The Royal Automobile Club crowns its 2021 stars

| 26 Nov 2021
Classic & Sports Car – The Royal Automobile Club crowns its 2021 stars

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The Royal Automobile Club revealed the winners of its Historic Awards 2021 at its Pall Mall Clubhouse last night (25 November).

Classic Motor Cars’ impressive rebuild of Phillip Sarofim’s unique Aston Martin Bulldog was victorious in the Restoration category, and the Collection award went to Silverstone Interactive Museum.

The Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional proved anything but as it won Motoring Spectacle, while the judges decided that the year’s best Competitive Event was the Vintage Sports-Car Club’s Longstone Tyres Light Car Race (which featured in our October 2021 issue).

This capped a great month for the VSCC following its Club of the Year win at C&SC’s Club Awards on 12 November.

Classic & Sports Car – The Royal Automobile Club crowns its 2021 stars
Classic & Sports Car – The Royal Automobile Club crowns its 2021 stars
Classic & Sports Car – The Royal Automobile Club crowns its 2021 stars
Clockwise from top: Festival of the Unexceptional, Billy Earwicker and Adam Gompertz were among the 2021 winners

Among the individual awards, Reverend Adam Gompertz took the Personality category, while Young Achiever was presented to rising star Billy Earwicker.

David Tremayne scooped the Outstanding Journalism gong for Donald Campbell, the man in the shadow, and British Racing Drivers’ Club chairman John Grant landed the Lifetime Achievement award.

“I would like to extend a huge congratulations to John Grant, Chairman of the British Racing Drivers’ Club for winning the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club.

“John’s contribution to all types of motorsport and motoring has been outstanding and it’s a pleasure to be awarding it to someone that has played such a pivotal role within the industry.”

Classic & Sports Car – The Royal Automobile Club crowns its 2021 stars
The 2021 RAC Motoring Book of the Year Awards winners

On 3 November, the Club presented its Motoring Book of the Year Awards. The overall winner for 2021 was The Lamborghini Miura, by Simon Kidston and C&SC contributor Jon Pressnell, designed by another familiar C&SC name, Julian Balme.

Tipping Point by Andy Plumb and Joseph Figoni by Peter M Larsen and Ben Erickson shared the Motoring category spoils.

The winners in the Motorsport group were Mr Le Mans by Tom Kristensen with Dan Philipsen, and Delage Records and Grand Prix by Daniel Cabart and Sébastien Faurès Fustel de Coulanges.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to former C&SC editor Mark Hughes, while Tom Fryars landed the new Graham Robson Trophy for Best Debut Author, for The Rise of the Sidevalves.


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