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Allan Winn Awarded RAC Lifetime Achievement Award

22 November 2019

Vice President and former Director & CEO of Brooklands Museum Allan Winn, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Royal Automobile Club’s inaugural Historic Awards.

The RAC's Historic Awards are a new set of annual accolades recognising excellence and outstanding contributions to the UK’s historic motoring and motorsport industries. The Club has been at the heart of the motoring world since its formation in 1897, and the Historic Awards are a natural continuation of its rich heritage. The winners of the Awards were announced at a gala dinner at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall on 21st November.

Some of the other categories and winners included the Chateau Impney Hill Climb (competitive event), The Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace (motoring spectacle) and Paul and Andrew Wood (personality).

Allan will be known to many through his outstanding achievements at Brooklands which included being part of the team that helped to raise funds to buy the 24-litre Napier-Railton, securing the acquisition of many aircraft including the VC10 and Concorde and in 2017, the completion of the Aircraft Factory and re-opening of the Finishing Straight. Prior to this, he was a motoring and aviation journalist, has driven and competed in an array of vintage and historic cars for more than half a century and was a Director of the Vintage Sports Car Club for 17 years. Allan’s contributions to the world of historic motoring - he is an active race marshal and a regular judge at concours including Pebble Beach - and to Brooklands continue to this day, following his appointment as the Museum’s first Vice President in 2018.

Jeremy Vaughan, Head of Motoring at the Royal Automobile Club commented: “Tonight’s inaugural Historic Awards continued the Club’s extensive history of celebrating the achievements of pioneers and champions of their industry. The Club congratulates not only our deserved winners but each of the category finalists too. Furthermore, I would like to recognise the Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Allan Winn who transformed Brooklands into what is now a remarkable destination with exhibits and attractions that could only be dreamt of 15 years ago.”