The awards celebrate diversity and depth within the historic motoring industry and those who work within it, whilst the category rewards those who provide invaluable practical and financial support to the industry, in addition to a passion and enthusiasm for historic motoring.
Bicester Heritage was shortlisted against established and highly acclaimed brands in the Industry Supporter of the Year category, such as Jaguar Land Rover Classic, Audi Tradition, FIVA, RPM Foundation and the Credit Suisse Classic Car Program.
Bicester Heritage – sited at the best-preserved former RAF Bomber Command Station in the UK– has delivered the world’s first historic business campus for historic vehicle enthusiasts and co-founded the UK’s only Classic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship. More than 30 specialist businesses now populate the unique environment, which has helped to accelerate the transfer of key skills with more than 70 apprentices on the course this year alone.
Set in a prime location in the middle of England, Bicester Heritage has been perfectly restored to reflect its former glory, as everything from toilet facilities to fire buckets are in charming period style and the correct British Standard colours.
The awards were judged by renowned members of the motoring world, such as former Formula One driver Derek Bell, Pink Floyd drummer and historic car collector and racer Nick Mason, comedian and collector Jay Leno along with a host of discerning experts.
Bicester Heritage Managing Director, Dan Geoghegan, said: “It is a huge honour to win such a prestigious award, just three years since we embarked on our business plan. Everyone at Bicester Heritage is delighted to win this category ahead of some of the world’s best known brands. We have created a historic car business cluster with a country club atmosphere that is the future of the past.”
“The experienced judges have rated Bicester Heritage as the best Industry Supporter, which is a true testament to the ground covered since our foundation in 2013, alongside initiatives here such as the FBHVC Classic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship. This is just the beginning of our plan to create a global classic car destination.”