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It was Damien Smith, the magazine’s editor, who first came up with the idea, and immediately plans got underway for an inaugural Motor Sport Hall of Fame evening, which duly came to be in February 2010. After considering a number of alternatives, we concluded that the Roundhouse – where many of us had attended concerts down the years – would be an ideal venue, and so it has proved.
In the US it has ever been the tradition to choose four inductees to a Hall of Fame each year and, with a sport as rich in heritage as motor racing, we hardly lack for choice. Eight founding members – Tazio Nuvolari, Enzo Ferrari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher – were adopted, and then, for the inaugural ceremony, we chose Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Tony Brooks and Ron Dennis.
From the beginning we were set on the idea that the Hall of Fame evening, while paying due respect to our sport’s revered personalities, should be an informal affair – an antidote to tuxedos, if you like. Rather, the aim was to create the atmosphere of a club, where friends can meet for a glass or two of wine, where ties are optional.
The inductees of the 2011 Motor Sport Hall of Fame, in association with TAG Heuer, were Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Frank Williams, Jody Scheckter and Dario Franchitti. Already the evening has become established on motor racing’s social calendar, and it delights us that so many of the sport’s great and good choose to join us at the Roundhouse.
By Nigel Roebuck, editor-in-chief