Coachlines - May 2023

28.05.23 The Clerk

Buy your tickets for the Coachmakers’ Banquet 2023 prize draw

The final pieces of what has become a more complex jigsaw puzzle than anticipated are now falling into place, and this year’s Banquet is almost ready for the flag to drop.

It is a sell-out event at which just over 400 guests will sit down to a very special meal, amongst some very special guests, with a few entertaining surprises planned as it unfolds.

By now perhaps, those of you who are not able to attend due to other commitments, or who chose not to attend, might be feeling a little left out.

However, you can become involved too, and help raise even more money for the Coachmakers’ Charitable Fund.


Simples: by submitting an early entry into the Coachmaker Banquet 2023 Prize Draw.

All proceeds from the Draw will be used by the Coachmakers’ Charitable Trust to provide scholarships, bursaries, apprenticeship training and financial support to some of Britain’s next generation of engineers and designers.

How will that work?

Entry to the Draw is via prize draw envelopes and limited to 1,000 entries only.

To submit an entry guests attending on the night have been provided with a prize draw envelope with their invitation pack. They have been invited to place a £20 note in the envelope, seal it and write their name and telephone number on the envelope. On arrival at the Guildhall, they will be asked to post their entry into the large box that will be available at the table where they collect their seating plan; additional envelopes will be available on the night.

So if I’m not at the Banquet how can I enter the Draw?

If you follow this link, you can purchase one or more entries to the Draw just as you might buy your tickets to any other Coachmaker event.

For each and every entry you purchase in this way, the Assistant Clerk will write your name and telephone number on a prize draw envelope which will be placed in the box on the night with all the envelopes submitted by Banquet attendees as they arrive. Buy 10 entries in this way, and you can have 10 envelopes in the box with your name on them.

Envelopes submitted in this way will be indistinguishable from every other envelope in the box; and to ensure no favouritism either way, every envelope representing an entry purchased online will contain a £20 note sized piece of paper so that the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens (who will be invited to make the Draw) will not be aware that some envelopes will contain actual money and some will not.

With only 1,000 Prize Draw entries available, the more entries that you purchase in this way, the greater the chance you have of winning.

So what are the prizes?

1st – One of Omologato’s newly released ‘Centenaire’ watches, honouring the 100 Years of the Le Mans race, a limited edition watch of which this is number 004.

2nd – Two framed prints:
“The Best of British” an image of Derek Bell driving the Rothmans Porsche 956 in the 1982 Le Mans 24 Hour race in which he and his co-driver – Le Mans legend Jacky Ickx – won. The poster is signed by Derek Bell, the artist James Dugdale and author Ian Wagstaff.

“British Racing Green” shows ‘Bentley Boy’ Sir Tim Birkin driving the works 6.5-litre Speed Six Bentley to victory at Le Mans in 1929. He shared the car with multi-millionaire Woolf Barnato, who, at the time, was bankrolling Bentley Motors and was company chairman. British Racing Green is signed by Ian Wagstaff and Guy Smith.

3rd – Tea for four at The Ritz

4th – A signed copy of Ian Wagstaff’s book ‘The British at Le Mans’ AND a signed copy of Richard Williams’ new publication, ‘One Hundred Years’

5th – A signed copy of Richard Williams’ new publication, ‘One Hundred Years’

Terms and conditions will apply as stipulated by the prize providers at the time but thank you for your generosity and good luck.