by Gauk
Tue, Sep 29, 2020 10:14 PM
  • Competition opens to celebrate van drivers who are going above and beyond during 2020’s trials and tribulations
  • Winners can come from any profession and own any van; entrants just need to wow judges by explaining what makes them special
  • Entries will be judged and top ten winners chosen by What Car?, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and former Wheeler Dealer and TV personality Edd China
  • What Car?’s full van coverage can be found at:

Are you - or do you know - a van driver who deserves special recognition this year?

What Car?, TV personality Edd China and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have teamed up to scour the UK for van-driving heroes who have kept the nation moving during a testing 12 months - and we need your help to find them.

All you have to do to enter - be it putting yourself forward or nominating a friend - is send in the contact details for your Van Hero, up to 300 words of explanation and any supporting photos or video via this link.

The team of judges will then pick their ten favourites to celebrate across the What Car? website and on all judges’ social media channels to highlight their achievements.

“Courier, delivery driver, carpenter, plumber… the list of people that might be driving a van is endless, and we just want to hear the stories of any van drivers that you believe are a cut above the rest,” said Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car? “It doesn’t matter what you do or what van you drive; you can nominate yourself, or anyone you think has made a difference, during this difficult year.”

Backing the project to bring some cheer to the van-driving community, as well as joining the judging panel, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’s head of marketing, press and public relations Kate Thompson said: “The events of this year have shone a light on the critical role that van drivers across the country play. The altruism, innovation and sheer determination they’ve shown proves what we’ve known for a long time – they’re heroes! And we want to give them the recognition they deserve.”

Explaining what he was looking for from winners, judge Edd China added: “We’re looking to celebrate van drivers who have gone above and beyond during this time of national crisis, be it working tirelessly to deliver food to vulnerable people, getting key workers around, always going the extra mile to ensure that local businesses have been kept stocked or simply getting to work on time and with a smile, even when times have been especially hard. Anyone who sends in a good news story about what they or a friend do that leaves my tummy feeling warm and fuzzy will be in with a shout!”

What Car?’s Van Awards, revealing the very best vans on the market, will be revealed in early November, prior to What Car?’s Van Heroes with Edd China, in association with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

About What Car? 

What Car? is the UK’s leading consumer motoring champion and new car buying platform, reaching car buyers through its magazine, website, video and social media channels. It has been helping Britain’s car buyers to make purchasing decisions for more than 45 years and its reviews are widely regarded as the most comprehensive source of new car advice. offers verdicts and data on every new car, and has won numerous awards and accolades. It attracts 2.2m unique users and more than 12m page impressions every month.

In recent years What Car? has invested heavily in its digital infrastructure with the development of its new ecommerce platform, allowing users to act on the trusted advice What Car? offers by chatting online to car dealers through the website. Users are guaranteed to be able to buy their chosen car at What Car?’s Target Price discount, which is established by mystery shoppers and updated daily.

What Car? has more than 5.5 million monthly points of contact with its audience on the move, at work, at home and at the crucial point of sale. It is the top performing monthly on the UK newsstand in the motoring category.

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