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The Octane Awards 2017 – Shortlist announced

The Octane Awards 2017 – Shortlist announced Classic and Performance Car

The shortlist for the 2017 Octane Awards has been announced. Find out who has been nominated here

There is still just time for readers to help select the winner of the most prestigious title – Car of the Year – in the 2017 Octane Awards, which will be held in association with EFG Private Banking on 15 November. To cast your vote, head over to the voting page before 27 October.

Car of the Year is just one of a raft of awards that will be handed over at a glittering ceremony at London’s Globe Theatre. The other shortlists are below for your delectation with the champions to be picked by a star-studded cast of greats that includes Jay Leno, Nick Mason and Peter Stevens.

Celebrating the best people, companies, events and much more from historic motoring world, this year’s awards will cover everything that has been great in the industry between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017. 

The 2017 Octane Awards shortlist

Steve Rider at the 2016 IHMA ceremony

Club of the Year – Sponsored by Footman James

The importance of historic car clubs and motoring associations cannot be overstated. Groups of enthusiasts banding together have ensured the survival of certain marques or models, raised the profile of and participation in historic motorsport, lobbied governments to keep legislation ‘classic friendly’ and, through events and other activities done so much to spread the word and to share the enjoyment of historic cars to the general public at large. 

The 2017 Octane Award Club of the Year will be the one which the judges feel has done the most in the last 12 months to further the cause for its membership or for the international historic motoring movement in general. For example, it might have held a series of exceptionally good events, grown its membership dramatically, or used its members and their cars to raise a significant amount for charity.

• Vintage Sports-Car Club
• Global Endurance Legends
• British Historic Kart Club
• Steam Car Club of Great Britain
• Benjafield’s Racing Club

Museum of the Year (private)

All around the world you will find car museums, sometimes in the most unlikely places. Some feature a wide range of marques and models, others are marque specific or niche in some other way, but all celebrate a rich automotive history. The winner could be a new or revitalised museum, or one that has done a great deal to preserve a certain car or cars, or to educate enthusiasts or newcomers to the movement or to help ensure the survival of skills which are invaluable for those in the historic car industry.

• Mullin Museum
• Petersen Museum
• Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
• Autoworld Brussels
• Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Specialist of the Year

The whole international historic motoring movement is kept alive by the enthusiasm and passion of the car owners and the skill and hard work of thousands of specialists across the globe. These specialists could be restorers, engine or race-car preparation experts or involved in any of the myriad elements within that, such as coachwork, trim, suspension etc. They might be insurers, or oil or tyre suppliers. They could handle historic car transportation or storage. In short, if your company specialises in some element of the historic car world, this is the category for you!

• Thornley Kelham
• Swiftune
• Envisage Group
• AC Heritage
• Rob Ida Concepts

Race Series of the Year

It takes knowledge and creativity to build and organise a historic race series or championship that thrills competitors and spectators alike, and it requires the talent of drivers and the commitment of owners to deliver a memorable season. 

• Historic 750 Formula (750 Motor Club)
• Pre-’65 Scottish Trial
• Historic Grand Prix Cars Association 
• Canadian-American Challenge Cup
• Historic Formula Ford (HSCC)

Motorsport Event of the Year

Historic motorsport events have flourished in recent years. There’s something for everyone, whatever era or type of car or area of motorsport you are interested in. Some motorsport events have evolved into headline making spectacles that draw fans from across the world. The Motorsport Event of the Year is for all competitive historic motorsport events anywhere in the world, from race meetings to trials and hillclimbs and stage rallies.

• Goodwood Members’ Meeting
• Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
• Race of Gentlemen
• Internationaler Grossglockner Grand Prix
• Bernina Gran Turisimo

Motoring Event of the Year

There are countless historic motoring events worldwide each year. These encompass everything from local club meets to international concours and a huge range of other events in between. Some are single marque, others are open to multiple marques. The judges will be looking for a truly magnificent non-motorsport, historic motoring event that has showcased cars and the movement at their very best. 

• Vintage Revival Montlhéry
• The Concours of Elegance
• CarFest
• Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia
• Concours on the Avenue

Rally of the Year

This category is for road events of any length and in any location that have a distinct competitive element. These events should not necessarily require the participants to have a race or rally licence to take part but they must be competitive and should showcase classic cars by demonstrating them to a wide audience; possibly one that has never seen such vehicles before.  

• RAC Rally of the Tests
• Targa Florio Classic
• Ennstal-Classic
• The Winter Trial
• Modena Cento Ore

Tour of the Year

When historic cars take to the road, they raise the profile of the international historic motoring industry – demonstrating the appeal of classic vehicles as they wind their way through towns and villages, or over mountain passes. The Octane Awards Tour of the Year category is for road events of any length and in any location, provided they are non-competitive. This category celebrates those wonderful adventures for cars and their owners, whether that be on local roads or off the beaten track thousands of miles away. 

• International Bugatti Meeting
• Copperstate Overland
• La Leggenda di Bassano
• Colorado Grand
• The Lamborghini Miura 50th Anniversary Tour

Publication of the Year

Historic car enthusiasts are never short of something to read or watch, with new books, DVDs, magazines and websites appearing every month. However, quantity doesn’t always equate to quality, and we’re looking for quality... 
If it’s a book, it could be an extremely well-researched biography, a fascinating look at a particular era, marque, company or aspect of automotive history. It could be published in large numbers or be a limited edition. Or it might be a new website that has really engaged enthusiasts, a magazine which has brought historic motoring to a new audience, or a DVD which brings motoring history to life. But it must stand out above all others.

• Colin Crabbe, Thrill of the Chase (Colin Crabbe, Dalton Watson)
• Peter Falk: 33 Years of Porsche (Peter Falk with Wilfried Müller, McKlein)
• The Le Mans Model Collection (Holman & Lemoigne, Porter Press International)
• Mille Miglia Portraits (Leonardo Acerbi, Giorgio Nada Editore)
• Jaguar E-type Six-Cylinder Originality Guide (Dr Thomas F Haddock & Michael C Mueller, Dalton Watson)

Industry Supporter of the Year

The ‘outside world’ – in the form of companies, organisations, institutions or individuals whose core business lies away from the international historic car industry – makes a major contribution to the industry. That contribution comes in many forms, including discounted products or services for owners of historic cars, the sharing of facilities or skills, or sponsorship or patronage of events.

• RAC Club
• Mazda
• Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works
• Mercedes-Benz Classic

Manufacturer Heritage Collection of the Year

Manufacturers are increasingly taking the lead in ensuring the future of our shared motoring heritage, acquiring, restoring and safeguarding the cars of yesteryear for the enthusiasts of tomorrow. This category recognises their efforts, and their generosity in sharing their collections with the public.

• Nissan
• Jaguar Land Rover Classic
• Mercedes-Benz Classic
• Vauxhall
• McLaren 

Performance Car of the Year (Under £100K)

Every year carmakers come up with clever ways to offer driving enthusiasts more for less, capitalising on new technologies to improve performance and handling. This category acknowledges their ingenuity, and the winner will be the car that delivers the most smiles per mile for under £100,000. 

• Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 
• BMW M4 Competition Pack
• Abarth 124 Spider
• Mercedes-AMG E63 S

• Ford Focus RS

Supercar of the Year – Sponsored by JBR Capital

The world’s supercars might only be attainable for a fortunate few, but their influence extends far beyond a small group of lucky owners. These are the cars that challenge accepted wisdom, redefine what is possible in automotive manufacturing, and capture the imagination of fast-car fans young and old. 

• Aston Martin DB11
• Ferrari 812 Superfast
• McLaren 720S
• Bugatti Chiron
• Porsche 911 GT3

Luxury Car of the Year

We live in a time of increased automation and mass production, with most cars built down to a price. We should tip our hats, then, to those manufacturers still crafting superlatively elegant and refined cars – regardless of the cost implications. 

• Bentley Mulsanne
• Mercedes S-Class
• Range Rover SV Autobiography
• Rolls-Royce Phantom
• Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Modern Bespoke Car of the Year

The golden age of coachbuilding may be far behind us, but a number of manufacturers and specialists remain committed to the idea of the bespoke car. When off-the-peg just won’t do, these companies are commissioned to create cars unique in appearance and specification – cars that stand out even in the most distinguished automotive company. 

• Atalanta 
• Outlaw Aurelia by Thornley Kelham
• Rolls-Royce Sweptail
• Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer
• Mini Madgwick by Swiftune

Personal Achievement Award – Sponsored by HERO

An industry is only as good as the people within it, and the international historic motoring industry contains some very good people indeed. This award is designed to acknowledge the individual whose personal achievement has made the greatest benefit to the international historic motoring movement within the past 12 months. 
• Allan Winn
• Corrado Lopresto
• Dan Geoghegan
• Les Edgar
• Duncan Rabagliati

Restoration of the Year – Sponsored by 21 Gun Salute 

Without the ability and creativity of restorers and the dedication of owners a great many cars would be lost forever. A truly great restoration requires a combination of in-depth research, historical knowledge, sensitivity, and a huge range of technical skills – and often more than a little ingenuity. For this award the judges are looking for the highest conceivable level of workmanship, applied to a vehicle of historical significance or importance. Provenance and originality are vital – this is restoration not recreation – a meticulous, comprehensively-documented restoration of a vehicle that has been returned to what it was in its glory days. The restoration may have taken many years, but it must have been completed in the last year.
• 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE by Pinin Farina (Peter Neumark/CMC)
• Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa x 2 (Corrado Lopresto)
• Ex-Gerard Larrousse 1970 911ST (Kevin Morfett/Historika)
• 1946 Fiat 1100 Spider by Frua (David Word / Carrozzeria Gatti Luciano)
• 1928 Bentley 4½ Litre Victor Broom Drophead (William Medcalf/William Medcalf Ltd)

2017 Car of the Year

Every year historic cars come into the public eye for all sorts of reasons. They might feature in a hugely successful film, or have played a role in a major public event. They might have been used to raise significant sums for charity, or achieved some other form of national or international recognition. They might have emerged from decades in hiding, bringing their fascinating and unique histories with them. 
• Ex-Nigel Mansell title-winning Williams FW14B

• Alfa Romeo Superflow

• Jaguar XKSS continuation

• Auction-record-setting Aston Martin DBR1/1

• City Concours-winning Frazer Nash BMW 328

You can cast your vote for the 2017 Car of the Year here

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by Richard Mille

Each year the Octane Awards organisers will honour an individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the international historic motoring movement. This award is to be made at the sole discretion of the Judges. Previous winners include Sir Stirling Moss, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Murray Walker OBE, Willy Cave, Dan Gurney and last year the award was given to the Bonneville Salt Flats. 

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