Octane celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and to help mark the occasion we have presented three special awards.
Now in its 15th year, Octane magazine continues to offer superior authority, greater variety and, crucially, a passion for cars. As part of this year’s Auto Express Anniversary Awards, which celebrated 30 years of Auto Express, 20 years of evo magazine and 15 years of Octane, we presented three special awards.
Octane car of the past 15 years
When the Baillon Collection was brought to light by auction house Artcurial in 2015, Octane called it the barn find of the Century. 100 cars stashed away for decades in France, many of which were rare or valuable. The most spectacular of all was the 1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spider – one of the rarest and most desirable cars ever built and without question the car of the past 15 years. It needed a visionary to take it on and it got one.
Octane Company of the past 15 years
Established in 1993, Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth made its name by offering no-compromise restorations that never fell short of perfection. Now offering cars for sale too, CMC occupies 60,000sq ft of premises. But what makes this company stand out above the rest? In 2015 CMC launched a its industry-leading apprenticeship scheme, designed to preserve the unique skills required to work on and maintain classic and vintage cars. The company has operated as an Employee Owned Trust since 2016 too, after chairman (and renowned classic car collector) Peter Neumark transferred his majority shareholding into a trust benefiting the staff.
Octane person of the past 15 years
The Duke of Richmond might have founded the Revival and Festival of Speed more than 15 years ago, he has continued to cause seismic shifts in the motoring entertainment industry throughout Octane’s time. World renowned for its ever-more extravagant central sculptures by Gerry Judah, the Festival has since 2010 included the Moving Motor Show and there have also been changes at the Motor Circuit where the Revival Meeting has changed the face of historic motorsport forever from 1998. In 2014, The Duke of Richmond brought back to life the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, a tradition that had originally died out in 1966.