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 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 weirder or more unusual 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, the Motor-Vision Awards is now closed for new entries.

If you have already entered your application has been acknowledged, and we will let you know via email if you have been accepted to the next stage.

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Dan & Dave - Chatteris to Tokyo

Dan and Dave both work for a company called Fensport, who specialise in performance Toyotas and their idea is to drive from their hometown Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, to Tokyo in a Toyota Yaris. Along the way, they will be raising as much money as possible for Children In Need.

The idea of driving from the UK to Tokyo has been a dream of theirs for a number of years, but such a trip without financial backing is extremely difficult.

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

So when they heard of the Motor-Vision Awards, it was an opportunity neither of them could resist.

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

Check out their story here

Check out some footage from Dan & Dave as they prepare for their trip!


It's on the Meter!

It’s on the Meter was a global taxi challenge to break the world record as the longest taxi journey ever recorded. A 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.

The boys bought the Black Cab on eBay for £1,500 and they 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 on.

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

Check out their story here

It's on the meter


Coast to Coast in a Cadillac

Performance Direct's previous Non Standard Awards saw a team of three journalists from Practical Classics magazine drive across the USA. On a budget…

For just $800, 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 their story here

Check out some of the boys footage from their Coast to Coast trip below:


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

Performance Direct insurance launched their second wave of the previous Non-Standard Motoring Awards with a match-funding initiative for the Allard Chryler 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 with a NON STANDARD AWARD

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.

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.