2022 Categories

The Historic Motoring Awards 2022 are now open for entry. The deadline for entries is 31st August 2022.

We're pleased to announce seven new awards this year!

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 21 categories available to enter, with the 22nd 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.


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 2022 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.

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We know that many people in the classic car world take superb photos as hobbyists and we would like to acknowledge them with this award. ‘Amateur’ means anyone who has not been paid to work as a photographer or been paid for individual photos and the category is open to everything from events such as Goodwood to photoshoots of individual cars. Photographers must submit a minimum of one and a maximum of five images, along with a description for the image(s) and the winner will be decided by a public vote.

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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.

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When off-the-peg just won’t do, these companies or individuals 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 July 2021 and 31st August 2022 that best honours the tradition of bespoke and continuation coachbuilding.
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The Best Use of Social Media Award recognises outstanding campaigns that leverage social media channels to engage with audiences in new and innovative ways. Successful entries will show the judges how a particular campaign, from a business or individual, has delivered tangible results furthering their brand and increasing engagement and awareness of the historic motoring world.

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This award recognises an individual or business from the classic car industry that has embodied the passion, professionalism, integrity, dedication and ‘going the extra mile’ for the international historic motoring world. Nominations for those who have used their status or events to ‘give back’ to the classic car world, or to contribute significantly to charity are especially encouraged.

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The 2022 Club of the Year will be the one that the judges feel has done the most within 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.

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Our judges will not just be looking to automatically reward the glitziest concours, though naturally they are highly regarded, but will be awarding points according to which event best achieves its stated aim and engages its target audience, with bonus points for innovation. The concours must have taken place between 1st July 2021 and 31st August 2022.

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The ‘outside world’, in the form of companies, organisations, institutions or individuals whose core business lies away from the international historic car industry – but who still make a major contribution to the industry. The judges are looking for a truly significant contribution made to the international historic car movement in the past 12 months.

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This Award recognises the valuable contribution that manufacturers provide to our industry, whether through sponsorship, support, partnerships or events. The winning manufacturer will be the one that can best demonstrate how it benefits the historic motoring community and enables it to thrive.

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This category is open to entry for all motoring events from local club meets to huge indoor and outdoor shows. 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 1st July 2021 and 31st August 2022.


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After a challenging couple of years for the world of events, 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 1st July 2021 and 31st August 2022.

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The judges are looking for the museum or collection that has really stood out in the past 12 months. 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.

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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.

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Whether it be covering historic motorsport or creating the fabulous features in Octane, photography is absolutely integral to capturing the spirit and romance of the classic car world. For the purposes of this award, ‘professional’ means anyone who has in the past year been paid for any photographs that they have taken. Nominations can come from photographers themselves or from readers who have especially enjoyed a photographer’s work and the winner will be decided by a public vote. Please submit between one and five images, along with a description of those image(s).

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For this award, the judges are looking for a truly outstanding book, film, TV series or DVD published or released between 1st August 2021 and 31st August 2022. It could be an extremely well-researched biography, or a fascinating look at a particular era, marque, company or aspect of automotive history

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This award recognises the exceptional work of an individual or company. Self-nomination or nomination by a colleague or owner is welcomed. The restoration can have taken any amount of time, but must have been completed between 1st August 2021 and 31st August 2022. It could be a restoration of particular historical significance, one that has been completed through adversity, finished ahead of schedule, or an entire life's work.

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This award recognises the person, through dedication and innovation, who 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.

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An addition for 2022, this category celebrates an event, old or new, that has either been a breakthrough event for the industry or one that has been given a new lease of life. To be eligible, the event must have taken place between 1st July 2021 and 31st August 2022.

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This category is open to anyone who specialises in some element of the historic car world. Eligibility includes engine or race-car preparation experts, anyone involved in any of the myriad elements within that, such as coachwork, trim, suspension etc, plus insurers, oil or tyre suppliers, historic car transportation or storage specialists and so on.

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This new award for 2022 celebrates teams that have made a notable impact or achieved significant results over the past year. This award recognises teams that have overcome obstacles or successfully utilised the skills of all members of the team. The award is open to any business, manufacturer or club, and the judges will be looking for evidence of an outstanding performance this year and how, as a team, you worked together to achieve a common goal.

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