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Awards and Loans

The Trust offers financial assistance to individuals or groups to carry through restoration or improvement projects to completion. The Trust also invites enquiries about sponsoring one or more Awards.

The Trust awards its premier trophy to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of transport heritage preservation in a specific year, or which has culminated in a specific year. The winner holds for a year a silver model of SS Great Britain, since the award was inspired by the achievement of Sir Jack Hayward in returning the vessel from the Falklands to Bristol.

Preservationist of the Year 2018

Association of Rootes Car Clubs and the Rootes Archive Centre Trust Our Preservationist of the Year Award this year is unusual in that it recognises the preservation not of a vehicle but of an archive of precious information and drawings. In 2002 the Chairman of the Association of Rootes Car Clubs, which had been founded in 1982, took a call...

This award recognises the achievements of young people (under the age of 20) in the field of restoration. The winner receives a cheque for £500.

Young Preservationist of the Year 2018

Tom James is 19 and an enthusiastic member of the 1995 Association, which received its own award for its Aveling and Porter engine, so this is somethingof a family affair. Tom has always been a fan of steam; even when the Aveling and Porter engine was out of action and no big steam was available he spent hours on the Mammod model engine and...

Restoration Awards

Apply for a Restoration Award
These Awards, shown in no particular order, specifically assist preservation projects that are underway but not completed. Applicants need to show that some progress has already been made, that there is a clear and costed future plan and a realistic likelihood of completion within 12 months of the application being made. Applications will assessed on the basis of rarity, technical historic or social significance, quality of workmanship, proportion of work being carried out by applicant, originality of design and materials. in addition The Trust needs to be satisfied that, after restoration, the item will be seen and enjoyed at reasonable intervals by the general public and that, as far as is reasonably foreseeable, the item is not destined for the market place and will be retained by the restoring owner/s. Infrastructure projects will not be considered for this award scheme.

Restoration Awards 2018

This year’s restoration awards were presented at the Transport Trust annual awards lunch, held at Brooklands Museum on Monday 4th June 2018, the awards being presented to the winners by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The winning projects cover a range of transport interests and are worthy winners. For details of this year’s award winning...

The Trust acknowledges that exceptional achievements are built upon and sustained for the long term by the ongoing efforts of a vast army of supporters and volunteers. This award recognises such long term dedication.

Lifetime Achievement Awards 2018

Robert Morley: A WWII motor torpedo boat caught Bob’s attention when he was a child and a seed was sown. Many years later he came across a Coastal Motor Boat, a WWI veteran 55ft long. It was sunk and derelict, but CMB 331 is now restored and displayed and at the Coastal Forces Museum at Gosport. Next came Motor Launch 293, even...


The Transport Trust makes loans to groups, associations and individuals at advantageous rates for the restoration of artefacts - whether mobile or part of the infrastructure.  Applications must be supported by a simple business plan which demonstrates the financial viability of the project. A sample business plan is available on request from the Treasurer.


The Trust does occasionaly make Awards for schemes which further the preservation movement. Again if you wish further information please contact the Treasurer.


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