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Every year we meet thousands of people at motoring shows up and down the UK, getting out of the office to chat with our customers, check out the cool motors on show, and find out a little more about our fellow petrolheads and VW enthusiasts.

As well as giving us the chance to stretch our legs and meet you all, the show season also gives us the opportunity to find a winner for our annual “year’s free insurance” competition.

This year was no different, and our winner, chosen from everyone who left their details at the HIC stand at the shows we attended in 2015, was Matthew Hodder, 30, from Ramsgate.




Matthew, the owner of a 1998 T4 Camper and a VW Beetle, met our team at the “OhSoRetro” show in Margate, Kent in September, and we got in touch with him after his win to find out more about him, and discover more about his motoring past.

“I’ve always been interested in old-style VW campervans, the T2 and T25, but last year, on a bit of a budget, I finally decided to plump for the cheaper option and grab myself a ’98 T4 to sit alongside the Beetle I already owned,” Matthew said.

“So far the van has been in service on a few camping trips with the family, and later on this year, after a little TLC and some tweaks, I’ll be using it as my daily driver and to transport the kids around in style!”

The HIC team attend loads of events right across the UK every year, and like many of our customers, Matthew is a big fan of getting out in the sun and checking out the cars on show.

“I try to go to as many UK shows as possible during the warmer months, and they’re a great opportunity to meet up with clubs and friends. I know a lot of people who don’t go to shows for whatever reason, but I couldn’t recommend them more – everyone is so friendly, and there’s plenty there for families and kids too, not just us grown-ups.”

“Winning the cost of my insurance back has come at just the right time for us really. We’ve got a baby on the way and I’m planning to put the money towards decorating the nursery – who knows, I might even go for a campervan theme!

“The staff at HIC have really been great to us throughout. We’ve had four cars insured through them in the past, and I think they give some of the best service around, plus it’s nice to talk to people to know their cars too – it certainly makes a change.”

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a year’s free insurance this year from HIC, just take out a policy through us and pop along to any of the shows we attend and leave your details with our team.

You can find a full map of all the shows that we’re attending, and plenty more besides, here – Car Show Map

Good luck to everyone this year, and we look forward to meeting you all!