The inaugural Motor Sport Hall of Fame evening took place in February 2010. 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.
Having established the Hall of Fame as an exclusive club to which drivers, riders, engineers and team owners can aspire, we’re expanding the concept beyond a glitzy VIP evening in London, beyond the pages or the magazine and website, and out to the people who matter most: our readers and visitors to the London Classic Car Show.
The display at the show will turn the spotlight on our founding members, pillars of the sport’s history. The eight will be represented by cars that played a major role in their stories. They include the Benetton B193, the car in which Schumacher gave the first hint of the greatness to come.
Senna’s first Grand Prix victory will be marked by the actual Lotus 97T he used to take the honours in the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix while Stewart’s third title will be represented by his blue Tyrrell 006.
Ferrari is inextricably linked to Grand Prix racing and there will be two cars wearing the Prancing Horse in the Hall of Fame. The first is the Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo P3 from 1934 in which Nuvolari, ‘The Flying Mantuan’, confirmed his status as the benchmark driver of his age, while the second is a 1952/53 Ferrari 500, Il Commendatore’s first World Championship winner.
The Ferrari will be kindly loaned by Kevin Wheatcroft and his Donington Grand Prix Collection, which has also offered the two great British cars that have been chosen to represent the careers of Fangio and Moss. The great Argentine raced the hugely complicated BRM V16 in 1953 and although the car proved unreliable, he was always positive about its potential.
Moss also drove the BRM, but had far greater success in the Vanwall. The car on show is the actual one Moss shared with Tony Brooks to win the British Grand Prix at Aintree in 1957, the first GP win for a British car.
Completing the inaugural Hall of Fame is another great British marque, one synonymous with the late Jim Clark: Lotus. The innovative Lotus 25, the first F1 racer built around a complete monocoque chassis, gave Clark his first GP wins in 1962 and his first title in 1963.
The 2014 event, which coincides with Motor Sport‘s 90th anniversary year, took place on Wednesday January 29 at the Royal Opera House.
2014 inductees John McGuinness, Ross Brawn, Tom Hunt (on behalf of his father James) and Alain Prost
Our charity sale with RM Auctions was again in aid of the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust, raising £23,000.