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It’s time to make your nominations for the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards - 13 August 2019

  Classic summer of motoring set to inspire nominations for inaugural Historic Awards, says Royal Automobile Club


With a summer of historic motoring and motorsport events in full swing now is the perfect time to celebrate success both on and off the track across the UK’s historic motoring scene, by making your nominations for the 2019 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards.


Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party. The nominated activity, event or feat must have occurred entirely or at least in the main part within the UK and have a very strong, or exclusively, historic element to it. It must have taken place in the twelve months from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019.


So, if you’ve attended or organised a superb historic motorsport event or motoring spectacle, have completed an immaculate restoration, read or written an outstanding piece of classic motoring journalism or have been enthralled by spectating at, competing in or have organised an exciting historic race series, it’s time to think about making a nomination. 


Alternatively, perhaps you represent or have visited a UK-based museum or collection that has achieved something significant within the past year, or are aware of an individual whose achievements during the eligibility period make them a worthy ‘Personality’ winner? Make sure you have your say by submitting a nomination through the Awards’ website before the closing date of 30 September 2019.


A hand-picked panel of experts have been selected as Lead Judges for the Awards, giving all nominees the reassurance that submissions will be reviewed by independent panels with an in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for their particular category. 


The inaugural partners for the Awards have also been announced, with renowned German luxury watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne, centre of excellence for historic motoring Bicester Heritage, wealth managers Brewin Dolphin, specialist insurers Footman James, classic motoring event organiser HERO and major energy player Total all confirming their support for what promises to become an integral part of the historic motoring calendar.


Nominations are sought within the following categories:


Competitive Event (Supported by Brewin Dolphin. Lead Judge: historic motorsport competitor and event organiser, Vanessa Marçais)

For any UK-based competitive classic motorsport event, from motor racing meetings and hillclimbs to navigation and stage rallies, regularity trials, and hot rod and drag races.


Motoring Spectacle (Supported by Footman James. Lead Judge: Alastair Clements, Editor-in-Chief, Classic & Sports Car)

Eligible events include concours d’elegance, tours, classic vehicle shows and club gatherings. Judges will be looking for British events – big or small – that have displayed a true sense of spectacle.


Race Series (Supported by A. Lange & Söhne. Lead Judge: Ian Titchmarsh, motor racing commentator and Chair of Silverstone Heritage)

This can be organised by one of the big international organisers or by one of the many UK-based historic racing clubs, but must have a predominantly UK-based calendar.


Collection (Supported by Total. Lead Judge: Simon Taylor, journalist, TV commentator and former Editor of Autosport and Managing Director of Haymarket Magazines)

This award will be presented to a British-based collection or museum which has made a significant contribution to the historic motoring movement in the UK or internationally.


Restoration (Supported by Bicester Heritage. Lead Judge: David Lillywhite, Editorial Director of Magneto)

The winner in this category will be 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 restoration must have been done in the UK. It can have been started at any point but must have been completed during the year ending 30th September 2019.


Personality (Supported by HERO. Lead Judge: Chairman of Motorsport UK Council and a Vice President of the Royal Automobile Club, Tom Purves)


Open to individuals from any part of the British historic motoring world, for example (but not limited to) private enthusiast, club organiser or specialist.  They must have made a truly outstanding contribution to heritage, historic motoring or historic motorsport during the judging period.


Outstanding Journalism (Lead Judge: Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief, Autocar)

This award will be presented to the author of what the judges deem to be the best historic motoring-related written feature that has appeared in a British publication or digital platform within the twelve-month judging period.


In addition to the above categories, the Club will also 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/or 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.


The nominations will be shortlisted in October 2019 for judging and the winners will be announced at a gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019.


Continuing the Club’s rich pedigree in celebrating motoring accomplishments, the Royal Automobile Club’s Historic Awards reward achievement and innovation by highlighting the wide range of companies, clubs, events, associations and individuals responsible for influencing and driving the British historic motoring movement.


Alongside the Historic Awards, the Royal Automobile Club also presents a series of internationally recognised trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Torrens Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy and the oldest trophy in motorsport still being competed for today; the Tourist Trophy.


To make a nomination please go to our Nominations page.


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Lead Judges and Partners Confirmed for the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards - 6 June 2019

A hand-picked panel of experts have been selected as Lead Judges for the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. All nominees will have the reassurance that their submissions will be reviewed by independent panels with an in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for their particular category. The inaugural partners for the Awards have also been announced, with fine watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne, Bicester Heritage, specialist insurers Footman James, classic motoring event organiser HERO and Total all confirming their support for the Awards, which promise to become an integral element of the historic motoring calendar.

The Lead Judges
As a historic motorsport competitor and event organiser, Vanessa Marçais, Lead Judge for the Competitive Event category, has vast experience of being on both sides of the pit wall. She also sources and acquires sports, sports-racing and Grand Prix cars for private collectors, organises and runs the GT & Sports Car Cup and is a Curator for the Concours of Elegance.

Alastair Clements, Editor-in-Chief, Classic & Sports Car is Lead Judge for the Motoring Spectacle category. A passionate enthusiast of cars of all ages, types and values, Alastair has been associated with Britain’s best-selling classic car magazine for 20 years.


Ian Titchmarsh, motor racing commentator and Chair of Silverstone Heritage is Lead Judge for the Race Series category. He has been involved in motorsport since 1963, was Principal Commentator at Silverstone from 1983 until 2015 and still commentates at most circuits in the UK.


Lead Judge in the Collection category, Simon Taylor, joined Autosport straight from university and was editor by age 23.  As Publisher and then Managing Director of Haymarket Magazines he launched What Car?, Classic & Sports Car and F1 Racing.  For 20 years he was BBC Radio's motor racing commentator before joining ITV's F1 commentary team.


The judging panel for the Restoration category will be led by David Lillywhite, Editorial Director of Magneto. A classic motoring journalist since 1992, he co-launched Octane magazine and became Editorial Director of Octane, Vantage, Enzoand Land Rover Monthly and launch editor of AutoClassics. In 2018 he started Hothouse Media, to publish the new high-end quarterly magazine Magneto.


Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief, Autocar, Lead Judge for the Outstanding Journalism category, has been testing and writing about cars for nearly 40 years, half of that time at Autocar. He joined the staff of Car magazine in 1978 and became editor in 1981. In 1989 he launched his own magazine, Buying Cars, which was bought by Haymarket Media Group, where he has worked ever since.


Chairman of Motorsport UK Council and a Vice President of the Royal Automobile Club, Tom Purves is Lead Judge for the Personality category. In 2010 he retired from the position of CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood (a BMW Company), following a career that also included roles as Managing Director of the BMW Group in Britain and head of BMW Group’s commercial operations in the USA and the Americas.


Jeremy Vaughan, Head of Motoring for the Royal Automobile Club, said: “The integrity and expertise of the jury is paramount to the Awards. By giving each category its own Lead Judge who will hand-pick other members of that particular jury, we are ensuring that each category is assessed rigorously. To win an award is a pleasure but to know that it’s been judged with rigour by experts makes it that extra bit special.


“We are delighted to welcome our first tranche of partners for the Awards and are looking forward to working with such key brands as A. Lange & Söhne, Bicester Heritage, Footman James, HERO and Total on such an important event for the Royal Automobile Club. We have been rewarding excellence for over 120 years and these awards continue the Club’s rich pedigree in celebrating motoring achievements.”

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Nominations Invited for the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards - Wednesday 20 March 2019

Nominations are now invited for the 2019 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. This new set of annual awards has been created to recognise excellence, outstanding achievement and innovation within the UK’s historic motoring and motorsport industries. Nominations must be made through the Awards’ website royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk/nominate before the closing date of 30 September 2019.


With the exception of the Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award, category nominations are invited from all corners of the UK's historic motoring scene, in accordance with the relevant category guidelines. Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by others.


The nominated activity, event or feat must have occurred entirely or at least in the main part within the UK and have a very strong, or exclusively, historic element to it. It must have taken place in the twelve months from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019.


Nominations are sought within the following categories:

  • Competitive Event
  • Motoring Spectacle
  • Race Series
  • Collection
  • Restoration
  • Outstanding Journalism
  • Personality


The Awards will be judged by a hand-picked panel of independent experts consisting of some of the most highly regarded individuals in their respective fields, each with specific in-depth knowledge of their assigned categories, making a win one of the most sought-after accolades in the motoring world.


The nominations will be shortlisted in October 2019 for judging and the winners will be announced at a gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019.


The 2019 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards categories in detail:


Competitive Event
This award seeks to celebrate the very best of the multitude of events that have a strong competitive element. This covers any event from motor racing meetings and hillclimbs to navigation and stage rallies, regularity trials, and hot rod and drag races. Eligible events must have taken place within the UK, or to have had a significant part of the event take place within the UK.


Motoring Spectacle
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 of the event take place within the UK.


Race Series
This award aims to recognise the huge number of highly active and successful historic racing series, many of which take place across an international stage, and can be organised by one of the big international organisers or by one of the many UK based historic racing clubs. To be eligible for this award a race series must have a predominantly UK based calendar.


Collection
This 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. 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.


Restoration
This 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 30th September 2019.


Outstanding Journalism 
This award will be presented to the author of what the judges deem to be the best written feature that has appeared in a British publication or digital platform within the twelve-month judging period. The feature can cover all aspects of the historic motoring world.


Personality
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 possibilities are endless.


In addition to the above categories, the Club will also present the Royal Automobile Club Lifetime 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.


Continuing the Club’s rich pedigree in celebrating motoring accomplishments, the Royal Automobile Club’s Historic Awards reward achievement and innovation by highlighting the wide range of companies, clubs, events, associations and individuals responsible for influencing and driving the British historic motoring movement.


Alongside the Historic Awards, the Royal Automobile Club also presents a series of internationally recognised trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Torrens Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy and the oldest trophy in motorsport still being competed for today; the Tourist Trophy.

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Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards' Categories Announced - Thursday 7 February 2019

The categories for the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards have now been announced. Nominations for this recently launched new set of annual awards, which will recognise excellence and outstanding contributions to the UK’s historic motoring and motorsport industries, open on March 20.

Nominations will be sought within the following categories:

  • Competitive Event
  • Motoring Spectacle
  • Race Series
  • Collection
  • Restoration
  • Outstanding Journalism
  • Personality

In order to qualify for consideration, any nomination must have a very strong, or exclusively, historic element to it and the nominated activity, event or feat must have taken place in the twelve months from 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2019 and must have occurred entirely or at least in the main part within the UK. In every case the judges will be looking for outstanding achievement and innovation.


In addition to the above categories, the Club will present the Royal Automobile Club Lifetime Award. This award will 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 award which cannot be nominated and the only category recognising achievement beyond the previous twelve months.

The winners will be announced at a gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019.


The 2019 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards categories in detail:


Competitive Event
This award seeks to celebrate the very best of the multitude of events that have a strong competitive element. This covers any event from motor racing meetings and hillclimbs to navigation and stage rallies, regularity trials, and hot rod and drag races. Eligible events must have taken place within the UK, or to have had a significant part of the event take place within the UK.


Motoring Spectacle
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 of the event take place within the UK.


Race Series
This award aims to recognise the huge number of highly active and successful historic racing series, many of which take place across an international stage, and can be organised by one of the big international organisers or by one of the many UK based historic racing clubs. To be eligible for this award a race series must have a predominantly UK based calendar.


Collection
This 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. 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.


Restoration
This 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 30th September 2019.


Outstanding Journalism 
This award will be presented to the author of what the judges deem to be the best written feature that has appeared in a British publication or digital platform within the twelve-month judging period. The feature can cover all aspects of the historic motoring world.


Personality
This award seeks to recognise any individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to heritage 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 possibilities are endless.


The Awards will be judged by a hand-picked panel of independent experts consisting of some of the most highly-regarded individuals in their respective fields, each with specific in-depth knowledge of their assigned categories, making a win one of the most sought-after accolades in the industry.


Continuing the Club’s rich pedigree in celebrating motoring accomplishments, the Royal Automobile Club’s new Historic Awards will reward achievement and innovation by highlighting the wide range of companies, clubs, events, associations and individuals responsible for influencing and driving the British historic motoring movement.

Alongside the Historic Awards, the Royal Automobile Club also presents a series of internationally recognised trophies and medals celebrating motoring achievements. These include the Segrave Trophy, the Torrens Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy and the oldest trophy in motorsport still being competed for today; the Tourist Trophy.

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The Royal Automobile Club launches annual Historic Awards - Friday 9 November 2018

The Royal Automobile Club is launching a new set of annual awards to recognise excellence and outstanding contributions to the UK’s historic motoring and motorsport industries at a gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019.


Continuing the Club’s rich pedigree in celebrating motoring accomplishments, the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards will 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 historic motoring movement. 


The nomination and judging process is central to the prestige and integrity of the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. With the exception of the Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award, category nominations will be invited from all corners of the UK’s historic motoring scene. 


The Awards will be judged by a hand-picked panel of independent experts consisting of some of the most highly-regarded individuals in their respective fields, each with specific in-depth knowledge of their assigned categories, making a win one of the most sought-after accolades in the industry.


The Royal Automobile Club has been at the heart of the motoring and motorsport world for over 120 years since its formation in 1897 and the Awards serve as a natural continuation of the Club’s heritage.


Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, commented: “The Club has a long history of rewarding endeavours, starting with the first British Grand Prix in 1926. We do everything for the long-term - witness the Veteran Car Run which is over a century old - meaning these awards will become an annual event going forward. Our independent judging panel is integral to these Historic Awards – each one is hand-picked based on their depth of knowledge and expertise in their field. All judges will base their decisions on a clear set of criteria so that candidates will understand exactly how each category will be assessed.


“This is a perfect opportunity for theClub to honour and celebrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists across this vibrant and growing industry. We are delighted to be partnering with Historic Promotions; Duncan Wiltshire’s team are true enthusiasts for all things related to historic motoring and motorsport and bring a significant degree of expertise and credibility to the awards”. 


Duncan Wiltshire, Chairman of Historic Promotions, said: “The Royal Automobile Club has the unimpeachable authority and integrity which is imperative for any awards programme. We are delighted to be working with the Club on this major new activity, which we believe will raise the bar for such awards and become a highly respected fixture on the motoring calendar. We are hand-picking judges who have a remarkable amount of experience across the categories and who can recognise excellence and appreciate outstanding talent.”


Award categories will be announced on 9 January 2019 and nominations for the inaugural Awards open on 20 March 2019.

The gala evening on the 21 November 2019 will see the leading lights from across the industry gather to celebrate and honour the winners in style at the historic Pall Mall clubhouse.


The Awards will complement the Royal Automobile Club’s current motoring activities such as the 1000 Mile Trial, the Regent Street Motor Show and the Veteran Car Run and join the renowned list of Club motoring and motorsport awards and trophies, which include the Dewar Trophy the Segrave Trophy, the coveted Historic Tourist Trophy, the Woodcote Trophy and the Royal Automobile TT Celebration, the jewel in the crown of the Goodwood Revival.

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