Northamptonshire-man-aiming-to-take-British-classic-car-titleA Northamptonshire man and his restored VW Beetle hope to claim the title of Britain’s best classic car at the UK’s largest classic car show.

Steve Lawrie, from Weldon in the county, is an obsessive VW fan and the proud owner of a 1958 Beetle which has so far made it to the last 16 at the showcase event held at the Meguiar’s Club Event at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show in Birmingham.

Of the seven year Beetle restoration project, Steve said: “It was pretty grim, just like you’d expect for an old Beetle, really! It needed a full restoration.”

Despite spending the best part of a decade working on the classic VW, it was never Steve’s aim to take the car onto the classic awards circuit. He added: “It wasn’t built to win trophies, but the project just evolved.

“I went up to the Volksworld show last year and really enjoyed it.

“I entered the car this year and it’s amazing to be asked.”

Despite taking honours at the Volksworld show, Steve fully intends to use the car. He said: “It’s built to be used and driven – it’s definitely not a trailer queen.”

The Beetle will compete with 16 other classics for the title, alongside a range of models as diverse as to incorporate the Mini and the Porsche 911.

The winner of the competition will be announced by TV’s Wheeler Dealer Mike Brewer, this Sunday.

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