PRESTATYN Classic Car Show drew in the crowds virtually this year when it hosted its event online.

Determined Tim Williams, who organises the show, made sure lockdown didn't put the brakes on the event and encouraged those who would have attended to share photos of their cars on Facebook.

The winner was judged by the greatest numbers of likes on their photo.

David Grey, and his 1970 Escort MkI RS 1600, was awarded a virtual trophy.

Car of the Show went to James Trevor Tailor with his 1972 Saab 96 V4.

Tim said: "We were devastated that we had to cancel this year's Classic Car Show. Gav Borders, one of our team, came up with the idea of having a virtual show where classic car owners could post a photo of their car on our Facebook page.

"As every show in the country appears to have been forced to cancel, this proved an extremely popular way and enabled owners to show off their pride of joy.

"It was not ideal, as not all car owners are Facebook savvy, but we still had a great selection."

Tim said preparation for the show starts in January.

"This is when we hold our first team meeting," he added.

"It always surprises me on how keen my band of volunteers are to get the show on the road, so to speak, every year.

"We have grown the show over 20 years. This would have been our 21st and many car owners have been returning year after year.

"Some say that this is the best show they attend and tell their friends, which in return leads to a full show of over 350 motor vehicles.

"Over the last two years, we have run out of space in the car parks in town and the Cerrig Llwydion gardens where we have stalls and entertainment.

"Denbighshire County Council has allowed us to close the upper part of the High Street, which has made the show even more popular, as the shops can now benefit from visitors coming into the area.

"This year's show would have been the biggest yet and with the fantastic weather, it would have been the busiest."

Tim said the decision to cancel the show was made very late.

"We didn't want to let our car owners down," he said.

"We had people phoning asking us to put the show on again later in the year. Some coming from far afield had booked hotel rooms to make a weekend of it."

Talking briefly about lockdown, Tim said he felt it had given people a chance to 're-evaluate their lives'.

"I found that myself, and I am sure many others, gradually took on more and more work and responsibilities without noticing the steady increase in the time it takes out of our lives," he added.

"Although I must say that the brilliant weather we have been having has helped, I am sure that when the lockdown has been lifted we will be ready to get back into the saddle."