The Driving Line

The Driving Line - Coming Soon

The Driving Line - Footman James' quarterly automotive writing competition is coming soon!

Calling on willing wordsmiths, ambitious amateurs, specialist scribes, cunning copyists, and adroit amanuenses: Footman James is launching its new writing competition, The Driving Line, aiming to champion the unsung writers in the classic and specialist vehicle arena. The first edition of the quarterly contest opens on 1 March and submissions close on 15th March, with the winner announced shortly afterwards, on 29th March. Entries will be judged in conjunction with Harry Metcalfe, with the winning piece hosted on the Footman James website and the winning author awarded a £500 cash prize.

The first contest, in what will be a quarterly series, is based around the subject of ‘one vehicle, one journey, one tank’. From 1st March to 15th March novice and hobby classic and specialist automotive writers are invited to submit up to 1,000 words based on this theme. Footman James’ judging team wants to read stories about road trips in cars and on motorbikes that have already taken place or those that are planned for the coming, warmer months. Harry Metcalfe will head up said judging panel, as a Footman James ambassador and esteemed journalist, alongside a trusted team of judges.

Harry Metcalfe said of the contest: “It’s a chance for all types of writers to showcase their stories to a new audience, and to blog about something they’re really passionate about. These are the posts we will be reading in between driving and working on our cars and bikes, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the contestants come up with.

Open to all, and not just Footman James clients, The Driving Line is easy to enter via the Footman James website. Just visit this page again on 1st March.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The promoter of The Driving Line is Footman James (the “Promoter”)
  2. The Footman James Driving Line is free to enter, and no purchase is necessary
  3. The opening date for votes is 00.01am on 01/03/2022. Entries will close on 15/03/2022 11:59pm
  4. Entries received after 15/03/2022 will not be considered
  5. The winner will be notified by email (using details provided at entry via the web form) and must provide Footman James further details to claim their prize.
  6. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed due to a technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind
  7. Only one entry per person will be accepted, any additional entries will not be counted
  8. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges and an independent supervisor as to which entry is the best by 29th March ("Draw Date").
  9. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and no cash alternative is offered.
  10. The Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter's control makes it necessary to do so.
  11. The Promoter's decision regarding any aspect of the Driving Line competition is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
  12. Driving Line entries are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry or refuse to honour the reservation to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
  13. The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the event where it becomes necessary to do so.
  14. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the entrants or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of Driving Line except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
  15. Personal data supplied during the course of this promotion will only be processed as set out in the Promoter's privacy policy, which can be found on the Promoter’s website.
  16. The Driving Line competition will be governed by English law, and registrations of the promotion submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.

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