The International Historic Motoring Awards recently named the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum “Museum of the Year” for 2011-2012 before an audience of racing legends, celebrities, collectors and industry heads.
Over 210 people attended the awards ceremony at the stunning St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, for drinks reception, sit-down meal and awards presentation, hosted by ex-F1 driver and current F1 TV commentator Martin Brundle.
The judging panel included such noted figures as TV host Jay Leno, vintage car racer and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Pebble Beach Chief Judge Ed Gilbertson, five times Le Mans winner Derek Bell and Lady Susie Moss, wife of racing icon Sir Stirling Moss, among others.
They announced the results at a black-tie ceremony at London’s Renaissance Hotel at St. Pancras on November 16th.
The other museums that considered were the National Motor Museum of England and the Jaguar Heritage Museum in the UK, the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, and the Auto Museum Prototype in Germany. Also receiving an award that night was Sir Stirling Moss for his lifetime achievement in motorsports.
Other notables on the judging committee included, Horst Bruning, president of the International Federation of Veteran Automobiles, Ian Callum, design director of Jaguar Cars, Duncan Wiltshire, Chairman of Motor Racing Legends, Robert Coucher, international editor of Octane magazine, Peter Stevens, designer of McLaren F1, and Simon Kidston, international car consultant and commentator.