We always said we’d bring back the Autocar awards, and now we’ve done it. McLaren boss Ron Dennis was last night declared the first winner of an important new Autocar award, the Issigonis Trophy, one of two important new automotive accolades whose winners were announced at an annual ceremony called Autocar Stars. 

Around 150 industry leaders gathered at west London’s Hurlingham Club to see Autocar editor Chas Hallett and editor-in-chief Steve Cropley make the awards. “It’s quite a few years since we last staged an event like this,” said Chas Hallett. “We wanted to come back with awards we felt were worthy of world’s oldest motoring magazine – and of the very special people we want to honour – and now I believe we’ve achieved it.”