ONE OF Hampshire’s top attractions has scooped a second major award for the same event.

The 50th International Autojumble held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, was won the best event/exhibition category in the UK Heritage Awards.

A panel of tourism industry experts said the Autojumble was a shining example of a heritage-themed event.

The trophy was presented to Beaulieu’s events manager, Judith Maddox, at a glittering ceremony at Goldsmith’s Hall in London.

It comes just weeks after the Autojumble won a gold award at the Beautiful South Awards organised by Tourism South East.

Judith said: “We are thrilled to have won not only one but two top tourism awards for one of Beaulieu’s biggest, most popular and longest running events.

“It brings so much enjoyment to motoring enthusiasts and promotes automotive heritage across the world.”

The Autojumble is the biggest event of its type on this side of the Atlantic and attracts visitors from across Europe.

More than 36,000 people attended the celebration held in 2016 to mark the event’s half century.

About 2,400 stands were crammed with motoring treasures and elusive spare parts sought by enthusiasts restoring classic cars and keeping them on the road.

The museum estimates that the event gave the local economy a £3 million boost.

A Beaulieu spokesman said: “Exhibitors were invited to join in with a special gold theme and a trophy. A trophy was awarded to the best gold stand, which was topped with a ‘birthday cake’ that could be seen across the Beaulieu events fields.

“A special display of vehicles showed what can be achieved with parts bought at the autojumble.”

The 2018 International Autojumble will be held on September 1-2.