22 March, 2018


Footman James Sponsors Two National Car Club Awards


The best and brightest in the industry will be recognised this weekend as part of the National Car Club Awards ceremony at the Practical Classics Restoration Show at the NEC.

This year, we're proud to announce that Footman James is sponsoring two of the National Car Club awards for 2018 - Unsung Hero of the Year and Best Stand and Car Club Display.

The National Car Club Unsung Hero of the Year award will be presented to the devotee who does a huge amount of behind the scenes work for a classic car club. This individual will be a key contributor to the day-to-day success of the association, whose exertions and hard work may often go unnoticed.

The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Glen Bunting - Post Vintage Humber Car Club
  • Steve Conry - Avenger Sunbeam Owners Club
  • Anthony (Tony) Hipperson (posthumous nomination) - Riley Motor Club
  • Ron Kirby - Volvo Owners Club
  • Bob Langston - Wolseley Register
  • Dave Lawton - Morris Register
  • Matt Ollman - Rootes Archive Centre Trust
  • Mike Parker - MG Car Club
  • Will Punchard - Scirocco Register
  • Ian Roberts - Gay Classic Car Group
  • Thelma Smith (posthumous nomination) - Jensen Owners Club

Also up for grabs is the coveted Best Stand and Car Club Display (over 80 square metres). This will be awarded to the most eye-catching of exhibits, guaranteed to draw in the crowds. Judges will seek out accessible stand designs, stylish presentation, and well-presented restoration or servicing demonstration. The adjudicators will also be noting exemplary staff who are engaging visitors and promoting interactivity on the stands.

A Star-Studded Affair

Classic enthusiast and star of Wheeler Dealers, Mike Brewer will be hosting the annual awards this year with the judging panel made up of Danny Hopkins (Editor, Practical Classics Magazine), David Simister (Classic Car Weekly), David Whale (Chairman, Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club) and David Boyce (Tourism Ireland Great Britain).

The National Car Club Awards themselves put it best when they say that the awards aim to "acknowledge the exceptional work of 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".