Recognising outstanding achievement in motorsport
Motorsport UK recognises outstanding achievement in motor sport and endeavours to honour the best of British with a range of awards and events.
Motorsport UK Club and Volunteer of the Year Award
Your chance to celebrate standout efforts by the organisations and people who have helped keep motorsport alive through these unprecedented times
In a normal year, the Club and Volunteer of the Year awards are an opportunity to make some noise on behalf of the grassroots clubs and volunteers who keep the sport thriving and deserve particular praise for going that extra mile. This is of course not a normal year by any stretch of the imagination, but the motivation to celebrate the achievements of organisations and people very much remains and Motorsport UK is inviting nominations for these prestigious awards.
The Club of the Year has been awarded for the last 27 years with Clitheroe and District Motor Club winning in 2019 for its “work in ensuring safe and low-cost motorsport is available to all, regardless of background”. Winners before that included Enniskillen Motor Club, Southsea Motor Club and many others from across the UK.
Held for the last 17 years, the Volunteer of the Year award similarly rewards the hard work of the army of unpaid enthusiasts helping keep events running. Dave Read was awarded the Volunteer of the Year title in 2019 for his “work and tireless dedication organising the North West Stages Rally”.
In light of this year’s lockdown afflicted season, the categories for 2020 have changed slightly and will now comprise Club of the Year, Organising Team of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Community Supporter of the Year, with the last award open to nominations from family members or friends as well as clubs.
Club of the Year will be awarded on the basis of collaborative work with other clubs, shared best practice, opening motorsport to the local community and members alike, developing volunteers through training opportunities and going above and beyond in all areas.
The Organising Team of the Year award will be judged on application of Motorsport UK’s ‘Getting Back On Track’ guidelines, managing COVID-19 safe events for all participants and attendees and the successful implementation of social distancing and other measures.
The Volunteer of the Year will be decided on leadership skills, proven ability to overcome challenges, personal development and going above and beyond, among other criteria.
Last but not least, Community Supporter of the Year will be awarded to a member of the motorsport community who has inspired and supported their local community through supporting vulnerable people during lockdown, working on the healthcare frontline or supporting charities through this time of crisis.
Nominations close on 1st November 2020. For further information on the judging criteria and how to submit your entry please click here.
Motorsport UK Young Journalist and Photographer of the Year
Applications for the 2019 Motorsport UK Young Journalist and Photographer of the Year Awards close on Monday 9 November. Download the application form above to enter.
Established in 2002, the awards are designed to encourage the new generation of reporters and photographers working within UK motorsport. An expert panel will consider the applications, and each winner will receive a trophy at the Motorsport UK Night of Champions ceremony.
Night of Champions
The Night of Champions is Motorsport UK’s annual prize giving ceremony, where the latest British Championship title winners are crowned. This prestigious event is held at the Royal Automobile Club in London each January.
As well as the British Championship trophies, a series of special awards is also presented to recognise excellence across the sport:
- JLT Motorsport UK Club of the Year
- JLT Motorsport UK Volunteer of the Year
- Motorsport UK Young Journalist of the Year
- Motorsport UK Young Photographer of the Year
- RSF Motorsport UK Young Driver of the Year
- BWRDC Lord Wakefield Trophy (for women in motorsport)
- Motorsport UK Environmental Award
- Sir Malcolm Campbell Memorial Trophy (for excellence by a British individual or group)
- Hawthorn Memorial Trophy (for the highest placed British or Commonwealth driver in the previous year’s F1 championship)
Details of the 2019 award winners can be found here.
Motorsport UK Lifetime Achievement Award
The Motorsport UK Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honour bestowed by the Motorsport UK Board. It is presented annually to a member of the UK motorsport community in recognition of outstanding achievement over many years in the sport. The award is not limited to competitors or volunteers; for example the latest award was presented in recognition of over 30 years’ expert service to noise measurement in motorsport.
The Prince Michael Award of Merit
The Prince Michael Award of Merit is the highest personal award made by the Motor Sports Council.
The award is given to a maximum of two recipients per year in recognition of meritorious service to UK motorsport. Nomination papers are available directly from Motorsport UK and should be returned before the end of October each year.
Long-serving Motorsport UK officials who have completed their active service to motor sport may be invited to become an Officiel d’Honneur in recognition of their commitment to the sport.
Upon acceptance, this appointment will entitle them to various privileges, and their advice may be called upon to make optimum use of their wealth of experience across the various disciplines of motorsport.
Motorsport UK Environmental Award
The Motorsport UK Environmental Award was created to recognise a truly exceptional or outstanding achievement or contribution towards environmental responsibility and the active promotion of sustainability within motor sport activities, events and communications.