The Royal Automobile Club was awarded the FIA Founding Members’ Club Heritage Cup for 2015 on Friday 4 December at the FIA prize giving ceremony hosted at the famous Lido, on the stunning Champs-Élysées in Paris.
The Club received the award for the 1000 Mile Trial, an historic event run in partnership with HERO Events, which attracted some of the world’s most evocative cars from the 1920s and 1930s including Bentley, Bugatti and Alfa Romeo. The five day challenge, over wonderful driving roads and visiting some uniquely British stately homes, started and finished at the Club’s Woodcote Park clubhouse in Epsom, Surrey last July.
Motoring Committee Chairman Peter Read collected the award with HERO Chairman Tomas de Vargas Machuca and HERO Managing Director Patrick Burke. Peter Read said: ‘The 1000 Mile Trial has received many accolades since it returned to the international calendar in 2014 and we are delighted to have won the FIA’s FMC Heritage Cup’.
The original 1000 Mile Trial was organised by the Royal Automobile Club back in 1900 and was created to show a sceptical public that the automobile could become a viable means of transport for the future. The event was won by Charles Rolls who went on to found Rolls-Royce. In 2014, the Royal Automobile Club revived the 1000 Mile Trial with HERO Events. The event caught the imagination of competitors and the public alike, going on to win the Rally of the Year award at the 2014 International Historic Motoring Awards and repeating this achievement in 2015.
The FIA Founding Members’ Club Heritage Cup is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding effort or achievement in an automobile-related capacity from a historical perspective. It is the second time the Royal Automobile Club has collected this award, winning in 2010 for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The FIA prize-giving is one of the year’s most anticipated events within motorsport. Winners from all the FIA Championships attended the star-studded evening including Lewis Hamilton OBE who collected his award for a third Formula 1 World Championship.
The 1000 Mile Trial has rapidly become a ‘must do’ event for Pre-War vehicle owners – any automobile registered prior to 1940 is eligible. As well as being a premier reliability trial, it also features speed tests off the public highways and hill climbs, plus a superb social element with stunning hotels, stately homes, museums and gems of British culture. The Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial will return once again on 11-16 July 2016.
Source. Newspress/Royal Automobile Club