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Nom­i­na­tions are now be­ing taken for the Clas­sic & Sports Car Club Awards 2018. After an­other fan­tas­tic sea­son of events, this is our chance to re­ward the ef­forts of you, the own­ers and en­thu­si­asts who are the heart and soul of the UK’S clas­sic car com­mu­nity, for your ef­forts over the past 12 months.

For the eighth suc­ces­sive year, C&SC’S Club Awards is sup­ported by Lan­caster In­sur­ance. “From putting on great events to en­gag­ing with po­ten­tial and cur­rent en­thu­si­asts, clubs and their mem­bers are in­te­gral to keep­ing the clas­sic car move­ment alive and build­ing an in­dus­try that will last for gen­er­a­tions,” says An­drew Evan­son, Se­nior op­er­a­tions man­ager at Lan­caster In­sur­ance. “Th­ese awards cel­e­brate and high­light the pas­sion, di­ver­sity and en­thu­si­asm we have, and we’re thrilled to once again be sup­port­ing them.”

Our ros­ter of 2018 win­ners will be re­vealed after the first day of The Lan­caster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show at the NEC Birm­ing­ham on Fri­day 9 Novem­ber, and we look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the best of the Bri­tish clas­sic car scene.

Be­cause this year’s NEC show (9-11 Novem­ber) will host the world’s big­gest-ever gath­er­ing of clas­sic car clubs, there’s no bet­ter lo­ca­tion for our cer­e­mony. The event is tak­ing over an ex­tra hall, mean­ing the show now cov­ers an as­tound­ing one mil­lion square feet and will be wel­com­ing around 300 clas­sic car, ’bike and ve­hi­cle clubs.

And now we need you to get in­volved: our award cat­e­gories are listed on the right, so get think­ing and get vot­ing. To nom­i­nate, visit www.clas­si­can­d­sportscar.com/ clubawards and fill in the form, up­load­ing any sup­port­ing im­agery where pos­si­ble.

Among 2017’s win­ners were the TR Reg­is­ter (Best Club Web­site), the TVR Car Club (Club of the Year), the Van­den Plas Own­ers’ Club (Best Medium Club Stand) and The Frisky Reg­is­ter (above, Best Small Club Stand).

This is your chance to shine a spot­light on the un­sung he­roes and many achieve­ments of the UK’S clas­sic car fam­ily. The awards are noth­ing with­out you, so don’t for­get to have your say!

The Mon­terey Penin­sula wit­nessed pos­si­bly the great­est mov­ing mo­tor show in the world on 23 Au­gust, as a daz­zling ar­ray of Peb­ble Beach en­trants were put through their paces ahead of the main event. The lion’s share of 200 con­cours par­tic­i­pants set off from Peb­ble Beach at 9am, trav­el­ling in­land to­wards Te­hama Golf Club and loop­ing back on the Carmel Val­ley Road, be­fore a scenic run along High­way 1 to Big Sur. The tour fin­ished on Carmel’s Ocean Av­enue, where huge crowds could take a closer look at the ex­otic ma­chines.

Strik­ing di­ver­sity marked this year’s tour, with ev­ery­thing from pre-war pioneers – such as Gary and Sh­eryl Hunter’s 108-year-old Pope-hart­ford Model T 5 Pas­sen­ger Tour­ing – to coach­built post-war beau­ties tak­ing to the chal­leng­ing route, in­clud­ing Thierry De­haeck’s stun­ning 1972 Citroën SM Chapron My­lord Cabri­o­let. It was joined by a 1966 DS21 Cabri­o­let d’usine, ’66 DS21 Chapron Le Lé­man Coupé and a ’59 DS19 Ber­line d’usine, all be­long­ing to French-car fa­nat­ics Jef­frey and Frances Fisher.

The Tour is in no way a race, but the early pace was set by the spec­tac­u­lar 1958 Fer­rari Testa Rossa Scagli­etti Spy­der of Tom and Gwen Price, fol­lowed by a flock of Os­cas and the 1953 Si­ata 300BC Ber­tone Barchetta of Jür­gen Maes.

A hand­ful of 48 Sedans from hon­oured marque Tucker came out of hid­ing to tackle the drive, but the steep climbs and sharp de­scents took their toll on the group, with one fail­ing to clear 17-Mile Drive and an­other rolling to a stop later, wreathed in the smell of hot engine. Mary and Ted Stahl, Charles Good­man and Eric Bres­low’s cars all made the fin­ish.

Sev­eral ve­hi­cles from the Mo­tor Cars of the Raj class com­pleted the jour­ney, headed by the im­pe­ri­ous ’35 Bent­ley 3½-litre An­tem Drophead Coupé of Jagdish Thack­ersey. But the ma­chine that re­ally got spec­ta­tors talk­ing was the Pat­ter­son Col­lec­tion’s ’37 Cadil­lac Se­ries 90 Hart­mann Cabri­o­let, which seemed to glide along the route. Fur­ther Mon­terey Car Week news next month – and see more at

www.clas­si­can­d­sportscar.com

The Lan­cia Mo­tor Club was a 2017 win­ner

Jagdish Thack­ersey’s beau­ti­ful 1935 Bent­ley 31/2-litre An­tem Drophead Coupé en route

The Tour d’el­e­gance had 200 par­tic­i­pants

Tucker 48 trun­dles across the Bixby Bridge

Fab­u­lous ’37 Cadil­lac Se­ries 90 Hart­mann

Strik­ing Citroën DS21 Cabri­o­let d’usine

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