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 2018 have closed but don't worry, the Motor-Vision Awards will return in 2019. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

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2018 Motor-Vision Award Winners

Our last Motor-Vision Award winners were announced in October 2018 and you can find out who won and follow their stories by clicking here.

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.