RM Group founder Rob Myers was honored with the Nicola Bulgari Award from America’s Automotive Trust, which is given to individuals within the car community for their efforts to preserve America’s motoring heritage.
Myers received the award during the Buick Club of America 50th anniversary celebration in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
“Rob’s commitment and efforts have been a major force in the growth of restoration and preservation into a multi-billion-dollar industry, which has led to countless jobs for restoration experts and preserved innumerable classic and vintage cars for collectors,” said David Madeira, AAT CEO. “We are honored to recognize him with our most prominent award.”
Myers, a skilled automotive restoration expert and painter by trade, began his career in a one-car garage in the early 1980s and quickly established a following among enthusiasts and collectors. He has since become the head of the world’s leading auction house for collectible vehicles, according to a press release.
He partnered with Dan Warrener and Mike Fairbarn to form RM Auctions in 1991. This led the three to expand operations throughout North America and Europe, establishing the brand as a premier auction house and restoration facility for collector cars.
“Cars have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember, so to be recognized in this way is a distinct honor,” Myers said. “In particular, I am beyond proud to accept the Nicola Bulgari award, named for someone whose collection is so extraordinarily well-curated and who obviously shares the same values and passion for restoration and provenance as I do. I want to thank the great team of people who’ve been with me along the way and helped me to build RM Sotheby’s and RM Auto Restoration into world-class organizations. I also want to sincerely thank America’s Automotive Trust, whose work to pass automotive skills and knowledge on to future generations is near and dear to me. This is a tremendous honor.”
The Nicola Bulgari Award, named after the famous luxury goods magnate, renowned car collector and AAT board member, is presented annually in recognition of an individual’s lifelong efforts to promote America’s automotive heritage through education, car restoration and/or collecting classic cars.
Past recipients include NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick; McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty; Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Automotive Museum; and Edward Welburn, former vice president of global design for General Motors.