It was only when John Muldeary picked up his Rolls Royce Owners Club newsletter that he discovered his car had won a prestigious award.
The Shepparton resident had attended the Victorian Rolls Royce Concours d'Elegance with his 1987 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit, but had ventured home before the presentations were held the following day.
Picking up his membership newsletter, Mr Muldeary was proud to discover he had taken out the Maisie Dodd Award.
The award was given to the best post-war car in daily use.
“The object of the award is to encourage members in the day to day use of their motor car,” Mr Muldeary said.
Mr Muldeary said he drove the car as often as he could after buying it in 2014.
“My weekends are enjoyed by driving the car around the Goulburn Valley,” he said.
Employed as a cleaner at Goulburn Valley Health, Mr Muldeary said his passion for Rolls Royces started when he was 17.
“I went to a dealership with my father and fell in love,” he said.
It was not until many years later, when he reached his 60s, that Mr Muldeary finally bought his dream car.
“I'm really, really proud,” he said.
It is not the first time the vehicle has won, after he entered the his first Concours D'Elegance in 2015 after many hours went into cleaning the vehicle.
“I was the winner of my class then,” he said.
And the gongs kept coming for Mr Muldeary, who was also awarded with the best picnic table at the recently-held Concours D'Elegance in the Yarra Valley.