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This annual prestigious ceremony for the National Car Club Awards was held at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show at the NEC on the evening of the 24th March 2018.

The car club awards were split into three categories – Classic Car Clubs, Devoted Members and At Show winners, chosen from the clubs displaying at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery.

In the Classic Car Club categories, TR Register was revealed as the National Car Club of the Year with a special commendation for the F1 parade at the Silverstone held British Grand Prix.

Mike Brewer, Wheeler Dealers TV star and host of the event said;

"Clubs had to tick of a long list of achievements to be in with a chance of this award. The judges looked at initiatives to bring in new members, stunning events, web presence and club magazines. In particular our winners, the TR Register enjoyed a string of successes in those areas plus events like the return to Jabbeke with the speed record winning TR2 and putting TRs in front of millions at the British Grand Prix."

The ceremony was attended by some of the various volunteers that had worked on the stand that weekend, including Chairman of the TR Register, Paul Hogan who expressed his delight with the award;

"This truly outstanding accolade has nothing to do with me but reflects the very broad range of activities the club covers. The citation commended our Sprint Championship, the quality of our magazine, the Youth Group, our Web Site and of course the coup of hosting the Drivers Parade at the British Grand Prix.
As in all things the TR Register is a team effort but I really ought to single out both Wayne Scott and Ian Smith for some special praise. Wayne for his untiring enthusiasm for all things TR and Ian for making the British Grand Prix happen.
We are a club of many factions and with many diverse interests and opinions but we have been recognised by our peers to be among the very best and for that you can all be truly proud. I know I am."

There were successes for other Triumph Clubs as well. The Triumph 2000, 2500 Register won Club Magazine of the Year for SIXappeal and our friends over at Club Triumph were awarded the well deserved accolade for Best Run, Rally or Tour for their Ten Countries Run.

The award for Outstanding Club Initiative to encourage the Next Generation went to the National Street Rod Association while the Best Car Club Contribution to Charity, a new award for 2018, went to the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, for raising over £100,000 at the Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival. Best Club Event went to RoverFest for their extravaganza organised jointly by the Rover clubs - a great example of various marque clubs working together.

Another new award for 2018 was the National Car Club 'Young Member' of the Year in the Devoted Members category, which saw the inaugural award presented to Ben Hatton of the MGCC FWD Register. The Unsung Hero of the Year was awarded to Matt Ollman of the Rootes Archive Centre Trust while the Ambassador of the Year was deservedly given to Nigel Thorley from the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club.

The 'At Show' winners saw the Jowett Car Club winning the Best Live Working on Vehicles at Show for the third year running with another ambitious programme of restoration on the club's stand. New for 2018, the Best Live Demonstration on a Car Club Stand at Show was presented to The Porsche 924 Owners Club.

Best Stand and Car Club Display, under 80sqm, went to the Land Rover Series 2 Club, while for the larger over 80sqm displays, the award was given to the International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts.

The Best Restored Car at Show accolade was presented to Chris Boffey's 1973 Saab 96 on the Saab Owners GB stand, with Best Car at Show given to Geoff Norgrove's 1906 Rover 8hp on the Stourbridge Pre War Car Club stand.

Awards Director Lee Masters said:

"Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the nominees for making it an incredible night. The car clubs have embraced these awards, with more nominations from the clubs and more deliberation from our judges every year."

British racing icon Sir Stirling Moss was amongst those honoured at the 2018 National Car Club Awards, held in association with Tourism Ireland, with 18 awards presented to car clubs and individuals.

Sir Stirling received the Judges Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, for his services not only to motorsport but the time and effort he has given to the motoring community and classic car clubs. The award was accepted by close friend Peter James.

The coveted Lifetime Achievement award went to Drummond Black from the Jowett Car Club for 55 years of service to the club. Since joining the club in 1963, Drummond has maintained his enthusiasm, sense of humour and selfless contribution to this day according to those who nominated him.

The National Car Club Awards are held in association with Tourism Ireland, supported by Classic Car Weekly and endorsed by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC).

The 2018 judging panel includes Danny Hopkins, editor of Practical Classics; David Simister, editor of Classic Car Weekly; David Whale from FBHVC and David Boyce from main sponsor Tourism Ireland.

WINNERS

Classic Car Club Categories:

National Car Club of the Year

Sponsored by Lancaster Insurance

WINNER: TR Register

HIGHLY COMMENDED: National Street Rod Association

Outstanding Club Magazine of the Year (printed)

Sponsored by one of Tourism Ireland

WINNER: Triumph 2000 2500 2.5 Register – for SIXappeal

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Midget and Sprite Club – for MASCOT

HIGHLY COMMENDED: National Street Rod Association – for Street Gasser

Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club

Sponsored by Lancaster Insurance

WINNER: Lotus Drivers Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: MK1 Golf Owners Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The 1100 Club

Outstanding Car Club Event | Single Venue Event or Show

Sponsored by Classic Car Weekly

WINNER: Rover Sports Register – for Roverfest

HIGHLY COMMENDED: National Street Rod Association – for 27thNSRA Hot Rod Supernationals & 21st ESRA European Street Rod Nationals

HIGHLY COMMENDED: TR Register – for TR Register drivers parade at the British Grand Prix

Outstanding Car Club Event | Run, Rally or Tour

Sponsored by Classic Car Weekly

WINNER: Club Triumph – for 10CR (Ten Countries Run)

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bright Yellow Car Group – for Bright Yellow Car Convoy to Bilbury

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Marcos Owners Club - for British Classic Welcome Le Mans France

Outstanding Club Initiative to encourage the Next Generation

Sponsored by FBHVC

WINNER: National Street Rod Association

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Morris Minor Owners Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Morris Register

Best Car Club Contribution to Charity

Sponsored by Carole Nash

WINNER: Jaguar Enthusiasts Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Triumph Classic Owners Club


At Show Winners:

Best Stand & Car Club Display (under 80sqm)

Sponsored by Practical Classics

WINNER: The Land Rover Series 2 Club.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club.

Best Stand & Car Club Display (over 80sqm)

Sponsored by Footman James

WINNER: The International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Austin A30/A35 Owners' Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ford Corsair Owners Club.

Best Live Working on Vehicles at Show

Sponsored by Meguiar's

WINNER: Jowett Car Club.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gay Classic Car Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Bug Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: 2CVGB.

Best Live Demonstration on a Car Club Stand at Show

Sponsored by Carole Nash

WINNER: The Porsche 924 Owners Club.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Allard Owners Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: National Street Rod Association.

Best Restored Car at Show

Sponsored by Practical Classics

WINNER: Chris Boffey's 1973 Saab 96, Saab Owners GB

Best Car at Show

Sponsored by Classic Car Auctions

WINNER: Geoff Norgrove's 1906 Rover 8hp, Stourbridge Pre War Car Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Allardette continuation manufactured by Allard Sports Cars Ltd, Allard Owners Club


Devoted Members Categories:

National Car Club Unsung Hero of the Year

Sponsored by Footman James

WINNER: Matt Ollman - Rootes Archive Centre Trust

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bob Langston - Wolseley Register

SPECIAL MENTION: Anthony (Tony) Hipperson (posthumous nomination) - Riley Motor Club

SPECIAL MENTION: Thelma Smith (posthumous nomination) - Jensen Owners Club

National Car Club Ambassador of the Year

Sponsored by Meguiar's

WINNER: Nigel Thorley - Jaguar Enthusiasts Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Peter Lee - Transit Van Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kevin Price - Volvo Enthusiasts Club

National Car Club Young Member of the Year

Sponsored by Lancaster Insurance

WINNER: Ben Hatton - MGCC FWD Register

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Neal Welch - Austin A30/A35 Owners' Club

SPECIAL MENTION: Benjamin Crosby - Racing-Puma.co.uk

Special Recognition Awards:

National Car Club Judges Special Recognition Award

Sponsored by Lancaster Insurance

WINNER: Sir Stirling Moss

National Car Club Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Tourism Ireland

WINNER: Drummond Black - Jowett Car Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Rose and Arthur Peeling - Morris Register

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