As the world’s leading classic car title, Classic & Sports Car is inextricably linked with all the blue riband events in the classic car world, including the Goodwood Revival, Pebble Beach and the Silverstone Classic.
Being a true enthusiasts’ title, however, C&SC is just as passionately committed to hundreds of smaller events, too, whether it is the C&SC concours at Shelsley Walsh’s Classic Nostalgia weekend or the Thatcham Classic, an informal autumn event organised by C&SC’s Art Editor Martin Port.
The undisputed highlight of Classic & Sports Car’s year, though, is its annual Club Awards. Held in association with Lancaster Insurance during the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham, these prestigious awards are C&SC’s chance to recognise and reward the tireless, often taken for granted, efforts of the classic car clubs, the backbone of the classic car hobby.
Compered by Simon Taylor since the awards’ inception more than a decade ago, the ceremony takes place in a room packed with 300 guests eager to see if their club has scooped one of the coveted prizes.
The awards are split between those focusing on the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – the best cars and stands of the event – and those that acknowledge the year-round efforts of the clubs.
The latter group includes the Club of the Year, Best Club Show or Event and the Best Club Website among others.
Traditionally, the most fiercely competed for award is the Club Personality of the Year title. This recognises not just the achievements of a club, but an individual within a club whose efforts to safeguard, preserve, promote and protect their chosen marque or model have been above and beyond the call of duty. This award, more than any, celebrates the true heroes of the classic car world.