The Royal Automobile Club's Historic Awards are an annual set of accolades to recognise excellence and outstanding contributions to the UK's historic motoring and motorsport industries. The Awards reward achievement and innovation by highlighting and celebrating the wide range of companies, clubs, events, associations and individuals responsible for influencing and driving the British motoring movement.
Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party.
Nominations are now closed for 2023
Historic vehicle collections come in many forms, from those amassed by private individuals to those curated by museums large and small or by internationally-renowned marques. In this category the award will be presented to a British-based collection which has made a significant contribution to the historic motoring movement in the UK or internationally during the eligibility period. Examples include public-facing activities held in a museum or through sharing the vehicles from the collection at public events, or creative virtual events/seminars etc. that have allowed a wider audience to participate online.
This award seeks to celebrate the very best of the events that have a strong competitive element, from motor racing meetings and hill climbs to navigation and stage rallies, regularity trials, and hot rod and drag races. Historic racing series are also eligible, as are individual races if they are spectacular enough to form an 'event' in themselves. Eligible events must have taken place within the UK, or have had a significant part taking place within the UK.
There has never been a better time to be celebrating innovation in this industry. Turning great ideas into solutions, harnessing technology to improve or re-produce components, creating initiatives that enrich the industry or evolving products and services that meet the ever-demanding appetite of the growing historic motoring and motorsport scene – it’s time to reward this remarkable creative talent that exists in the industry and we encourage everyone to help nominate such innovations. There is a wide remit for this category, which is open to British-based individuals, organisations and classic vehicle clubs. The innovation must have been introduced between 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023.
This award recognises the stunning range of classic and historic car events that take place around the UK throughout the year. Potential nominees must have no element of timed competition. Eligible events include concours d’elegance, tours, classic vehicle shows and club gatherings. Judges will be looking for events – big or small – that have displayed a true sense of spectacle. Eligible events must have taken place within the UK, or have had a significant part taking place within the UK.
This award will be presented to the author of what the judges deem to be the best written or broadcast feature that has appeared in a British publication, TV/radio/film/broadcast media or digital platform within the twelve-month judging period. The feature can cover all aspects of the historic motoring world.
This award seeks to recognise any individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to heritage, historic motoring or historic motorsport during the judging period. The winner can come from any part of the British historic motoring world - private enthusiast, club organiser or perhaps a specialist who has achieved something remarkable.
The Restoration award will be presented for a restoration that results from not only impressive technical expertise but also a significant amount of research and sensitivity to the vehicle and its history. The judges will be looking for evidence of a dedication and determination to learn as much as possible about the subject’s provenance, and for an immaculately-documented research and restoration process, combined with world-class skills, resulting in a sensitive restoration that is entirely appropriate to the vehicle concerned. The restoration must be UK based. It can have been started at any point but must have been completed during the year ending 30 September 2023.
Aimed at rising stars aged between 18 and 30 who are going above and beyond and building their future in Britain’s historic motoring world. This is a vibrant industry and it’s vital that future generations who are making an exceptional contribution within their organisation are recognised. There is a wide remit for this category - from apprentices to club officials through to event organisers, journalists, photographers, restorers and classic car dealers. Think laterally - the possibilities are endless!
Winner 2022: William Heynes
Winner 2021: Billy Earwicker
Winner 2020: Jack Bond
In addition to the categories listed above, the Club will present the Royal Automobile Club Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognise an individual who has, in the opinion of the Club, made an outstanding contribution to British motoring history and heritage, or to the British historic motoring and motor racing movement, across many years.
This is the only category which cannot be nominated and is the only category recognising achievement beyond the previous twelve months.