Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards Finalists Revealed

The Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards
The Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards - Restoration Finalist - 1939 Bentley Corniche

The Royal Automobile Club has revealed the finalists for the inaugural Historic Awards with the winners to be announced at a gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019.

Royal Automobile Club Historic Award Categories

Collection (Supported by Total) 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.

Competitive Event (Supported by Brewin Dolphin) 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) 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.

Outstanding Journalism This award will be presented to the author of what the judges deem to be the best written or broadcast historic motoring-related feature that has appeared in a British publication, TV/radio/film/broadcast media or digital platform the twelve-month judging period.

Personality (Supported by HERO) 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.

Race Series (Supported by A. Lange & Söhne) 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.

Restoration (Supported by Bicester Heritage) 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.

Collection (supported by Total)

  • British Commercial Vehicle Museum
  • Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
  • The Bugatti Trust

Competitive Event (supported by Brewin Dolphin)

  • Castle Combe Autumn Classic
  • Chateau Impney Hill Climb
  • Le Mans Start Silverstone (VSCC Formula Vintage Festival)

Motoring Spectacle (supported by Footman James)

  • Bentley Drivers Club 1001 Bentleys at Blenheim Palace
  • Bicester Heritage Super Scramble
  • Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace

Personality (supported by HERO)

  • Ian Ferguson, VSCC
  • Julius Thurgood, HRDC
  • Paul and Andrew Wood, P & A Wood

Outstanding Journalism – written or broadcast

  • Mark Evans – Inside Jaguar: A Supercar is Reborn, broadcast documentary, Channel 4
  • Doug Nye – Enzo, The Man, Magneto magazine
  • Nick Trott – Porsche 917, The Road Rat magazine

Race Series (supported by A. Lange & Söhne)

  • Classic Racing Motorcycle Club
  • Equipe GTS & Classic Relay
  • HSCC Historic Formula 2

Restoration (supported by Bicester Heritage)

  • 1939 Corniche – Bentley Motors
  • 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show Launch Land Rover – Land Rover Classic
  • 1967 Jim Clark Lotus type 38 Indy car – Nick Fennell & Classic Team Lotus


The beautiful Bentley Corniche created by Bentley Motors at Salon Privé

Now the panels – each led by an expert in that particular category – have the tricky task of choosing a winner from the finalists… A full list of judges appears on the Awards’ website.

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.

The winners will be announced at a gala evening to be held in the Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on Thursday 21 November 2019, hosted by TV Formula 1 and sports presenter Lee McKenzie. Tickets for what promises to be a magnificent evening are now available from the Awards’ website www.royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk.

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