In Discussion with RAC Club Chairman Ben Cussons
Reflecting on the past 12 months, Ben has had an exceptionally busy year, both personally and professionally, with the RAC Club running over 80 events in 2019, including 25 alone during early November’s London Motor Week, with a huge attendance at the free Regent Street Motor Show (showcasing three centuries of motoring, from the pre-1905 London to Brighton veteran motor cars, through to past and present competition cars, classics and future-focused electric vehicles), as well as the London to Brighton run itself.
Other RAC Club highlights for Ben over the past year have included presenting three-time Speedway World Championship winner Tai Woffinden with the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Torrens Trophy at the Pall Mall clubhouse in March, plus having motor trade and motor racing legend Roger Penske as a fascinating guest speaker for the RAC Club’s annual Motoring Dinner. Presenting the young racer Billy Monger with the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ Segrave Trophy at Pall Mall was also a real privilege.
Ben says that the RAC‘s core is motoring with the organisation existing to support the motorist with cars here to stay, and electric vehicles a key part of the future of personal mobility. He also has an important role in helping to establish the new Motor Sport UK (MSUK) organisation which has been an interesting exercise with plenty of changes and new stuff to manage within a diverse group of people, and all ahead of an office relocation to the Bicester Heritage site. In addition, Ben is a Trustee of the RAC Foundation, with an in-house research team constantly looking into vehicle safety, environmental impacts, future mobility, the needs of older drivers with suitable cars, and so on.
Moving into 2020, the RAC Club will mark the 120th anniversary of the first 1,000-Mile Trial in June for pre-war cars, and remain as a social hub for like-minded motoring