Top Awards go to the Club

30th November 2023

The Club has secured two prestigious awards against stiff opposition.

The first was from the Octane Historic Motoring Awards held at the Dorchester Hotel on November 15 and was presented for ‘Club of the Year’. The key factor for this award was the MG and Triumph 100 event at Silverstone.

The second was the ‘Motoring Spectacle Award’ and was awarded on Thursday November 23 at the Royal Automobile Club as part of their Historic Awards ceremony.

In a statement it was said, “The Motoring Spectacle (supported by RM Sotheby’s) was awarded to an event which was a first-class example of collaboration between motor clubs. MG & Triumph 100 brought the two clubs together to celebrate their centenary at Silverstone. The judges stated: “To win this category takes more than just a great event, it needs to be something new, different or unrepeatable, and the centenary of two of Britain’s most significant sporting marques certainly won’t be happening again. This was truly spectacular, with close dices on the circuit juxtaposed against remarkably completist timelines of each marque, and a superb turnout of rare and significant models. A worthy tribute to a pair of great Britons.”

Receiving the awards on behalf of the Club were Event Director Michael Murkin and Lorraine Noble-Thompson (Vice Chairman). Lorraine said, “It’s a highly prestigious award and it was an honour to receive it on behalf of the Club – it recognised the huge amount of work that went into planning and managing the successful large weekend event.”

Michael added, “When I was asked to project manage the MG & Triumph 100 event at Silverstone, we never dreamt that it would lead to the MG Car Club being awarded both “Club of the Year” in the Octane Historic Awards and “Motoring Spectacle” in the Royal Automobile Club Historic Motoring Awards. The event which was organised and financed by the MG Car Club, was a collaboration between the MG Car Club and Standard Triumph Clubs, it celebrated the centenary of production for both MG and Triumph, but as we all know it takes a team of volunteers to organise a major event such as this, so I would take this opportunity to thank some of the main organising team, so thanks and appreciation to Lorraine Noble Thompson who organised the traders, sponsors and all communication, Philip Hayward who organised the ticketing and finance, Jim Andrews who organised our volunteers, Jeanette Howes who organised the Lifestyle Marquee, Ian Wright who organised the Social Marquee entertainment, Scott Munton who organised the camping, Noel Lindford who organised the California Cup, Geoff St John Mitchell who co-ordinated our two day race programme on the Grand Prix Circuit with our race partner Equipe Classic Racing, thank you to Andy Knott and our Kimber House team for their support, Dave Burgess and Phil Horsley and the team at the Triumph TR Register, Nigel Hill and Chris Gunby and the team at the Triumph Sport Six Club, Wayne Scott who organised the event marketing and compered in the arena, and thank you to the race marshals and the over 100 volunteers who marshalled the infield event. Without these volunteers we could not have run the event, and it is their assistance in making this an enjoyable and memorable event has helped us to win these two prestigious awards. This collaboration between MG & Triumph continues into 2024 with the Inter-Club International event at Malvern on June 28 – 30 2024.

Thanks to a private sponsor and attendees covering other expenses, the Club incurred no cost for attending these awards.