About the Motor-Vision Awards

Do you have an amazing motoring ambition, but don’t have the cash to make it happen? Perhaps it’s a road trip you always wanted to take, a record attempt, a restoration, a challenge, a charity project or something we simply can’t even imagine!?

Motor-Vision and Performance Direct Insurance are proud to present the Motor-Vision Awards, a unique annual motoring awards scheme that offers cash sponsorship of up to £20,000 to motoring enthusiasts with a dream.

There’s no catch. If your dream is big enough, we’ve got the cash to help you see it through, the more original the idea the better – we don't want anything irresponsible or dangerous – just original, achievable motoring ideas.

The Motor-Vision Awards is happy to receive applications for projects requiring up to £20,000. However, applications for smaller amounts will also be considered.

There is no minimum application and we are happy to act as a co-sponsor of a project.


Unfortunately, entries for the Motor-Vision Awards are now closed but don't worry, the Motor-Vision Awards will make a return soon.

Currently the Motor-Vision team are working hard with our three 2018 winners to help make their projects a reality. You can check out their projects by clicking here.

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For the first time ever, our judges have picked not one but three Motor-Vision Award winners for 2018. The deserving winners are; Paradise Wildlife Park, Lucy Rigley and Tiana Adams.

Drive 4 Wildlife

Drive 4 Wildlife Team

The team at Paradise Wildlife Park won with their project “Drive 4 Wildlife”, a conservation mission to help save wildlife in Africa. In February 2019, they completed the first phase of their project which saw their team trek across East Africa, making donations to important conservation organisations and raising awareness for their project.

Since their return from Africa, they have continued to raise awareness and funds - with the support of Motor-Vision - to fit out, deliver and donate an anti-poaching vehicle to a chosen conservation organisation in Africa. Their project is still currently ongoing and they are expected to deliver the vehicle by the end of 2019. Read more...

Are we there yet mum?

Are we there yet mum?

Lucy Rigley won with her project “Are we there yet mum?”, an eco-friendly tour around Britain with her husband and kids visiting both historic and environmentally friendly attractions in a fully electric vehicle. Her aim is to help promote the use of electric vehicles and teach her family more about the environment.

Both Lucy and the Motor-Vision team are working hard to make her project a reality. She is expected to set off on her trip this summer. More on this soon...

Golf Mk2 Project

Volkswagen Mk2 Golf Restoration

Tiana Adams won with her project “Golf Mk2 Project”. Tiana suffers from poor health and relies on her loving husband to take care of her. Her aim is to assist her husband and his efforts and restore their Volkswagen MK2 Golf as a big thank you to her supportive husband.

Tiana’s project is well underway and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Watch this space!


Dan & Dave - Chatteris to Tokyo

Dan & Dave both work for a company called Fensport, who specialise in performance Toyotas and their idea was to drive from their hometown of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, to Tokyo in a modified Toyota Yaris while, along the way, raising as much money as possible for Children In Need.

The idea of driving from the UK to Tokyo has been a dream for several years, but to make the trip without financial backing was proving impossible.

So when Dan & Dave heard of the Motor-Vision Awards, it was an opportunity they couldn’t resist. They entered and won the Motor-Vision Awards 2017, setting off on their journey at the beginning of August 2018.

Driving a total of 13,884 miles, they travelled through 22 countries and took up to nine weeks to complete the trip!

Their trip will consist of 12,500 miles, travelling through 18 countries and take up to 7 weeks to complete.

Plus, they raised £4,500 for Children in Need!

Check out their full story by clicking here.

It's on the Meter!

It's on the meter

2010 winner, ‘It’s on the Meter’ was a global taxi challenge aiming to break the world record for the longest taxi journey ever recorded. The trio of Paul Archer, Johno Ellison and Leigh Purnell set out to complete this mammoth challenge using a classic London Black Cab in aid of the British Red Cross.

Thanks to their Award, the boys bought the Black Cab on eBay for £1,500 and set off from London in February 2011. On their journey they covered 3 continents, 39 countries, 10 time-zones and 32,00 miles, smashing the previous record of 21,690 miles, all while the meter was running!

Their journey took them through Europe, including; France, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Turkey, and Armenia. Then it was on to Iraq and Iran and, after many breakdowns and extra border charges, they found themselves in the stunning Himalayan mountains into Pakistan, India and then on to Nepal where they drove the Friendship Highway into Tibet.

Check out the ‘It’s on the Meter Story’ by clicking here.

Coast to Coast in a Cadillac

This winning idea saw a team of three journalists from Practical Classics magazine drive across the USA. On a budget…

For just $800 (thanks to the Awards), they purchased a 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz – bought on eBay – and drove 2500 miles from Columbus, Ohio to Santa Barbara, California.

So how do you do the road trip of a lifetime for little more than £500?

The answer; by entering the Motor-Vision Awards!

See the ‘Coast to Coast in a Cadillac' story by clicking here.

Drag Racing Legend - 1960's Dragster Restored by Allard Chrysler Action Group

Our previous winners also included a match-funding initiative for the Allard Chrysler Action Group.

The scheme aimed to raise £5,000 towards the restoration of Europe's first dragster, the Allard Chrysler now owned by the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu.

Around the World – A Mini Adventure

Mini adventurer, Duncan Mortimer, set off across the USA on the first leg of his 'round the world road trip.

The drive, in aid of Cancer Research and the 'Help for Heroes' charity, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original Mini by taking it to over 20 countries covering over 36,000 miles.

It was all made possible after Duncan received a Non Standard Award from insurer Performance Direct. (NB. The Non Standard Awards was the previous name for the Motor-Vision Awards.)

Sitting in his 1978 Austin Mini Clubman 1275 GT en route through Florida, 20 days into his zigzagging route across the States, Duncan explains:

"Although I have many people to thank for getting me on the road, it was the Non Standard Awards that really got me started. The money from Performance Direct got the car back on the road so I could publicise the trip and get interest from other supporters. The Non Standard Awards are a fantastic idea and I'm honoured to be chosen as their first winner."

This was the third time Duncan Mortimer has circumnavigated the globe in this car but the Mini's 50th anniversary and the popularity of the new Mini have meant that the trip has received a great deal of attention around the world, including invitations for visits to over 40 Mini Clubs from Australia to Japan, Eastern Europe and China.


No proof of purchase is required for entry.

A panel of Motor-Vision and Performance Direct Judges will choose the best ideas, based on creativity, practicality, cost and originality.

The judges' decision is final.

All applicants will be contacted via email.

Short-listed candidates will also be announced on the Motor-Vision and Performance Direct websites. No correspondence will be entered into.

Motor-Vision and Performance Direct will require winning applicants to take part in agreed activities to promote the applicant's idea and the Motor-Vision Awards.

Any photos/videos or materials submitted as part of your application must be your own property and available for use by Motor-Vision and Performance Direct in the promotion of the Motor-Vision Awards.

Motor-Vision and Performance Direct reserves the right to feature the name, photographs, videos and location of applicants in future publicity material.

The competition is open to full UK Driving License Holders only.

Employees of Motor-Vision and Performance Direct and associated companies or their families are ineligible to take part in the competition.

By entering the competition all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules. The Promoters are Motor-Vision and Performance Direct insurance.