The first 10 classics to secure a place in the autumn final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC have been announced, with a Ferrari included amongst the line-up for the first time.
Flying the flag for the Prancing Horse will be Mark Vincent’s 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4, which has just undergone a bare metal restoration and will make its first outing at the NEC. It’s certainly in complete contrast to another of the entrants; Brian and Trevor Ford’s beige Morris Ital 1.3 HL. The 1982 example was owned by their late parents and was restored in their memory around 10 years ago.
Sticking with the 80s, Jonathan Smith had a poster of the AC 3000ME on his bedroom wall as a teenager, so jumped at the chance when he found one at auction. With only 104 made, his 1986 example was the third from last built and has just 4700 miles on the clock.
Moving into the 1990s, David Doolan’s Ginetta yellow G32 Coupe will certainly add some colour to the display. Also representing the decade is Dale Coan’s 1997 Daihatsu Hijet called Skylark. This diddy camper was full restored by Dale and his wife Anne and has since journeyed all over the UK.
Rewinding back to the 1950s will be Steven Murray’s 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith with its Hooper seven-seater limousine body. The 1960s, meanwhile, will be represented by a trio of British cars – John Simpson’s 1966 Sunbeam Alpine, Keith Hudson’s 1969 Jensen FF, and Mark Misiura’s 1964 MGB Roadster. They are joined by some American muscle in the form of Mart Dawson’s 1966 Ford Mustang.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, said: “The feature is renowned for showcasing a fantastic array of classics from over the decades and the first 10 to be announced have not disappointed. I can’t wait to hear the stories behind all the cars at the show.”
The winning car will be decided by the show visitors who will be invited to vote for their favourite. The victor will be announced by Mike Brewer on Sunday November 10 at 2pm.