The Ferrari Owners’ Club
of Great Britain

The Northern Ferrari Day

Report by Sydney Brown, pictures by Chris Hellier


IMG_1715The 14th Northern Ferrari Day was held on Sunday 13th July at Vale Royal Abbey, a delightful former Cistercian Monastery, dating back to the 13th Century, situated in the heart of rural Cheshire.

After overnight rain, the day dawned dry and bright. The concours display area was a large circular lawn, to the rear of the abbey, which was adequate to accommodate the entrants, with non-entered Ferraris parked in a large semi-circle opposite.

Our event marshals, Chris Hellier and Andrew Stockton were on site early to ensure that every Ferrari was efficiently directed to its parking location. Concours competitors were entered in one of seven classes, representing tipi from the 1960’s to the present day.

Our sponsors were sited adjacent, with a delectable line up of cars.

We were particularly pleased to welcome Club members representing area groups in the North East, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands, Lakeland and Anglia.

Concours judging commenced promptly at 11am with our main judges, Tony Richardson, Jim Robinson, Brian Booth and Norman Tooley, joined by two of our previous-year concours class winners, Jonathan Paxton and Gary Burgess, anxious to learn the ins and outs of concours appraisal.

Of the 76 Ferraris present, 27 were entered in the concours. Judging completed, 92 diners took their places in the Great Hall for an excellent three-course lunch at 1.30pm, whereafter the presentation of awards commenced.

Colin and Barbara O’Loughlin, who are the event organisers, briefly thanked members for their attendance, the marshals for their direction, the judges for their diligence and the sponsors for their support, before awarding the appropriate trophies together with an engraved glass memento to all concours entrants.


R & D Automotive Ltd – Award for pre ’75 Cars Presented by Sue Skinner
1st. Sydney Brown 365 GTB/4 2nd. Andy Deegan 246 GT 3rd Andy Deegan 365 GTB/4


J.M.H. Automotive Ltd – Award for post ’75 Cars Presented by Pam Pilkington
1st Rod Bond F50 2nd.Michael Carr 308GTS QV 3rd Salvatore Albanese 456M GTA


Stratstone Ferrari – Award for post 2000 Cars
Presented by Corinne Rolinson – Events and Marketing Manager
1st. David Warburton 430 Scuderia 16M 2nd. Salvatore Albanese 550 Maranello
3rd Stuart Ingham 430F1


V.I.P. Valeting and Car Sales – Victor Ludorum Award Presented by Heath Gray
Eric Singleton 355 GTB


2b Consulting Automotive – Champion Class Award Presented by Edward Brown
Terry Clarke 355 GTB


Area Group Class Award Presented by Sue Tyler
1st John Shonfeld Superamerica (North West)
2nd Jonathan Winn 575 Maranello (North East)


GT Cars Ltd – 275/330 Award Presented by Laura Paxton
1st David Moores 275 GTB/4 2nd Hassan Isaji 330 GTC


North West Award – Area Group Class Winner in the 2013 National Concours
Presented by Sydney Brown to Jonathan Paxton 360 Spider


The trophy awards concluded with a presentation made to Colin and Barbara O’Loughlin by Maureen Brown in recognition and thanks from the North West Area Group membership for their having organised yet another superb Northern Ferrari Day.


More pictures of the event are posted on our Club’s Flickr page – click here to view them.