Win­ners of the UK’s 2016 his­toric mo­tor­ing awards

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

IN a break with tra­di­tion, the Life­time Achieve­ment Award in the 2016 In­ter­na­tional His­toric Mo­tor­ing Awards, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Oc­tane mag­a­zine and EFG pri­vate bank, went to a place and the events held there rather than to a per­son in Eng­land last week.

At a gala din­ner at Lon­don’s mag­nif­i­cent Guild­hall, the high­est ac­co­lade of the evening went to Amer­ica’s Bon­neville Salt Flats Land Speed Rac­ing, in trib­ute to over 100 years of in­spi­ra­tional achieve­ments in a unique lo­ca­tion.

Oc­tane pub­lish­ing di­rec­tor Ge­off Love said the Bon­neville Salt Flats have been the scene of in­nu­mer­able speed record at­tempts for over 100 years.

“I can think of nowhere else that has in­spired so many peo­ple to such a level, and this award goes to the place it­self and to all of those en­thu­si­asts who have en­deav­oured to take a minute, a se­cond or a frac­tion of a se­cond off a speed record there.”

Cel­e­brat­ing “the best of the best” in the in­ter­na­tional his­toric mo­tor­ing in- dus­try, the Guild­hall saw the good and the great of the in­dus­try come to­gether from around the world to dis­cover who had won the hotly con­tested awards.

A panel of ex­pert judges in­clud­ing for­mer World Sportscar cham­pion Jochen Mass, car de­signer Peter Stevens and Le Mans icon Derek Bell com­bined their ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise to se­lect the win­ners from a wide range of wor­thy fi­nal­ists.

The Petersen Au­to­mo­tive Mu­seum ( USA) took top hon­ours in the Mu­seum or Col­lec­tion cat­e­gory, fol­low­ing its out­stand­ing re­de­vel­op­ment un­veiled dur­ing the past year. The mu­seum’s chair­per­son of the board of direc­tors, Peter Mullin — who has been highly in­stru­men­tal in lead­ing the mu­seum’s grand re­design and ren­o­va­tion — was called on stage again later in the evening to col­lect the Per­sonal Achieve­ment award.

Two Bri­tish or­gan­i­sa­tions tri­umphed in the Spe­cial­ist and In­dus­try Sup­porter cat­e­gories, with Crosth­waite and Gar­diner scoop­ing Spe­cial­ist af­ter a year which has seen them un­der­tak­ing some very chal­leng­ing projects, while Bices­ter Her­itage topped 12 months in which it has de­liv­ered its con­cept to cre­ate the world’s first his­toric car busi­ness cam­pus by win­ning In­dus­try Sup­porter.

And an­other Bri­tish win came when the re­mark­able achieve­ments of the De Dion Bou­ton Club UK to cel­e­brate its 10th an­niver­sary were re­warded with the Club of the Year ti­tle.

RK Mo­tors in Char­lotte, U. S., re­ceived the Restora­tion award for their stun­ning and metic­u­lous restora­tion of P/ 1046, the GT40 that headed Ford’s fa­mous 1- 2- 3 fin­ish at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours.

And a metic­u­lous en­deav­our of an­other kind — the as­ton­ish­ingly de­tailed col­la­tion of ar­chive ma­te­rial in “Porsche 917 Ar­chive & Works Lay­out 196875” — se­cured the Pub­li­ca­tion cat­e­gory for Ger­many’s Wal­ter Näher.

His­toric cars out on the road or race track or tak­ing part in a rally or con­cours are a joy for own­ers and spec­ta­tors, and IHMA has four cat­e­gories to cel­e­brate this.

The su­perb Le Mans Clas­sic, which brought to­gether 550 cars on track, 1 000 driv­ers and 10 for­mer win­ners of the 24 Hours, won Mo­tor­sport Event, while the equally im­pres­sive Amelia Is­land Con­cours d’El­e­gance took top hon­ours in Mo­tor­ing Event.

One of the most fa­mous his­toric mo­tor­ing events in the world — Bon­hams Lon­don to Brighton Vet­eran Car Run — took home the Rally or Tour award, while HRDC’s Academy se­ries, which has brought a surge of new driv­ers to the his­toric rac­ing sec­tor, was first across the line in Race Se­ries.

Fi­nally, in the one cat­e­gory de­cided by pub­lic vote, the Louw­man Mu­seum’s splen­did Pe­gaso Z- 102 Ber­linetta ENASA Cúpula — which this year emerged from restora­tion to win Best in Show Con­cours de Sport at Amelia Is­land — was voted Car of the Year.

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Louw­man Mu­seum’s splen­did Pe­gaso Z- 102 Ber­linetta ENASA Cúpula, which this year emerged from restora­tion to win Best in Show Con­cours de Sport at Amelia Is­land, was voted Car of the Year.

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