Towcester, Northants – Hagerty International, the UK’s leading classic car insurance specialist, onoured the Benz family for their influence on the motoring community at the 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The ceremony took place during the reception for the Royal Automobile Club Veteran Car Run participants on Saturday evening.
Hagerty, sponsors of the annual event, presented the Hagerty Achievement Award to Mrs Jutta Benz, great granddaughter of Karl Benz, in recognition of her family’s influence to the automobile industry. 2011 marks the 125th anniversary of the first patented motor car – created by Karl Benz in 1886.
“It is clear to see the extraordinary impact and influence of the Benz family for their pioneering innovations throughout motoring history, beginning with the infancy of the motorcar,” stated Angus Forsyth, Managing Director of Hagerty International. “We are delighted to honour the Benz family and present this award to Jutta.”
“I am greatly honoured to receive this Award on behalf of my family”, said Jutta Benz when presented with the silver trophy. “Such is our delight in receiving Hagerty’s Award, we plan to retain the trophy in our own museum in Germany.”
The Award will now remain on display at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany before being returned to the RAC for next year’s presentation.
In return, Mrs. Benz donated a copy of the original patent for Karl Benz’s motor car. “This is a unique offering” continued Forsyth, “and we are delighted to be provided with such an important piece of motoring history.”
The Royal Automobile Club’s 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, took place on Sunday 6 November. The world’s longest running motoring event celebrated its 115th anniversary of the 1896 Emancipation Run. For more information, call +44 (0)1327 856 024 or visit http://veterancarrun.com/