The Community vote has now ended and it’s time for the interview stage.
We are extremely grateful of everyone who has shown interest or voted in this years community vote for the Motor-Vision Awards 2018.
We received a record breaking 6898 votes in total. A huge thank you to everyone who voted!
The entries for this year’s Motor-Vision Awards opened on the 1st May 2018 and we have received a huge number of intriguing and unique applications. We are extremely grateful of everyone who has shown interest or entered this year’s Motor-Vision Awards.
A huge thank you to everyone who entered!
As you may know, entries closed on the 14th August 2018 and we have been working hard to review all the submissions and to shortlist applicants through to the next stage. A huge thank you to everyone who entered!
So now, with our shortlist complete, we now enter the Community Vote stage – time for you, the motoring community, to have your say on who you think should be in our final selection and fast-tracked into the Motor-Vision Awards finals.
Simply vote for your favourite project below and the candidate with the most votes will be fast tracked into the final judging stage, where they will be interviewed by a panel of expert motoring professionals.
Only 5 of the 7 shortlisted applicants will make it through to the interview stage, so your Community Vote really counts!
Below are details of each applicant’s idea and why they want to WIN the Motor-Vison Awards.
Take a look and vote now (one vote per person of course). You have until 11th September 2018, so don’t delay!
Chris Carter Racing | Chris Carter
Chris entered the Motor-Vision Awards to help fund his future disabled racing career and his long-term plan to set up an organisation which can support and nurture disabled racers much like himself and use his campaign as a springboard to raise awareness and provide support for future racing talent.
He is hoping to start his first saloon car race at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire this year. However, he is lacking in funds and hopes that the Motor-Vision Awards can help.
More about Chris:
Chris is 36 years old, has two children and lives in Evesham. He suffers from Cerebral Palsy but this has not stopped him from achieving his dream of becoming a racing driver.
So far, Chris who is aiming to become a professional racing driver, has passed the MSA Extended ARDS Test and gained his National B Racing Licence with the help of 1996 Formula One World Champion, Damon Hill.
He commented, “growing up I was always being told what I would never be able to do because of my disability but I’ve proven everyone wrong since I began my journey to become a racing driver. Now, I want my story to inspire other people like me to follow their dreams and not take ‘NO’ for an answer.”
Travel Bug – Fiona and Camilla
Pedro the Baja Bug entered the Motor-Vision Awards because he wants another adventure. He has reluctantly agreed to allow his owner, Fiona and her friend, Camilla, to join him on a drive around South America visiting every country on the continent.
Their journey will start in Columbia, they’ll drive south through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile to Tierra del Fuego, which marks the bottom most tip of the South American continent. From there they will turn north, driving through Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil. Venezuala is a trouble hotspot at the moment, so they will just duck across the border long enough to visit Mount Roirama, the mysterious mountain habitat made famous in Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’.
Then they continue into Brazil, across to Paraguay then North again through the Brazilian Amazon. From Northern Brazil they will duck across the Venezuelan border just long enough to visit Mount Roirama. Finally, after crossing Guyana and Suriname, they will reach French Guiana which will mark the end of their journey through every country in South America.
The journey will take them an estimated five and a half months. Ideally they will look at setting off around mid October 2019, to avoid the rainy season and tie in with some amazing local festivals. They plan to meet other VW owners along their route, including the former president of Uruguay who drove a Beetle to work through his entire time in office and donated his salary to charity.
Fiona too has raised thousands for charity through her various motoring adventures including landmine clearance projects in Kosovo, mine victim rehabilitation in Laos, Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital and the Parkinsons Society.
They will be visiting children’s homes, indigenous communities, women’s cooperatives and eco projects in South America so are sure to find some very worthy causes. They would also like to support a cancer charity as both their mothers were cancer sufferers.
More about Fiona and Camilla:
Fiona is the proud owner of Pedro the Baja Bug which she used to travel between the UK and Singapore back in 2009, so this journey would mark the 10 year anniversary of her last VW adventure. She has also driven a £100 banger from the UK to Gambia, competed in the Mongol Rally with a Nissan Micra and chased the Millie Miglia round Italy.
She is an experienced TV camera woman and Camilla is a stand up comic. They intend to film their travels to create their very own TV series, although the star of the show will most definitely be the car. Pedro the Baja Bug is a pretty cool car, a true go anywhere classic, but his real talent is in making people smile and finding new friends wherever he goes.
You can read more about her work and previous adventures by clicking here.
HubNut’s Electric Fox Mission | Ian Seabrook
Ian entered the Motor-Vision Awards with the dream of restoring a 1984 Reliant Fox but with a twist! He wants to fully restore the vehicle to its former glory and then convert it into a fully electric version. Once completed, Ian will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip to Greece!
The Fox was first sold in Greece so once the challenging restoration and conversion is completed, he will then attempt to drive the vehicle from his home in Wales all the way to Athens!
He hopes that the trip will help raise funds for lesser known charities and hospices.
More about Ian:
He is a motoring writer, editor and videographer, who loves to indulge himself into mad automotive adventures in hopeless vehicles!
Some of Ian’s previous projects include purchasing a 1990 Dacia 1310 in Romania and then driving it 2,500 miles back home to the UK. Another was restoring a Nissan Bluebird with a ruined head gasket back to good health. Yet another project of his was rebuilding a 2CV which was partially crowdfunded.
An Electrifying Leafy Green Tour of Britain | Lucy Rigley
Lucy entered the Motor-Vision Awards to treat her family to a UK road trip to teach them about the environment by stopping at some historic and environmentally friendly attractions in a Nissan Leaf, a fully electric 5-seater compact car.
These environmental and historic attractions could include but not limited to; Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Eden Project in Cornwall, Living Rainforest in Berkshire, Kew Gardens in London, National Botanic Garden in Wales, Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and historic places such as Stonehenge and the Tower of London.
Her vehicle will be covered in stick-on-graphics in the shape of leaves. These leaves can be sponsored by companies to help make the trip come true.
*The image above is an example. The sponsors shown are not yet confirmed*
More about Lucy:
Lucy is a Digital Designer who lives with her husband and 2 sons, aged 4 and 6. She also entered last years Motor-Vision Awards which was to create her very own LEGO Mini!
This would have been a LEGO wrapped Mini Cooper where companies and organisations could sponsor a brick. Once the customisation was completed, she planned to take her family on a road trip to the LEGO headquarters in Denmark. However, her project hit a dead end but this year she is back with a new and improved plan!
4×4 for Africa | Paradise Wildlife park
With the help of the Motor-Vision Awards, the Paradise Wildlife Park team aim to do something really special – to fit out, deliver and donate an anti-poaching ranger 4×4 vehicle to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. In short, to help save animal lives.
Paradise have already acquired a suitable second hand 4×4 locally, they will use their contacts and considerable charm to up-spec the vehicle for the Reserve’s requirements, adding cameras and other important anti-poaching technology.
The vehicle will then be shipped from the UK to Africa, Paradise’s team will then drive across East Africa for three weeks. Along the way they will be making contributions to various charities and wildlife organisations before arriving at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This is one of Kenya’s most respected animal conservation parks, who’s focus is innovative, tangible, sustainable conservation for wildlife and people, to present them with the vehicle to support their on-going work.
The build up and the trip will be documented and shared across their social media channels.
About Paradise and their team:
Paradise Wildlife Park was formed in 1984 and is well known for its animal breeding and conservation work. In 2017, Paradise became a charity, the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire, and to date they have made contributions of over £5,000,000 to charities, conservation projects and wildlife causes in the UK and around the world.
Paradise is a part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme, with successful Jaguar, African Penguin, Lar Gibbon, Cotton Top Tamarin, Silvery Marmoset and Red Ruff Lemur births in the past two years alone.
They were recently voted Hertfordshire’s Top Tourist Attraction and have a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
The 4×4 for Africa team will consist of four key members of the charity. Three of the four are the Park’s founder, Peter Sampson’s, grandsons: Tyler Whitnall will manage the trip and take the lead on the conservation projects. Cameron Whitnall will be head of video and content creation, and Aaron Whitnall, the eldest of Peter’s grandsons, an animal keeper and experienced presenter, will explain the story behind the trip and each project we assist. Lastly, Head of Social Media and lifelong friend of the Park, Redmond Boulton, will oversee social media and handle any mechanics.
Racing FTO | Richard Batty
Richard and his team entered the Motor-Vision Awards for funds to help repair and improve his front wheel drive drag car so he can attempt to beat the current UK and European drag car record.
Once his drag car is repaired, he will be attempting to beat the current UK world record of 8.5963 seconds at 175.07mph and the current European world record of 8.363 seconds.
More about Richard and his team:
Richard and his team run a Mitsubishi FTO, a front wheel drive drag car. Drag racing has been his passion ever since he brought his first FTO in 1997
Richard has been professional drag racing them since 2004. In 2013 his team were the first front wheel drive drag car in the UK to do an 8 second pass for the 1/4 mile, setting a new UK record. In 2014 they set a new European record with a pass of 8.85 seconds at 175 mph! Unfortunately, later that season their car suffered a catastrophic engine failure which resulted in Richard and his team being forced out of action.
Since then, Richard and his team have been slowly repairing and improving his FTO and the car is almost ready to make its return. However, as they have been out for so long both the UK and European records have been beaten… hence their goal.
Golf MK2 Project | Tiana Adams
Tiana suffers from poor health and has relied on her loving husband to take care of her for the last 12 years. As a big thank you to her supportive husband, she entered the Motor-Vision Awards for funds to help her husband, John, fully restore his beloved Volkswagen MK2 Golf.
Her husband has already done a lot of work on the Golf himself and now he just needs a helping hand to finish the project off to a standard that he wouldn’t be able to do alone.
John does a lot for both the community and her, so she feels that he deserves an award for all his hard work. Tiana knew the perfect way to cheer him up and to thank him for all the support he has given over the last 12 years – which was to help him fully restore his Volkswagen Golf!
More about Tiana:
Tiana is 38 years young and is married to her husband John who has just turned 43. They have just celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary.
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