2021 Categories

The Historic Motoring Awards 2021 are now open for entry. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 31st August.

Entry is completely free, and you can enter as many times as you want into different categories.

If you have any questions regarding your entry, please see our FAQs or contact us here

There are 15 categories available to enter, with the 16th being the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has performed an outstanding service and accomplishment spanning a career in motoring. This award will be chosen by the Octane team and presented on the evening.

Previous winners from the Historic Motoring Awards can be found here. 

We're pleased to announce the return of both the Concours Event of the Year, Motorsport Event of the Year and Motoring Event of the Year categories in 2021. We will be monitoring the situation across the world, and will review the validity of the categories as the year progresses.

2021 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 have achieved some other form of national or international recognition. They might have emerged from decades in hiding, bringing their fascinating and unique histories into the spotlight with them. All of these are great reasons why a car could be a contender for the Historic Motoring Awards 2021 Car of the Year, and we want your suggestions for cars that should be considered for the ultimate accolade.


Nominations for this category close at the same time as all others, but once those nominations close, a shortlist will be published on this page, and you will then be able to vote for your preferred entry. Uniquely, this category is decided by public vote, so nominate now and don’t forget to come back to see the finalists and cast a vote for your favourite.

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 1st August 2020 and 31st August 2021 that best honours the tradition of bespoke and continuation coachbuilding.

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 2020 Historic Motoring Award Club of the Year will be the one that the judges feel has done the most in the 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 through its members and their cars raised a significant amount for charity. 

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. The judges are looking for a truly significant contribution made to the international historic car movement in the last 12 months.

Motorsport Event of the Year

Historic motorsport events have flourished in recent years, so to have the entire calendar decimated in 2020 was hugely frustrating for the entire industry as well as eager racers and spectators. Of course, that just mean that as soon as restrictions were lifted, people were chomping at the bit to get back out there. And now, thankfully, it’s like it never stopped. The Motorsport Event of the Year welcomes back all competitive historic motorsport events, festivals and series anywhere in the world, from race meetings to trials and hillclimbs and stage rallies. To be eligible they must have taken place between 1 September 2020 and the 31 August 2021.

Personal Achievement

An industry is only as good as the people within it, and the international historic motoring industry contains some great people. This award is designed to acknowledge the individual whose personal achievement has provided the greatest benefit to the international historic motoring movement within the past 12 months. The winner of this award could be anyone working in the industry; for example, a restorer, club official, motorsport competitor, engineer, event organiser, writer or museum curator. But their achievement must be truly significant. Nominations for this award are invited from historic motoring enthusiasts you do not need to be involved in the industry to nominate in this category.

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 between 1st August 2020 and 31st August 2021.

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!

Apprentice of the Year

Open to apprentices within specialist businesses in the classic car world or the schemes and bodies that are helping to train the next generation. One outstanding individual will be rewarded for their skills and dedication.

Classic Car Ambassador of the Year

Based on nominations from readers/enthusiasts following a social media campaign, this award will recognise an individual or business from the classic car industry that has embodied the values of the hobby and upheld or improved the standing of it via their passion, professionalism, integrity, dedication and ‘going the extra mile’.

Concours Event of the Year

While many associate the word Concours solely with the elite of the classic car world and conjure images of Pebble Beach or Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court, it is actually far more democratic than that. From club concours to those that wilfully celebrate the ordinary or dilapidated, this is a huge playing field populated by thousands of players. Our judges will not just be looking to automatically reward the glitziest concours, though naturally they are highly regarded, but will be awarding points on which best achieves its stated aim and engages its target audience, with bonus points for innovation. The concours must have taken place between 1 September 2020 and the 31 August 2021.

Motoring Event of the Year

There are countless historic motoring events worldwide each year. These encompass everything from local club meets to huge indoor (and outdoor) shows, motor-sport meetings, plus 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 historic motoring event that has showcased cars and the movement at their very best. To be eligible the event must have taken place between 1 September 2020 and the 31 August 2021.


Museum or Collection of the Year

All round 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 judges are looking for the museum or collection – it could be a new or revitalised facility, a manufacturer’s heritage fleet or a privately owned collection, as long as it is accessible to the public – that has really stood out in the 12 months, or one that has done a great deal to preserve a certain car or cars, to educate enthusiasts or newcomers to the movement or to help ensure the survival of skills that are invaluable for those in the historic car industry. If you represent a museum, tell us why you think it deserves this award.

Publication of the Year

Historic car enthusiasts are never short of something to read or watch with new books and films appearing every month. For this award, the judges are looking for a truly outstanding book, film, TV series or DVD published or released between between 1st August 2020 and 31st August 2021. 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 or released to large numbers or be a limited edition. But it must stand out above all others.

Rising Star Award

A new generation is bursting through into the classic car world, shaking it up and taking it to a new level with original concepts and ideas that appeal to both existing enthusiasts and brand new converts. This award is for the young turks and the old dogs learning new tricks alike, and recognises the person, scheme or business that through dedication and innovation has most come to the fore of the historic motoring world in the past year. This award honours the people who are now shaping the future of the past as this precious baton is passed on.