Billy Strutt of P&A Wood wins Apprentice of the Year at The Historic Motoring Awards!

Updated: Feb 26

With an international panel of judges which included Jay Leno and Derek Bell M.B.E. , Billy won the award at one of the most prestigious historic motoring evenings of the year.


This year, the Historic Motoring Awards, now in its 10th year, was streamed live instead of the usual gala dinner due to Covid-19 restrictions. Despite that, the event was a raging success.



Billy was chosen as the winner among strong competition from five other short-listed candidates:


- Harry Ruffell Hazell – Classic Motor Cars.

- Max Payne – Hillier Hill.

- Jack Dormer – Gentry Restorations.

- Zack Whyte – AJ Glew.

- Oliver Taylor-Lane – Classic Performance Engineering.


Billy joined the world-renowned Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist in 2017 as an apprentice in the mechanical workshop. Primarily working within the Post-War department (1945-1965 Bentley and Rolls-Royce) Billy has been working closely with an experienced team of professional mechanics in conjunction with the Heritage Skills Academy to become a very well respected member of the P & A Wood team.


P&A Wood have been one of the great innovators in providing heritage engineering apprenticeships from the start of the F.B.H.V.C. vehicle restoration scheme in 2014.


Billy has always shown enthusiasm for his job and is very keen to learn new skills while becoming competent with the knowledge gained over the past three years. His love and passion for cars shows in the work he does and he has become a great asset and key part in ensuring the section runs well. Always punctual, reliable and presentable Billy has become a model employee and P & A Wood says it is proud to have him while he builds a successful future career.


Congratulations Billy!

You can read more about each of the shortlisted finalists by clicking on their name on our awards page:


https://www.heritage.engineering/awards/the-historic-motoring-awards