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New Beaulieu One Hundred Awards recognise transport pioneers

Two outstanding contributions to the world of transport have been recognised by the National Motor Museum’s Beaulieu One Hundred club, with the first ever presentation of the Beaulieu One Hundred Awards.

At the Beaulieu One Hundred annual dinner, held at The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, a pair of bespoke trophies were presented by National Motor Museum Trust President Lord Montagu and National Motor Museum Trust Chief Executive Dr Jon Murden to the first two worthy recipients, who had each made colossal achievements.

The introduction of the awards, which will be presented every year, coincides with the National Motor Museum’s 50th anniversary, with the Beaulieu One Hundred club helping to support the museum in its mission to preserve the history of transport, while sharing its internationally significant collections to engage with new audiences.

Receiving the Beaulieu One Hundred Personality of the Year Award was Henry Pearman, for his contribution to the formation of The Historic & Classic Vehicles Alliance. While Jack Groves was presented with the Beaulieu One Hundred Young Pioneer of the Year Award, marking his achievement as the youngest person to ride a motorcycle around the world.

The awards presentation was attended by the President of The Royal Automobile Club, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, as well as the Beaulieu One Hundred members and invited guests.

Founder of renowned Jaguar E-Type specialist Eagle E-Types almost 40 years ago, Henry Pearman joined forces with a number of trade colleagues in late 2020 to establish The Historic & Classic Vehicles Alliance. Aware of the number of challenges facing the classic world, Henry and his fellow HCVA co-founders realised that there was no trade representation in government for this £18billion industry, which employs more than 120,000 skilled people. The HCVA sets out give a strong voice to those who protect the future of classic and historic vehicles.

With a second-hand Royal Enfield motorcycle and a burning ambition to circumnavigate the globe on two wheels, Jack Groves set off on his monumental journey in July 2019, aged just 21. He returned home 35,000 miles, 30 countries and almost two years later, having broken the record for the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle, by just one day. His incredible adventure saw him face torrential monsoons, record temperatures, security scares, a serious crash and nine months stranded in Peru when Covid lockdowns hit.

The trophies themselves are works of art and truly worthy of such great achievements. Henry was presented with the Formhalls Trophy, created by Formhalls Vintage & Racing Ltd, which was built around a con rod from a 1920s Lister stationary engine. Bead blasted, fitted with new bearings, and with a gudgeon pin employed to support, the con rod is fitted to a custom-made mahogany plinth. Henry also received an engraved aluminium certificate.

Jack was presented with the Marcos Trophy inspired by a design by Dennis Adams, the designer of the stunning Marcos 1800 sports car. The trophy employs five lengths of Marcos 1.5” chassis tube, welded together, painted in 1960s Marcos Light Silver Grey and mounted on a machined and oiled mahogany base. Jack was also presented with an engraved aluminium certificate.

Next year, the trophies will be presented to the new recipients of the awards, acknowledging more achievements in the transport world.

The Beaulieu One Hundred is a unique club, designed for motoring enthusiasts, collectors and specialists and open to just one hundred members.

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