The inaugural Motor Sport Hall of Fame evening took place in February 2010. Now in its fourth 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.
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.
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