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Contenders announced for the coveted Torrens Trophy at Motorcyle Live

The Club took to the main stage at Motorcycle Live on Saturday 18 November to reveal the contenders for the coveted 2017 Torrens Trophy, won last year by MotoGP racer Cal Crutchlow for being the first British rider to win a premier class World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix in 35 years.

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2017 Veteran Car Run: David Corry

The Royal Automobile Club is deeply saddened by the death of David Corry, the driver of the veteran car involved in the accident during the Veteran Car Run on Sunday 5 November.

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Motoring

Blog: RAC Rally of the Tests 2017: Day 3

The final day of the RAC Rally of The Tests dawned with another crisp and clear morning to greet crews.

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Motoring

Race Day Hospitality for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Williams F1 Racing

On Sunday 12 November, more than 60 Club members visited the Williams F1 Racing HQ in Wantage, Oxfordshire, to watch the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Motoring

Blog: RAC Rally of the Tests 2017 - Day 2

Day two of the RAC Rally of The Tests dawned with a distinct chill in the air; this would be another long day in the saddle with 280 miles to be covered. The second day would also see us take in some new territory for the event as we entered the North part of the Lake District.

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Blog: RAC Rally of the Tests 2017 - Day 1

The first full day of the RAC Rally of The Tests lived up to its name, with five tests situated in the picturesque Cheshire countryside to start the day.

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Blog: RAC Rally of the Tests 2017 - The Prologue

Welcome to the start of what promises to be an epic RAC Rally of The Tests.

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Motoring

RAC Foundation: November 2017 - The Chancellor's Budget

It all happens in November. While the Club’s annual London Motor Week and bonfire night have both come and gone, the Chancellor’s Budget still lies ahead.

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Motoring

From the Bookshelf: November 2017 - The Club's Badge and all it Represents

The Club has just celebrated London Motor Week and in this 120th anniversary year of the Club’s founding, here are some literary references to the Club’s badge(s) – the clearest of symbols as to our identity.

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Motoring

Accident on the 2017 Veteran Car Run: Update on Thursday 9 November

The Royal Automobile Club is deeply saddened to learn that the driver of the veteran car involved in the accident during the Veteran Car Run on Sunday 5 November has died as a result of his injuries.

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Motoring

Members' exclusive tour of One Formula - Celebrating 50 years of Gordon Murray Car Design

On Tuesday 7 November, members experienced an exclusive private tour of Professor Gordon Murray's week-long exhibition at Dunsfold Park, celebrating 50 years of Gordon Murray Engineering and Design, which is to be enjoyed by the friends, colleagues and industry figures he has encountered throughout his career.

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Motoring

London Motor Week 2017 - The Full Review

Last week saw the Club present its annual London Motor Week, making us the focus in the capital for all-things motoring.

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Motoring

The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox 2017

Labelled as one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated motoring events, this year's Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox delivered a piece of living history as pioneering automobiles made their annual outing from the City to the Sussex sea front.

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Motoring

Accident on the Veteran Car Run: Update on Monday 6 November

Accident on the Veteran Car Run
Update on Monday 6 November 2017

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Motoring

The Sights and Sounds of the Regent Street Motor Show 2017

A celebration of motoring’s past, present and future awaited the visitors to Regent Street today, as the free-to-view Motor Show promised a little something for everyone.

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Motoring

The Art of Motoring Exhibition - Open Now

On Tuesday 31 October, some of Europe’s finest motoring artists gathered at the Mall Galleries, London, for a private view of the Art of Motoring exhibition – the largest exhibition of artists working in this genre in Europe.

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Motoring

The Motoring Forum - An insight into motoring, past and present

The Club’s Motoring Forum has become a favourite of the London Motor Week festivities, and it didn't fail to impress in 2017.

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Motoring

RAC Foundation - Data, Driven

The RAC Foundation’s 'Data, Driven' event on Thursday 2 November saw some sixty academics, analysts and policy advisers from Whitehall gather in the Pall Mall clubhouse Committee Room to share information on the latest motoring-related analysis and research.

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Motoring

Damon Hill scoops Motoring Book of the Year 2017

The entertaining and revealing autobiography of Damon Hill has scooped the Club’s Motoring Book of the Year award for 2017.

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Motoring

Dewar Trophy and Simms Medal winners 2017

Today (Wednesday 1 November), the Club proudly announced the recipients of its prestigious Dewar Trophy and Simms Medal for 2017 – Jaguar Land Rover and the HIPERCAR Consortium.

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Motoring

The London Motor Week Dinner with Jean Todt

The Club was delighted to welcome special guest, Jean Todt, to its annual London Motor Week Dinner in Pall Mall on Tuesday 31 October, where he gave guests a unique and personal insight into his adventurous life in motorsport.

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Motoring

The Motoring Lectures 2017 - The Finest Experts in the Industry

On Tuesday 31 October, the Club played host to a series of Motoring Lectures at its Pall Mall clubhouse in London, bringing together some of the finest experts in the field of motoring and motorsport.

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Motoring

London Motor Week - An Evening with Hans Stuck

On Monday 30 October, we welcomed former racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck to Pall Mall, marking one of 29 events taking place during the Club’s London Motor Week celebrations.

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Motoring

London Motor Week: Presentation of Intelligent Mobility in the Future

On Monday 30 October, the Club’s annual London Motor Week kicked off with a fascinating display of innovative design.

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Motoring

RAC Rally of the Tests 2017

On Thursday 9 November, the annual RAC Rally of the Tests competition got underway, leaving the start line in Chester, and concluding in Darlington, Harrogate, on Sunday 12 November. You can read the daily blogs and check the latest results and images by visiting the Club’s Motoring website and Twitter page.

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Motoring

Club Pit Stop supports Veteran Can Run 2017

Don't miss out on the action from this year's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Join fellow members and guests on the official route at the Fox on The Hill in Tadworth on Sunday 5 November, where the Club's Pit Stop gourmet food van will be serving a French-themed breakfast from 8.00 until 11.00am.

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Motoring

In the Rotunda - 'Nellie' the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

Today (Monday 9 October), we welcome the winner of this year’s Club Trophy into the rotunda in Pall Mall.

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Motoring

Shortlist for Motoring Book of the Year 2017 announced

Six superb contenders for the 2017 Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Award have just been shortlisted by a special panel of independent judges.

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Motoring

RAC Foundation - Introducing the 'T-Charge'

With question marks now hanging over the future of Uber in the capital, following Transport for London’s decision not to renew its licence (pending appeal), anyone tempted to drive their own car into the centre of the city needs to be aware of the introduction of a new charge, which the Mayor is introducing over and above the congestion charge – the Toxicity Charge or simply, ‘T-Charge’.

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Motoring

The Art of Motoring Exhibition 2017

The Art of Motoring Exhibition
The Mall Galleries
Tuesday 31 October to Sunday 5 November

Automotive art has developed to reflect the flourishing variety of artistic styles. The motor car is always the focus of the artwork, yet so much more is now incorporated as will be evident in the paintings exhibited in the Royal Automobile Club’s Art of Motoring Exhibition.

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Autumn Breakfast Drive-In 2017

More than 50 members' cars filtered on to the Cedar Lawn at Woodcote Park on Saturday 23 September for the final Drive-In of 2017.

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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2017

Sunday 5 November

At dawn on Sunday 5 November, people dressed in period costume will ceremoniously tear a red flag in Hyde Park and a sea of veteran cars will begin their journey from capital to coast.

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Regent Street Motor Show 2017

Saturday 4 November, 10.30am-4.00pm
Free to attend

A celebration of motoring’s past, present and future awaits visitors at the Regent Street Motor Show, which promises something for everyone. The show’s attractions will include displays of cars from the dawn of motoring, classic cars of yesteryear and modern day machines, including electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Not forgetting musical fun from the West End Kids.

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Motoring

Lotus Cars and Classic Team Lotus Tour

On Monday 18 September, Club members visited Hethel in Norfolk, the epicentre of Lotus Cars, where they were treated to a behind-the-scenes factory tour.

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Motoring

The Goodwood Revival's Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race 2017

The Goodwood Revival is one of the most popular events on the motorsport calendar and with several Royal Automobile Club members competing throughout the weekend, the Motoring Team was out in force to show its support.

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Motoring

Anniversary Rally to Maranello - 70 Years of Ferrari

To celebrate its 70th anniversary year, Ferrari invited 70 owners from the UK to join fellow drivers from across Europe on a special rally, culminating in Maranello, Italy – the home of the Prancing Horse.

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Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace 2017

Some say the Motoring Team has a knack of arranging for the sun to shine at Club events, and it certainly appeared that way for the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace last weekend (1 to 3 September).

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Motoring

Diamond D-types - Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the D-type's success at Le Mans in 1957

On Thursday 31 August, the Cedar Lawn at Woodcote Park was graced by some of the most prestigious cars in the history of motorsport. Club members and their guests joined us to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the Jaguar D-type’s legendary finish at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1957, which is still regarded as one of British motorsport’s greatest achievements.

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RAC Foundation - Sir Greg’s Bill to ‘rein in the worst excesses of the private parking firms’

An MP is finally attempting to tackle a problem that millions of drivers had hoped to see the government solve: rein in the worst excesses of the private parking firms.

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Motoring

RAC Foundation - Transport Tribulations

Transport Tribulations

Here we have it; the latest version of the government’s strategy to tackle poor air quality caused by transport.

Running to 103 pages – not forgetting an accompanying technical report of 155 pages – the policy document is long on words but arguably short on concrete, cost-effective ideas on how to solve the problem.

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Summertime Consistency Trial 2017 - The Results

Yesterday the Club hosted the final Consistency Trial of 2017, and the fight for first was certainly a close one!

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Motoring

Karting and the Grand Prix in the Motor House

Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton raised the Club’s British Grand Prix Trophy at his home circuit this weekend and, for those not able to witness the magic in person, we welcomed members to enjoy the race within the historic surroundings of the Motor House at Woodcote Park.

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1000 Mile Trial 2017 - The Results

This year’s Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial reached an epic climax, as more than 100 competitors made their way from Winchester to Woodcote Park for the traditional final leg of the run.

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See history in the making at 'F1 Live' in the heart of London

Formula 1 cars will take over the streets of central London on the evening of Wednesday 12 July, to celebrate a new era in Formula 1 and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend.

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RAC Foundation - July 2017

Unravelling the costs of car insurance

Given the sheer number of questions would-be drivers have to answer when applying for cover, it is clear that the formula for calculating a car insurance quote is a complex one.

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The 1000 Mile Trial 2017

This year, the Royal Automobile Club’s 1000 Mile Trial will take place from Monday 10 to Friday 14 July.

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The Motoring Forum 2017

The Club’s Motoring Forum has become a favourite of the London Motor Week festivities and, this year, will take place on Thursday 2 November at the Pall Mall clubhouse.

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Motoring

Barry Sheene Dinner

To mark the 40th anniversary of his final World Championship win in 1977, the Club hosted a celebration dinner on 28 June, to celebrate the fast-paced life of the one and only Barry Sheene MBE. Stars and teammates of the 1970s joined us in Pall Mall, along with members of Barry’s family and a handful of the star motorcycle racing figures of today, to hear some of the cheerful and inspiring stories surrounding the double World Champion’s successful career.

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Emerson Fittipaldi Dinner

On 27 June, the Club was delighted to welcome the legendary Emerson Fittipaldi to Pall Mall, where members and their guests were able to feast their eyes on the new EF7 Vision Gran Turismo track car and gain a personal insight into the racer’s successful career, as well as his new adventure in the automotive industry.

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Motoring

Midsummer Drive-In 2017

Club members were convinced we had cunningly planned for this year’s Midsummer Drive-In to fall on the hottest day of the year and, while we can’t take full credit for this well-timed coincidence, we were just as delighted as you.

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Motor Sport Hall of Fame 2017

Four greats of the motor racing world were inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame during a star-studded awards ceremony at the Club’s Woodcote Park clubhouse on Wednesday 7 June.

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Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace

Saturday 2 September
9.00am-6.00pm

The annual Concours of Elegance event returns to the stunning surroundings of Hampton Court Palace this year where, once again, members will be allowed the privilege of displaying their vehicles within the heart of the event.

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Spring Breakfast Drive-In 2017

Last weekend’s Spring Breakfast Drive-In was a sure sign that the British summer has officially arrived.

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Le Mans Dinner and Film Night 2017

It’s not every day you encounter previously unseen footage of one of the world’s greatest film stars and his ambition to achieve his ultimate goal – and what a touching experience it was.

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Speakers announced for Motoring Lectures 2017

On Tuesday 31 October 2017, the Club will host a series of Motoring Lectures at its Pall Mall clubhouse in London, bringing together some of the finest experts in the field of motoring and motorsport.

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Mansell Magic

1992 Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell made a three-day visit to Woodcote Park last week.

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Spring Lamb Consistency Trial 2017

Yesterday (4 May) saw the Club host its first Consistency Trial of 2017, and what a blast our members had!

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Billy Monger

Following a much-publicised accident over the Easter weekend, the Club sends its best wishes to 17-year-old Formula 4 racing driver Billy Monger.

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Drive-In Cinema 2017

Thursday 20th April saw the Club host its first-ever Drive-In Cinema at Woodcote Park; and what a success it was!

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Toyota Secures Tourist Trophy in 2017

The race to win the Club's legendary Tourist Trophy was held at Silverstone last weekend (15-16 April) and the trio of drivers competing in Toyota Gazoo Racing's TS050 Hybrid #8 lifted the accolade in the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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British Touring Car Championship Dinner 2017

To celebrate the start of a yet another record-breaking season, the Club hosted a special dinner in Pall Mall for members to get up and close to the stars of the British Touring Car Championship.

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Listen Now: Podcast with Anthony Davidson

Now available to download

The Tourist Trophy is up for grabs once again. We look ahead to the World Endurance Championship's 6 Hours of Silverstone with Anthony Davidson.

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Listen Now: Podcast with Tiff Needell

Now available to download

The 2017 Formula 1 World Championship is underway. We explore the season ahead with Tiff Needell.

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Members Drive the Aston Martin DB11

On Wednesday 8 March members of the Club visited Aston Martin at its Gaydon headquarters.

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Review of Brooklands Museum Visit

On Thursday 2 February, Club members met at Woodcote Park for lunch before embarking on a guided tour at Brooklands Museum, Surrey.

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John Surtees CBE 1934-2017

It is with great sadness that the Club has learned of the passing of John Surtees CBE.

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MotoGP Racer Cal Crutchlow Wins Torrens Trophy

24 January 2017

Cal Crutchlow has been awarded the Club’s coveted Torrens Trophy for being the first British rider to win a premier class World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix in 35 years.

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Triumph TR2 Car in the Rotunda

Pall Mall, Rotunda

Arguably the most significant Triumph sports car of all time, the Triumph TR2 'Jabbeke' is on view in the rotunda from today until Sunday.

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Listen Now: Podcast with Tom Kristensen

Now Available to Download

In our first podcast for 2017, produced in association with Motor Sport magazine, we talk to Tom Kristensen – or ‘Mr Le Mans’ – as he is known, in deference to his record-breaking nine wins at the famous 24 Hours race.

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RAC Foundation News - February 2017

An interesting take on tackling illegal use of mobiles at the wheel has been proposed by the Police Federation of England Wales which represents rank and file offices: confiscate offenders’ devices at the roadside.

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2016 MSA British Champions Announced

Saturday 28 January

FIA President Jean Todt and FIA Deputy President (Sport) Graham Stoker crowned the 2016 MSA British Champions during the MSA Night of Champions ceremony at Pall Mall on Saturday 28 January.

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Motoring Open Evening Review

Both newcomers and motoring veterans joined together in Pall Mall on Thursday 26 January for the Club’s Motoring Open Evening, to learn all about the plans for 2017 and how they can get involved.

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Motor Racing Legends Awards at Pall Mall

On Wednesday 18 January, Motor Racing Legends held their annual awards dinner at the Pall Mall clubhouse, with the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy among those on offer.

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RAC Foundation News - January 2017

It’s been a big couple of weeks in the world of potholes. First the Local Government Association (LGA) came out warning that the cost to clear the road maintenance backlog in England could grow to £14 billion by 2019.

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From the Bookshelf - January 2017

Club Librarian, Trevor Dunmore, gives us a taste of what lies on the bookshelves.

This month he welcomes the new Heritage Catalogue and gives suggestions on the archive's Tourist Trophy items.

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Heritage Motoring

Christmas Parlour Games and Motoring Quiz

Have some fun this Christmas with the Club's Motoring Quiz and Parlour Games. There is 'Cars and Ladders', a Motoring Quiz and 'Guess the Famous Motoring Faces', all you need to do is print at home.

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Video: 2016 Motoring Review of the Year

The Club wraps up 2016 with a video review of the motoring year at the Royal Automobile Club.

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RAC Foundation News - December 2016

A week ago shoppers were trying to bag a bargain as part of the Black Friday shopping extravaganza. They were at it again at the start of this week as retailers promoted Cyber Monday. The RAC Foundation’s interest is less about what people are buying but rather: how are they getting the stuff home?

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Contenders Announced for the Coveted Torrens Trophy

The Club took to the main stage of Motorcycle Live on Saturday 19 November to reveal the contenders for the coveted 2016 Torrens Trophy.

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In Memoriam: Peter Foubister 1953 - 2016

The Club is sad to announce that Peter Foubister, the Club Motoring Secretary, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday 18 November.

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Club Wins 'Rally or Tour of the Year' at the International Historic Motoring Awards

The Club has won the 'Rally or Tour of the Year' Award at the International Historic Motoring Awards for the 2015 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

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The Beaujolais Run Leaves Woodcote Park

On Monday 14 November, the Beaujolais Run made a stop at Woodcote Park on their way to the vineyards in France for the first Beaujolais wine sales of the year.

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Club Shortlisted for Three Awards at the International Historic Motoring Awards

The Club has been shortlisted for three awards across the ‘Motoring Event of the Year’ and ‘Rally or Tour of the Year’ categories at the sixth International Historic Motoring Awards, which will be held at the Guildhall, London on Thursday 17 November 2016.

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2016 RAC Rally of the Tests

In an event that spanned just over three days and 751 miles, the RAC Rally of the Tests has been won by Andy Lane and Richard Crozier in their Volvo 123GT.

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Motoring Past, Present and Future: Regent Street Motor Show

Hundreds of thousands of visitors attended the annual Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 5 November, a free-to-attend, family-friendly event celebrating three centuries of motoring. This year’s attractions included displays of veteran cars, classic cars, modern day vehicles and plug-in hybrids, as well as musical fun from the West End Kids, driving simulator experiences and stunt shows.

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Sun Shines for Veteran Car Run

On Sunday 6 November, almost 400 pioneering veteran cars took part in the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox, which saw thousands of spectators cheer on the participants and their pre-1905 cars in brilliant sunshine.

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Savoy Chefs Collaborate for London Motor Week German-Themed Dinner

To celebrate the German theme of this year’s London Motor Week, Club Executive Chef Philip Corrick collaborated with two of the UK’s top German chefs on a special menu for the Partners’ Dinner on Thursday 3 November.

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Listen Now: Podcast with Pat Symonds

Now Available to Download

In this instalment, produced in association with Motor Sport magazine, we capture the thoughts of Williams technical guru Pat Symonds.

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Highlights from the Motoring Forum

Back for its second year, the Motoring Forum once again proved a highlight of London Motor Week. Club members, industry professionals and even students from a London design college were all in attendance on Thursday 3 November.

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Live Stream the Veteran Car Run

For the first time, the start and finish of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox will be live streamed on YouTube.

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2016 Motoring Book of the Year Winners Announced

The Club is proud to announce the recipient of the 2016 Motoring Book of the Year Award, Brian Redman, for Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks. An award for Specialist Book of the Year was also given to Jonathan Wood for Squire: The Man, the Car, the Heritage.

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2016 Dewar Trophy and Simms Medal Winners Announced

The Club is proud to announce the recipients of the Dewar Trophy and Simms Medal for 2016 are Gordon Murray Design and Hugo Spowers and the team at Riversimple.

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London Motor Week Dinner with Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer

‘All I ever wanted to be was an engineer’, Dr Andy Palmer CMG told a captivated room of Club members and their guests at the inaugural London Motor Week Dinner on Wednesday 1 November.

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RAC Foundation News - November 2016

Drive-safe mode for mobiles? This week Tomasz Kroker made the headlines for all the wrong reasons following his jailing for ten years for causing death by dangerous driving.

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Winner of the RCA Vehicle Design Competition 2016 Announced

Yang Liu a talented young car designer from China has won the Royal College of Art vehicle design competition.

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Listen Now: Podcast with Dick Bennetts

Now Available to Download

In this instalment, produced in association with Motor Sport magazine, we speak to Dick Bennetts, who has helped a stellar list of racing drivers find their way from the junior formulae to become Formula 1 World Champions.

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LMW Regent Street Motor Show

Saturday 5 November
Free to Attend

A celebration of 125 years of motoring’s past, present and future awaits visitors which promises something for everyone.

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Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Sunday 6 November

At early dawn on 6 November, people dressed in period costume will ceremoniously tear up a red flag in Hyde Park. Marvel at the sight of more than 400 pre-1905 veteran cars taking part in an epic 60-mile journey from London to Brighton.

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Art of Motoring Exhibition

Royal Opera Arcade Gallery
Monday 31 October – Saturday 5 November

The Art of Motoring exhibition is back for its second year, bringing together some of the finest internationally renowned artists working in motoring.

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Woodcote Trophy Tenth Anniversary

A host of competitors past and present, race organisers and sponsors gathered on Wednesday 20 July to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy race series.

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1000 Mile Trial Returns to Woodcote Park

Congratulations to John Abel and Iain Tullie on winning the 2016 Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial, which finished at Woodcote Park on Saturday 16 July.

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