Nominations are rolling in for the 2022 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards and, with entries closing on 8th October, there’s still time for those professionally involved in the British historic motoring scene to have their say in the Club’s annual recognition of outstanding achievements in this sector. Input from the general public is also vital, so nominations are also invited from classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts and fans of historic motorsport.
Candidates can nominate themselves or nominate a third party that they believe deserves recognition. The Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards are free to enter, with nominations made through a simple online form at www.royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk
The Club’s Chairman, Ben Cussons, said: “This is the fourth year of the Awards, and we’re delighted with the quality of nominations received since entries opened for 2022. We look forward to building on the strong foundation already established over previous years, with nominees of an exceptionally high calibre and excellent winners. The Awards’ evening on 24 November at our Pall Mall clubhouse promises to once again be a tremendous celebration of creativity, skill, ingenuity, enthusiasm and expertise.”
The eligibility period is 1st October 2021 to 30th September 2022 and nominations close on 8th October.
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.
- Personality – 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, 24th 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.