McLaren boss Mike Flewitt and Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales will star on the show; Silverstone will hold the awards next Tuesday, 24th May
20 May 2016

National broadcaster talkRADIO will produce a three-hour-long special programme from the Autocar Awards, which takes place at the Silverstone Circuit's Wing complex next Tuesday, 24th May.

Among the guests attending the event will be McLaren boss Mike Flewitt, Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales and Ferrari head test driver Raffaele de Simone.

Other leading industry figures making an appearance include Mitsubishi boss Lance Bradley, Hyundai managing director CEO Tony Whitehorn and our very own editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley.

The talkRADIO show will be presented by Andy Jaye, host of the Motors and Megabytes show every Saturday at 3pm. He said: “Every week we talk to Autocar editor Matt Burt to catch up on the week’s biggest motoring news, so with the Autocar Awards making the news, it seemed the perfect opportunity to take our listeners behind the headlines and meet some of the most influential people in the industry.”

More than 250 guests will attend the gala ceremony, which will recognise the very best the car industry has to offer by honouring both the best cars on sale and the people who made them. The guest list includes CEOs, executives, head designers and engineering experts from across the car industry.

The two headline awards are the Issigonis Trophy and the Sturmey Award. The Issigonis Trophy is named after Sir Alec Issigonis, the creator of one of the most iconic British cars of all time, the Mini. The winner will be the person who has made the most outstanding contribution to the automotive industry over the past 12 months.

The Sturmey Award is named after the founding editor of Autocar, Henry Sturmey, who, foreseeing the popularity of cars when only a few were on the road, set up the magazine in 1895. The Sturmey Award aims to recognise innovation and excellence in the motoring industry.

Other Autocar Awards include recognition of all the cars that have achieved five-star road test verdicts over the past 12 months and accolades for the best driver’s car champions. Trophies for Autocar’s design, engineering and motorsport heroes, a reader’s champion, a used car hero and the greatest innovation of the year will also be awarded. In addition, the UK’s outstanding car company bosses and the most significant game-changing cars will be heralded.

The event starts at 6.30pm and the winners will be revealed at autocar.co.uk/awards. Readers can also follow the event on Twitter by looking at the hashtag #AutocarAwards.

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