Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

An Austin Metro re­stored by its owner as a trib­ute to his late wife has won a pub­lic vote to find the na­tion’s favourite re­stored clas­sic.

James Cribb’s 1989 City model beat off some ex­tra­or­di­nary com­pe­ti­tion from nine other cars to win the Her­itage Clas­sic Car In­sur­ance-sup­ported Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Re­storer of the Year award, voted for by the show’s vis­i­tors. Nor­man Smyth’s Jaguar E-type was Spon­sor’s Choice and run­ner-up, while Chris Depledge’s Sun­beam Stiletto took third place.

‘I had no idea it was go­ing to win – I’d have been happy for it to come fifth or sixth, so I’m over the moon,’ says James. ‘My wife would have been so proud of it.’

PC’s editor Danny Hop­kins says the cars rep­re­sent Bri­tain’s best restora­tions and re­flect the own­ers’ per­se­ver­ance in turn­ing dreams into road­go­ing re­al­ity.

‘All th­ese cars, and the sto­ries be­hind their restora­tions, have been so in­spir­ing,’ Danny says.

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