Last night the Classic Grand Touring team attended the very glitzy International Historic Motoring awards at the Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras. The event was supported by Octane magazine and EFG bank so it was no surprise that before we had even entered the hotel we were greeted by the Lindner Nöcker lightweight E-type Jaguar, a GT40, the Aston Martin DB5 featured in the current James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ and a beautiful Bentley ‘Embiricos’ Special.
Many friends were in attendance including Jim Cameron of Mission MotorSport who works tirelessly to support service men affected whilst in duty. He was with ex-service man Gary Dunning who was seeing out his final day in the army. He is one of Mission Motorsporst real success stories and goes straight into full time employment at Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner’s ‘Base Performance simulators’. It was also fantastic to catch up with Derek Bell before he commenced with his duties of ‘master of ceremony’ for the evening. Derek was ably assisted by Duncan Wiltshire presenting the nominees and awards. And the winners were…. • Car of the Year – ‘Birkin’ Bentley • Lifetime Achievement – Lord Montagu of Beaulieu • Museum or Collection of the Year – The National Motor Museum • Motoring Event of the Year – Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance • Personal Achievement of the Year – Jeremy Jackson-Sytner and Graham Sharpe (Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance) • Restoration of the Year – Paul Russell & Co. for the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S • Motorsport Event of the Year – Goodwood Revival • Race Series of the Year – Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy • Publication of the Year – Inside the Paddock (David Cross) • Club of the Year – Aston Martin Owners Club Congratulations to all the deserved winners.