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The finalists are revealed: Shortlist announced for the 2021 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards

After lengthy deliberations between the independent panels of specialist judges, the finalists in the 2021 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards have now been selected. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall on 25th November, tickets for which are now available from the Awards’ website royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk

The 2021 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards finalists are:

Collection (supported by Footman James)

  • Great British Car Journey
  • Silverstone Interactive Museum
  • The Archive Room at the Morgan Experience Centre

Competitive Event (supported by A. Lange & Söhne)

  • Historic Formula Ford 2000 Association
  • Per Ardua Ad Infinitum
  • The Longstone Tyres Light Car Race

Motoring Spectacle

  • E-type 60 at Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb
  • Festival of the Unexceptional
  • Historic Rally Festival

Outstanding Journalism

  • Giles Chapman – Vintage milk floats have gotta lotta bottle (Hagerty)
  • Martin Port – Land Rover No. 1 (Magneto)
  • David Tremayne – Donald Campbell, the man in the shadows (Magneto)

Personality (supported by NET-HERO)

  • Dougal Cawley
  • Rev. Adam Gompertz
  • Richard Usher

Restoration (supported by Bicester Heritage)

  • 1955 HWM Jaguar (Brazell Engineering/Gregor Fisken)
  • 1961 ‘Veedol’ Lotus (RM Wilson Engineering/Simon Diffey)
  • 1979 Aston Martin Bulldog (Classic Motor Cars/Phillip Sarofim)

Young Achiever (supported by 1762 from Brewin Dolphin and StarterMotor)

  • Billy Earwicker
  • Karim De Mynn
  • William Heynes

Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club said, “These Awards are highly significant, not only as a continuation of the Club’s more than 120-year pedigree of recognising motoring accomplishments and as a celebration of the British historic vehicle world, but also because of the integrity and independence of the judging process. The Innovation award, new for 2021, received healthy entries but the judging panel decided they did not meet the criteria for this year.  We set the bar very high and are proud of the rigor that goes into the procedure. Across the seven shortlisted categories there is a wonderful breadth of finalists, and we look forward to whittling them down to the final winners.

The standard and diversity of entries was remarkable once again. It was encouraging to see live events coming back into the nominations, particularly given the challenges organisers have faced to stage them, and also heartening to once again see an excellent list of candidates for the Young Achiever award – the future looks to be in very safe hands. I would like to thank the judges for their dedication and expertise, and of course our enthusiastic Partners for their support and look forward to celebrating together at the Awards on 25 November!

As well as revealing the individual category winners on 25th November, the Club will also announce the winner of the 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 motor racing movement, across many years.

For further information please visit: www.royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk

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