Nominations for the 2022 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards close at 5pm on Saturday, 8 October – so you have just over a week to submit your suggestions for the best of the best in the British historic motoring and motorsport world.
The range of categories reflects the breadth of the historic motoring movement, and the Club is looking to celebrate cottage industries, grassroots events and individual endeavours as well as the ‘big names’ in this sector.
Anyone can nominate – companies can nominate themselves, their products or their employees, organisations can nominate their events or personnel, enthusiasts can nominate wonderful events they’ve taken part in or watched, individuals can suggest magazine or online articles, TV programmes or podcasts that they’ve loved – or that they’ve created. Nominations are free of charge and are made via a simple form on www.royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk
The eligibility period is 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022 and the winners will be announced at a gala awards’ evening at the Royal Automobile Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse on 24 November.
Nominations are invited in the following categories:
- Collection – recognising achievements within the eligibility period by museums large and small or by privately-owned collections.
- Competitive Event – this has a wide remit covering everything from race meetings and stage rallies to hill climbs, regularity trials, race series and even individual races.
- Innovation – created to reward initiative and creativity in the development of new products and services.
- Motoring Spectacle – for classic motoring events of all sizes, with no element of timed competition. Eligible events include concours d’elegance, tours, club gatherings and classic vehicle shows.
- Outstanding Journalism – for the very best print, digital or broadcast feature.
- Personal Endeavour – celebrating individual achievement within the historic motoring or motorsport world.
- Restoration – recognising the superlative skill, research and sensitivity to a vehicle’s history that makes a world-class restoration.
- Young Achiever – for those rising stars, aged 18-30, who are the future of Britain’s historic motoring industry.
One key element of the Awards is the independent, rigorous, expert judging process. Each category is assessed by its own handpicked, specialist judging panel with high levels of relevant expertise.
At the Awards’ evening on Thursday, 24 November, the Club will also present the Royal Automobile Club Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of an individual who has made a remarkable contribution to British motoring and/or motorsport heritage over many decades. Last year’s recipient was John Grant, Chairman of the British Racing Drivers Club.
The Awards are a continuation of the Club’s 125-year pedigree in recognising motoring accomplishments. Today, the Club presents a series of internationally recognised accolades, including the Segrave Trophy, the Torrens Trophy, the Simms Medal, the Dewar Trophy and the oldest trophy in motorsport – the Tourist Trophy.