The International Bugatti Meeting (tour) and the Modena Centro Ore (rally) were among the winners of the 2017 Octane awards. Now in their seventh year, and formerly known as the International Historic Motor Awards, the honors are presented by the British magazine after a vote by an international panel of judges who are prominent collector car enthusiasts.
“As inclusive as a single-marque tour can be, this year’s International Meeting saw owners of Bugattis old and new travel together to Sardinia for a week-long road trip around the island, covering up to 170 miles each day and sampling the island’s best food and wine,” the magazine reported in announcing the tour of the year trophy.
“Historical sites peppered the route, which was a triumph; there was not an ugly stretch of tarmac to be seen.”
Of the Modena Centro Ore rally: “This fabulous coast-to-coast run covered 1,000 of Italy’s best kilometers from Rimini to Modena via circuit races at Misano, Magione and Mugello, not to mention a dozen exciting, closed-road hill climbs.
“Regularity and Competition class entries totaled just 100, with the cars carefully selected and Ferraris given particular prominence in the year of the marque’s 70th anniversary.”
Runners-up were announced in some of the categories. Among them was the tour competition, with the Lamborghini Miura 50th Anniversary tour receiving runner-up recognition.
In another tour and rally-related category, Leonardo Acerbi’s book, Mille Miglia Portraits, was selected as publication of the year.
“This mesmerizing book is built around the photographs of the late Alberto Sorlini and reveals the reality of the world’s most famous road race: dirty, brutally physical and inescapably dangerous – a furnace in which heroes were forged,” Octane noted.
Four runners-up were noted:
Thrill of the Chase by Colin Crabbe
33 Years of Porsche by Peter Falk
The Le Mans Model Collection by Holman & Lemoigne
Jaguar E-type Six-Cylinder Originality Guide by Thomas Haddock and Michael Mueller