With less than two weeks before the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery begins, this year’s National Car Club Awards, in association with Tourism Ireland are about to honour two giants of the motoring community.
Judges and organisers have decided to bestow two posthumous Special Recognition Awards to the legendary John Haynes, founder of the Haynes Manuals, and racing driver Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams.
The Judges Special Recognition Awards will be presented at a prize-giving dinner held on Saturday 23 March at the NEC alongside the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery.
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Awards Panel Chairman Lee Masters:
“In the past year, the classic motoring community has lost two giants. The judging panel were unanimous in their desire to see both John Haynes and ‘Whizzo’ honoured by the community they both contributed so much to.”
Over the course of the evening, 18 awards will be presented to UK car clubs and their devoted members, including these two honours. John Haynes passed away in February 2019 while Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams sadly died in September 2018 following a short illness.
Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams was a proud member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, bringing unfailing enthusiasm and dedication to his role as President (and latterly, Brand Ambassador) of the British Motorsport Marshalls Club.
Acquiring the nickname thanks to his flamboyant and entertaining driving style, Barrie’s career spanned more than 50 years and encompassed just about every form of top-level motorsport. Even after he retired from professional racing, Barrie still raced at historic and classic events as well as becoming more involved in the classic car club scene, regularly appearing on stage at both of the NEC shows to share his knowledge and anecdotes.
Practical Classics editor and awards judge Danny Hopkins:
“John Haynes’ immense contribution is multi-faceted and his legacy is permanent.
“John’s extraordinary gift to the owners of all cars, classic and modern… facilitating their ability to be self-sufficient cannot be underestimated. The Haynes manual is an icon… just like many of the cars, planes, ships and trains it taught us how to repair. John’s life in cars has also left us with another legacy. His creation of one of the world’s most exciting car collections, a collection he so generously shared with the nation at the Haynes International Motor Museum: it is his passion made metal.
“Add to all of this the fact that John was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, and you will understand why he will be so sorely missed by so many people. You will not find anyone who could say a bad word about him. In fact, I will leave the last word to Chris Scudds, Commercial Director of the Haynes International Motor Museum: “Whenever you had a conversation with John, you always walked away a couple of inches taller.”
The presentation of these awards is bound to be a highlight of the evening along with a short address from honoured guest Lord Steel of Aikwood, President of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, Member of the House of Lords and the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group.
Lord Steel’s passion for historic vehicles embraces many, latterly a Jaguar Mk2 and Morris Minor, and currently a Wolseley 1500 Mk3. He also enjoys competing in historic rallies with some success in the 1993 and 1994 Monte Carlo Challenge as well as the 1998 Winter Challenge. He is perhaps best remembered for competing in the 1998 London to Cape Town (Damascus to Cape Town) Endurance Rally in an Austin Gipsy with André Tammes – winning a Bronze Medal, Blue Riband and finishing 3rd in Class.
Supported by Classic Car Weekly and endorsed by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), the 2019 judging panel includes David Boyce from main sponsor Tourism Ireland and David Whale, Chairman of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC).
For the full list of finalists and to book tickets to the prizegiving dinner, visit www.nationalcarclubawards.com