Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards Release Categories

Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards
1000 Mile Trial - Image credit Francesco and Roberta Rastrelli at Blue Passion

The Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards have announced their categories.

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.

Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards
Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards – Image Credit Patrick Blakeney-Edwards Blakeney Motorsport Ltd

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.

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.

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.

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.

To learn more about the Historic Awards please visit here.

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