Britain’s RAC launches historic awards program

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1934 Triumph Dolomites on display at RAC's elegant Pall Mall clubhouse | RAC photo

The Royal Automobile Club has announced the introduction of new and annual awards “to recognize excellence and outstanding contributions to the UK’s historic motoring and motorsports industries.” The inaugural awards will be presented November 21, 2019, at a gala at the club’s Pall Mall clubhouse.

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“The Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards will reward achievement and innovation by highlighting and celebrating the wide range of companies, clubs, events, associations and individuals responsible for influencing and driving the British historic motoring movement,” the RAC said.

Founded in 1897, the club “has been at the heart of the motoring and motorsport world for over 120 years,” it noted, “and the Awards serve as a natural continuation of the Club’s heritage.”

“The Club has a long history of rewarding endeavors, starting with the first British Grand Prix in 1926,” said Ben Cussons, RAC chairman. “We do everything for the long-term – witness the Veteran Car Run which is over a century old – meaning these awards will become an annual event going forward.”

The RAC said it will announce the various award categories on January 9 and will begin accepting nominations on March 20.

Britain already is the home to the international Historic Motoring Awards, presented each fall in categories ranging from best vehicle restoration, best car museum, best vintage race, etc.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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