Formed in 1897 by Frederick Simms, the Club was awarded its Royal title by King Edward VII in 1907, sealing its status as Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation. The Club’s early years were focused on promoting the motor car and its place in society, which developed into motoring events such as the 1000 Mile Trial, first held in 1900. In 1905, the Club held the first Tourist Trophy, which remains the oldest trophy competed for in motor sports. The Club promoted the first British Grand Prix at Brooklands in 1926 and the first Grand Prix d’Europe at Silverstone in 1950, whilst continuing to campaign for the rights of the motorist, including introducing the first driving licences.
Today, the Club continues to develop and support automobilism through representation on the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Motorsport UK and the RAC Foundation while promoting its own motoring events including London Motor Week, which features the Regent Street Motor Show and the RM Sotheby's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
The Historic Awards complement the Club’s series of internationally recognised trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Tourist Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy and the Torrens Trophy. The Club plays an active role in motorsport through partner events such as the 1000 Mile Trial, Rally of the Tests and the coveted Historic Tourist Trophy, Woodcote Trophy and the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, the jewel in the crown of the Goodwood Revival, which all play a major part in the Club’s heritage and connection to motorsport today.
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To further enhance the Awards the Club has partnered with prestigious motoring events company Historic Promotions, which assists in managing the event alongside the Club.
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