The Lotus Drivers Club is extremely proud and grateful not only to be shortlisted for our first ever National Car Club Award but to be announced as the 2018 Winner of the award for Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club sponsored by Lancaster Insurance Services.
Held in association with Tourism Ireland, Classic Car Weekly and the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the 2018 National Car Club Awards took place at Birmingham’s NEC as part of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, which the Club attended. A record number of nominations were made for the 18 categories, with the Lotus Drivers Club shortlisted for two awards. Established in 2016, the Awards are applauded for acknowledging exceptional work amongst UK Classic Car Clubs, the contributions of the enthusiastic people who run the clubs on behalf of their members, as well as celebrating the cherished cars themselves which the Car Club members own.
Committee members Chris Jones, Natasha Tresadern-Hill, Matthew and Jake Oxley collected the award for Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club during the awards evening on Saturday 24th March.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support and congratulations to all the nominees and award winners! Special thanks also to Mike Brewer, Classic Car Weekly and Tourism Ireland for an incredible evening.
Aside from the Judges Special Recognition Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award, the 18 awards were split into three categories: Classic Car Clubs, Devoted Members and At Show winners. These were chosen from the clubs exhibiting at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery.
Classic Car Club category
National Car Club of the Year: TR Register
Club Magazine of the Year: Triumph 2000, 2500 2.5 Register
Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club: Lotus Drivers Club
Outstanding Car Club Event (Single Venue): Joint Rover Clubs for Roverfest
Outstanding Car Club Event (Run, Rally or Tour): Club Triumph for the Ten Countries Run
Outstanding Club Initiative: National Street Rod Association
Best Car Club Contribution to Charity: Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, for raising over £100,000 at the Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival
Devoted Members category
National Car Club Young Member of the Year: Ben Hatton of the MGCC FWD Register.
Unsung Hero of the Year: Matt Ollman of the Rootes Archive Centre Trust
Ambassador of the Year: Nigel Thorley from the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club.
‘At Show’ winners
Best Live Working on Vehicles at Show: Jowett Car Club
Best Live Demonstration on a Car Club Stand at Show: Porsche 924 Owners Club
Best Stand and Car Club Display, under 80sqm: Land Rover Series 2 Club
Best Stand and Car Club Display, over 80sqm: International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts
Best Restored Car at Show: Chris Boffey’s 1973 Saab 96 (Saab Owners GB)
Best Car at Show: Geoff Norgrove’s 1906 Rover 8hp (the Stourbridge Pre War Car Club)
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.’