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Historic Motoring Awards 2018 – Nominations open!

Historic Motoring Awards 2018 – Nominations open! Classic and Performance Car

Nominations for the 2018 Historic Motoring Awards are now open. Find out more about this celebration of the historic motoring world, and how to take part here

Nominations for the 2018 Historic Motoring Awards are now open. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on 25 October at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. 
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 September 2017 and 31 July 2018. 
To nominate a company or individual for any of these categories, visit the Historic Motoring Awards website before the deadline of 31 July 2018, or 15 July for Car of the Year nominations. This year’s Awards will also feature three new categories, Breakthrough Event of the Year, the Vantage Award and Enzo Award, which are outlined below. 

The 2018 Historic Motoring Awards categories

2018 Car of the Year

Perhaps it’s a car that has emerged from decades in hiding, has been the subject of an outstanding restoration or has been in the public eye during 2018 significant in some way their fascinating and unique histories with them. 
Once nominations close, a shortlist will be published on this page, and you will then be able to vote for your preferred candidate, because this category is decided by public vote.

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. 

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. 

Museum of the Year

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.

Personal Achievement Award

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

Restoration of the Year

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.

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!

Club of the Year

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.

Performance Car of the Year

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 that were launched between 1 September 2017 to the 31st July 2018.

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. The winner of this category will be the car built between 1 September 2017 to the 31st July 2018 that best honours the tradition of bespoke and continuation coachbuilding.

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. 

Breakthrough Event of the Year – New for 2018

There are many events in the classic car calendar that have been taking place for many years, and there are also some fantastic new events that have sprung up in the last few years, many of which have changed the face of the industry for the better. We want to reward the time, effort and bravery it takes to organise that new event and it’s these that we want to recognise with this award. If you have held or attended an event that is still new, and relatively small, but has really impressed you and others who attended, then we want to hear from you.

The Vantage Award – New for 2018

This will celebrate an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the world of Aston Martin. We are looking for someone who not only champions the brand, but lives and breathes it and has made waves in making it what it is today. This could be someone new to Aston Martin, or someone who has been working with the brand for years, but we want to hear from you, the readers, as to who this should be.

The Enzo Award – New for 2018

As above, this brand new award will celebrate an individual, but one who has made an impact in the world of Ferrari. We are looking for someone who not only champions the brand, but lives and breathes it and has made waves in making it what it is today. This could be someone new to Ferrari, or someone who has been working with the brand for years, but we want to hear from you, the readers, as to who this should be.

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