Rod’s nomination comes following the success of the inaugural Hill Climb in July, which saw motorsport return to Droitwich following a near 50-year absence. He was the driving force behind the Hill Climb, which saw around 10,000 people come to Chateau Impney to watch a wide variety of historic and rare cars tackle our brand new hill climb course.
The International Historic Motoring Awards are open to historic motoring events, cars, publications and automotive clubs from across the globe. Celebrating the best of the best in the international historic motoring world, prestigious motorsport events including the Le Mans Classic and the Goodwood Revival have all scooped awards in recent years. Legendary figures such as Sir Stirling Moss and Murray Walker OBE have also been recognised at the awards for their contributions to historic motorsport.
This year, just five individuals have been nominated for the Personal Achievement of the Year award, one of the ceremony’s most hotly contested categories. We’re all hoping that despite the Hill Climb being in its infancy, the enthusiasm and feedback from fans will help us triumph when the awards are handed out on 19 November at an impressive awards ceremony in London.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for such a highly regarded award,” said Rod. “But this is also recognition for the whole Hill Climb team. We were bowled over by the success of the inaugural event, and we’re delighted to see that the hard work of everyone – from the marshals who gave up their time for free to keep everybody safe to the hotel staff that gave everyone such a warm welcome – is being marked by such a prestigious awards scheme.”
“When we launched the event, the Hill Climb team and I hoped that we could host something that Droitwich could be proud of, and being nominated for this award shows how we’ve been able to put the town on the map,” concluded Rod.
Other nominees at this year’s awards with connections to Chateau Impney include the Fiat S76, better known as the Beast of Turin. Nominated for the Car of the Year Award, the Beast wowed the crowds at 2015’s Hill Climb following a decade-long restoration process. The Beast made only two outings in 2015, making its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before coming to compete at the Chateau.
We can’t wait until the awards ceremony later this month, and win or lose, we look forward to celebrating Rod’s excellent achievement together!