NEC when the restrictions are lifted and shows can resume.

How to enter the Online Edition

Enthusiasts can enter this year's virtual competition by submitting a short video of 3-5 minutes explaining the journey they have been on with their car and why they feel it deserves to win!

Download application form

About the Pride of Ownership Competitions

The show hosts two Pride of Ownership competitions for you to get involved with.

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 here for the Autumn Final in November – with the Spring Final held at our sister show, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in March.

Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership

Morris Minor

The winner is chosen by you, the visitors, by voting for your favourite at the show where the owners have the opportunity to tell you why you should pick their car. The winner is then revealed on the stand at on Sunday afternoon.

In 2019 the hotly contested competition saw Ted Brooke’s 1961 Morris Minor Million lift the winner’s trophy. Second place went to Ian Cummins’ 1991 Mazda MX-5 while Tahmid Haque’s 1988 BMW E30 325i Sport came third. 

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 are still some real gems out there waiting for their time to shine.

The Classic Motorbike Pride of Ownership display features a fantastic mix of motorcycles and bikes, including rare road and racing bikes. Each year around 20 motorbikes and scooters, spanning approximately 100 years, battle it out for the "best in show" title.

In 2019 the expert judges that decided Mark Taylor’s Ariel Square Four bike and sidecar should be awarded first place with joint second going to father and son Alan and Paul Stopford with their two 1959 Triumph Bonnevilles. Third place went to Blake Hemmingway’s 1975 Honda XL250. 

2018's overall winner was Len Francis and his 1950 Norton Jowa, which is regularly used and not just a ‘show pony’. Second place was presented to Henry Cole and Sam Lovegrove with the 1983 Uncle Bunt Triumph Custom Chopper. Steve Taylor was awarded third place with his 1962 BSA Rocket Goldstar. Steve was awarded first place in 2017 with his 1922 JD Harley Davidson.

2019 Autumn Final

Morris Minor
Ted Brooke’s 1961 Morris Minor Million

2019 Spring Final

John Smith's VW Type 2 Deluxe Microbus

2018 Autumn Final

Rob Sargents 1969 Ford Cortina Savage

2018 Spring Final

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.


Vehicles made before 1 January 2000 are invited to enter into the Pride of Ownership competitions. 

This is not a Concours competition. However, Concours winning vehicles 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 standard of the vehicle is obviously important but for the Pride of Ownership, the passion of the owner and the journey the vehicle and driver have been on is equally as appealing.

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

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

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



Visitors will vote for their favourite car based on their history and the story the car shares with the owner. 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 during a presentation on the stand.

The Pride of Ownership judging panel will select the two runners up and overall winner who will each receive a trophy and the bragging rights to call themselves the best bike in show. These will be presented on Sunday at a ceremony on the main stage.


The owners and car crowned the overall winner of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership 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 or Classic Car & Restoration Show in March.