Restorer of the Year Competition Winner

Fantastic turn out for the NEC Restoration Show 2016!! Find out the Restorer of the Year Competition Winner here.

Heritage Insurance have been supporting and sponsoring the NEC Restoration Show from the beginning, and it was fantastic to see that once again the show drew in the crowds. The event really does cater for the classic car community, whether you’ve been a part of the scene for years or just got your hands on your first classic – the NEC Restoration Show 2016 offered something for everyone!

This year we were proud to join forces with Practical Classics magazine, to sponsor the Restorer of the Year show feature. Throughout 2015 Heritage Insurance and Practical Classics showcased the best Reader’s Restorations, giving you the chance to vote for your favourite. 27 Reader’s Restorations were featured in the magazine throughout the year.

Once voting ended we were left with 10 finalists, and visitors to the NEC Restoration Show 2016 then voted for their favourite. It was tough to choose with all of the finalists having fantastic stories, and having put so much hard work into these stunning classics! You can see the results of the Restorer of the Year Competition Winner below:


Austin Metro City – James Cribb James’ late wife bought the Metro in 1995. His excellent work stands as a tribute to her. Read more here.

Sponsor’s Choice

Jaguar E Type – Norman Smyth Norman’s wife passed away, so he rebuilt his life by rebuilding the car they’d dreamed of. Read more here.


Morris Minor – Bobby Moffatt & Dean Masterson. Grandfather Bobby prompted a project car when grandson Dean wanted to learn to weld. Read more here.
Triumph Stag Estate – Alan Chatterton. Alan wanted to create a Del Lines Stag estate replica, but actually rebuilt Del’s own car. Read more here.
MG Midget MkIII – Phil Stanton. Where most people would have found a replacement shell, Phil wouldn’t take no for an answer. Read more here.
BMW 7 Series – Garrie Curtis. Years of persistence paid off when Garrie’s grandfather Bill let him restore his old BMW! Read more here.
Lotus Esprit – Phil Leech The restoration of this special car spanned a divorce and several house moves! Read more here.
Sunbeam Stiletto – Chris Depledge. Chris took home a rotten Chamois to practice on before he started the Stiletto. Read more here.
 Ford Capri 2000GT – Chris Wagstaff. Chris didn’t let acute arthritis or a tiny garage stop him from restoring the car of his dreams. Read more here.
Triumph TR7 Sprint – Chris Turner This genuine TR7 Sprint was once Tony Pond’s. Chris restored it using NOS part. Read more here.

Restorer of the Year Award & Sponsors Choice

The Heritage Insurance and Practical Classics Restorer of the Year Competition Winner was James Cribb, with his Austin Metro fondly known as Gerty. With all of James’ family on hand to support him at the show their cheers of joy after hearing James had won the competition showed just how much this meant to him; and although it may surprise some people that this modest classic would win a classic car show competition, enthusiasts know that this is a great little car many of us grew up with! Our very own Mark Wilkinson, Managing Partner at Heritage Insurance, fondly remembers owning one when he was younger, so this was a Reader’s Restoration that always stood out to him.

Heritage Insurance also got the opportunity to pick our winner for the Sponsor’s Choice Award at the Restorer of the Year competition, and although all of the classics had fantastic stories behind and the hard work that had gone into the restorations was clear to see – we’d spent most of the weekend drooling over Norman Smyth’s Jaguar E-type which was a beautiful example of this iconic classic, so it had to be our winner!

Heritage Insurance would like to congratulate all of the entrants in this year’s Restorer of the Year competition, and we’re sure that spending your Sunday’s enjoying a drive in your classic on the open road makes all the months (or years!) spent in the garage more than worth the effort.

Win £10,000 worth of classic car prizes

We know that restoring your classic car is part of the joy of classic ownership, seeing that rusting shell turn into something beautiful after months of work – there’s nothing quite like it! Of course the project can get expensive and be grueling at times! Which is why we’ve partnered up with specialists from within the classic car industry to give you the chance to win £10,000 worth of classic car prizes, ranging from tool kits and cleaning products to car covers and GPS trackers! You can enter the competition here if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning.