The inaugural Motor Sport Hall of Fame evening took place in February 2010. Now approaching its fifth year, the event has found a new home at Covent Garden’s historic Royal Opera House – a suitably grand venue to honour some of racing’s greatest names.
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.
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. 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.
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 in February every year.