With nominations for the 2020 Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards closing on 14th October 2020, there are just a few days left to play your part in the Club’s annual celebration of the British historic motoring and motorsport world by nominating candidates across the eight categories:

  • Collection – for British-based collections or museums which have made a significant contribution to the historic motoring movement during the Awards’ eligibility period 1 October 2019 to 14 October 2020.
  • Competitive Event – including motor racing meetings, hill climbs, navigation and stage rallies, regularity trials, hot rod and drag races.
  • Motoring Spectacle – including concours d’elegance, tours, classic vehicle shows and club gatherings. As with Competitive Event, eligible events must have taken place within the UK or have had a significant part taking place within the UK. Virtual events and events held behind closed doors are also eligible.
  • Outstanding Journalism – for written or broadcast features in a British publication, broadcast media or digital platform.
  • Personality – for an individual’s outstanding contribution to the UK classic motoring/motorsport world during the eligibility period.
  • Race Series – for historic race series with a predominantly UK-based calendar.
  • Restoration – for restorations by UK-based companies which demonstrate both impressive technical expertise and a significant amount of research and sensitivity to the vehicle and its history.  
  • Young Achiever – for rising stars aged between 18 and 30 who are building their future in the industry.

Nominations should be made through the Awards’ website www.royalautomobileclubhistoricawards.co.uk. Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. 

Every category will be assessed by its own independent, specialist judging panel. Every panel will be headed by a Lead Judge, bringing a significant level of knowledge, experience and integrity to the judging process.

The Lead Judges are Alastair Clements (Editor-in-Chief, Classic & Sports Car), Steve Cropley (Editor-in-Chief, Autocar), David Lillywhite (Editorial Director of Magneto), Vanessa  Marçais (historic motorsport competitor and event organizer), Tom Purves (Chairman of Motorsport UK Council and a Vice President of the Royal Automobile Club), Simon Taylor (journalist, TV commentator and former Editor of Autosport and Managing Director of Haymarket Magazines), Ian Titchmarsh (motor racing commentator and Chair of Silverstone Heritage) and Jeremy Vaughan (Head of Motoring for The Royal Automobile Club).

StarterMotor, the charity which encourages young people to take up careers in the historic vehicle industry and to enjoy historic cars, is a new partner for the Awards this year, joining renowned German luxury watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne, centre of excellence for historic motoring Bicester Heritage, wealth managers 1762 from Brewin Dolphin, specialist insurers Footman James and classic motoring event organiser HERO.

The winners will be announced on 26th November 2020, when the Club will also present the Royal Automobile Club Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to British motoring and/or motorsport heritage over many decades. 

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