Top Awards to Champion Rally Driver and Breakthrough Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Saturday 22nd October: Gwyndaf Evans Motors, Dolgellau and The Quay Hotel & Spa, Deganwy were the venues this year for WMW’s Annual Awards and Dinner. Awards were presented by H.M. Lord-Lieutenant for Gwynedd, Edmund S Bailey.

The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy recognises the achievements of Rally Driver Elfyn Evans who won this year’s British Rally Championship title. His father Gwyndaf was awarded WMW’s inaugural Tom Pryce Trophy in 1996 having won the BRC that year and now his son Elfyn, exactly two decades later, has replicated the feat.

The Automotive Achievement Award went to Riversimple of Llandrindod Wells for the radically innovative Rasa lightweight hydrogen-powered prototype car.  Road-legal and built for full European Type Approval, it can cover 300 miles on 1.5kg of Hydrogen and has the lowest “well-to-wheel” carbon emissions of any vehicle.

Elfyn Evans said: “It is a great honour to receive this award especially since it is twenty years since my father was awarded it having himself won the BRC in 1996.  It is also an opportunity to thank my family, friends, supporters and not least of course the team who have worked brilliantly for me throughout such a challenging season”.  

Riversimple Founder Hugo Spowers said: “We are surprised and delighted by this award, a tribute to the outstanding talent and creativity of the whole Riversimple team. The Rasa was launched this year to great acclaim and we are confident it can bring a momentous change in the way mobility is delivered in a sustainable way.  Exciting developments are planned for 2017, including a 20-car beta test in Monmouthshire”.

WMW Chairman Huw Thomas added: “Early in the last century the first motor car at most towns and villages in Wales was the Model T Ford. The company remains market leader here and has a major engine manufacturing centre at Bridgend.  We at WMW are most grateful to Ford for its support for this year’s Annual Awards”.

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