News : Great British Car Journey launches alternative awards

Everyday Austin

Honouring people who cherish their classic cars, Great British Car Journey has launched its own Masters of the Marque Awards. The awards have been launched in conjunction with Wera Tools (UK) Limited, a specialist tool manufacturer based in Derbyshire. The company has been making high quality hand tools packed with innovative features since 1936.

The first Masters of the Marque prizes were awarded last weekend (14 April) at the inaugural Austin Extravaganza event, and proved both competitive and popular. The Everyday Austin award went to a delightful 1972 Austin 1100 believed to have been a former Police car. Purchased six months ago, now fully restored and used every day for both work and fun.

‘I am delighted to have fellow Derbyshire business Wera Tools (UK) onboard with our new Masters of the Marque Awards,’ said Richard Usher, founder of the Great British Car Journey as well as these new awards.

‘These awards are purposefully quirky and quite different to anything else in the industry, very like our attraction. I wanted to recognise the thousands of classic car enthusiasts who love their cars, and have personally restored and maintain them at home,’ he added.

Masters of the Marque

Additionally, all visitors to upcoming Masters of the Marque events who arrive in a vehicle corresponding with the event marque, will each receive a commemorative metal plaque. Richard said: ‘We get such an array of vehicles at our marque-specific events so I was keen not to have specific categories that would limit entrants or, indeed winners. Myself or the team will personally judge all vehicles and decide on which vehicles and their owners stand out to me.’

Around ten awards will be given out at each event, all decided by Richard and Great British Car Journey staff. With the exception of one, there are no set categories, and the awards can only be entered by attending one of Great British Car Journey’s Masters of the Marque events.

One of the awards at each event will include the ‘Car We’d Like to Steal’ title. Richard explained: ‘Whenever we have events in the carpark, the Great British Car Journey team and I find ourselves wandering around the carpark and saying ‘crikey, we’d love to have that in the exhibition’ to each other.’

There are currently a number of Masters of the Marque events scheduled at the Great British Car Journey.

  • 28 April: Auto Italiane
  • 6 May: Morgans in May (including all niche British sports car marques)
  • 12 May: Rovers Return – 120 Years of Rover
  • 19 May: Voitures Francaises
  • 26 May: Spring Mini Day
  • 2 June: A Fiesta of Fords
  • 9 June: Morris Minor Day (open to all Morris models)
  • 23 June: Reliant Regatta
  • 14 July: MG Summer Festival
  • 18 August: Show Your Rootes
  • 26 August: Mini 65th Birthday
  • 8 September: A Triumph of Triumphs

Entry into the Great British Masters of the Marque in association with Wera Tools is simple; just turn up to the event in a corresponding marque of car. Winners from the above events will be invited to a Grand Celebration at the end of the year to crown an overall winner.

The cost to enter is just £10 per vehicle occupant, which also gives them full access to the museum and its facilities. Find out all the details on how to register to attend the Masters of the Marque events and buy discounted advance tickets here

Find out more about our inaugural Austin Extravaganza Masters of the Marque Event powered by Wera Tools here.

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