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2014 Hall of Fame

The build up to the 2014 Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame begins here! Each year we host a star-studded night in which we honour the great names of our sport and invite a selection from the past and present to join our exclusive club of heroes.

Between now and the 2014 event we will be asking some of the great names who are already members of the Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame who they would choose to join them. We begin with Hall of Fame founding member and three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart:

“Who would I choose? Mike Costin. He built the most successful Grand Prix engine in the history of the sport, the Cosworth DFV. He and Keith Duckworth did it together. He’s a wonderful man, who carries the dignity of the sport to the highest levels. More credit has tended to go to Keith, but nevertheless he is one of the two men responsible for the engine.”

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Mike Costin began his working life as an apprentice at De Havilland before joining Colin Chapman and Lotus, where he met Keith Duckworth. The pair co-founded engine tuner Cosworth in 1958. In 1967, in collaboration with Lotus and Ford, the company introduced the Double Four-Valve V8 to F1. It would go on to win 155 Grands Prix. Cosworth engines would also win the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Indianapolis 500.

So who would you include in the Hall of Fame?

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132 comments on 2014 Hall of Fame

  1. Mikey, 10 August 2012 13:10

    My nominations for 2013: Ken Tyrrell – froth, no frills. Vic Elford – a real sportscar ace. James Hunt – just because…

  2. Nigel Kat, 10 August 2012 18:45

    Costin is logical and eminently inductable; but dare I suggest Mauro Forghieri or Paul Rosche? Or a bit left-field, Bernd Rosemeyer? Great Jenks article on Rosemeyer back there in the day – no index to hand but I recall it as one of the great DSJ bios.
    Wish I could be there…..
    Best, NK.

  3. Mike Lay, 13 August 2012 19:49

    How can Alain Prost not be in it yet?

  4. Ivor McDonald, 14 August 2012 16:16

    All the people mentioned so far are deserving of place, so I’ll just throw in Ronnie Peterson.

  5. Paul Dishman, 14 August 2012 17:04

    John Surtees is the obvious candidate. First person to win the World Championship on two wheels and four. Shamefully overlooked for a knighthood as well

  6. jim utess, 14 August 2012 19:52

    i would include dan wheldon in the hall of fame. unfortunately dan was lkilled in las vagas last october not kentucky as your september issue states.

  7. Alex Harmer, 15 August 2012 09:33

    An oversight on our part if that’s the case. Which page did you spot the mistake on?

  8. Simon Crouch, 20 August 2012 19:33

    Mike Hailwood – arguably the greatest motorcycle racer of them all, at the very least tied with Ago! Why is he not in the HoF already?
    Brian Redman – one of the greatest sport car racers, the equal of Ickx and indeed better at Spa and the Targa Florio. Enzo Ferrari rated him highly and Ken Tyrrell wanted him to stand in for an injured JYS!
    Ross Brawn – his cv is reason enough. No one has contributed more to top level British motorsport. Plus he’s a great bloke!

  9. Chris Pomfret, 22 August 2012 13:58

    Bruce McLaren would be my choice. By the age of 32, Bruce was the youngest Grand Prix winner, runner-up in the World Championship in his second full season, had won Grands Prix, Le Mans, been Tasman champion and been crowned Can Am champion twice. The small team he founded won races in F1, F2, F5000, Can Am before his tragic death in 1970. That team would go on to win multiple F1 championships, Le Mans, Can Am, Indy 500 races and be a fitting legacy for one of motor racing’s nicest people. Lest we forget Bruce also contributed so much to the design of the early McLarens and to the development of the legendary Ford GT40.

  10. Cactus Dan, 29 August 2012 16:33

    Gilles Villeneuve has got to be in Hall of Fame. The very essence of blinding speed and the will to win. Tiger, tiger burning bright!

  11. Philip Vernon, 29 August 2012 17:39

    I nominate Vic Elford.
    Just look at his record in 1968, won the Monte Carlo Rally, won the Targa Florio and put in some fantastic performances in an outclassed Cooper in F!. A truly great all rounder and good bloke.

  12. Chris Ross-Brown, 29 August 2012 23:36

    Alain Prost not in yet? End of story. I don’t see how you can elect anyone else before Prost is elected….

  13. Tony Vowles, 29 August 2012 23:46

    Alf Francis

    Tuned by ear, most probably did not own a timing light.

    Ask Stirling about Alf.

  14. Ray McAtee, 30 August 2012 05:13

    I would like to nominate AJ Foyt for the Hall of Fame:

  15. Kevin Flaherty, 1 September 2012 21:28

    It has to be Mike Hailwood. I was lucky to see him on both 2 wheels and four, but the all-time great memory is of him on the Honda 6 in 1966/67 – fabulous!

  16. Dr. Beatty Crawford, 5 September 2012 12:34

    Paddy Hopkrk

  17. valentin, 11 September 2012 21:11

    Georges Boillot, Pietro Bordino, Achille Varzi, Bernd Rosemeyer, Rudolf Caracciola, Alberto Ascari, Gilles Villeneuve, Alain Prost are drivers far more better then, say, Andretti, Surtees, Ickx or even Stewart

  18. SLH, 16 September 2012 11:13

    Alan Prost, Gilles Villeneuve & Alex Zanardi for me.

  19. Peter Bourne, 24 September 2012 12:45

    SMB Hailwood should be inducted asap. Mike gave me some of the best racing entertainment during the 60′s & 70′s along with Phil Read, John Cooper plus a host of British racers in all forms of motorsport. My other top choice is Nigel Mansell another gutsy racer who got the onlookers blood flowing.

  20. Michael Schwartz, 24 September 2012 16:02

    Felice Nazarro, Tazio Nuvolari, Rudolph Caracciola, Alberto Ascari, Dick Seaman, Jean-Pierre Wimille, Ronnie Peterson – and all the others already mentioned!

  21. Chris Calderbank, 27 September 2012 16:58

    I nominate Mike ‘the bike’ Hailwood. A legend in both 2 and 4 wheels giving so many memories over the years. Such a pity he’s no longer around. Still a massive respect from motor sport fans in both 2 and 4 wheels from around the world S.M.B. Hailwood G.M. should certainly join the Hall of Fame.

  22. jeremy chandler @transworldgp, 2 October 2012 15:24

    There is absolutely no question … Mario Andretti of course !!
    There aren’t too many who could match Mario for his incredible all round ability to get any kind of four wheeled motorised vehicle to the chequered flag before anyone else .The guy oozes charisma and similar to Jackie Stewart , when he talks , everyone listens .
    Oh , and if I could be there when he’s inducted … :0)

  23. Alex Harmer, 4 October 2012 16:07

    Jeremy,
    Mario was inducted in 2010, you can take a look at his page here: http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/halloffame/inductees/mario-andretti/

  24. Ed Granger, 8 October 2012 17:35

    I don’t think he’s been mentioned yet, so a vote for Colin Chapman, a great man and innovator.

  25. nigel, 9 October 2012 11:34

    Am I missing something in the list of inductees, I can’t see the name of the man who won Indianapolis, Le Mans and 2 world Championships!

  26. JD, 12 October 2012 18:53

    Phil Hill – a master in all types of racing

  27. Warwick Chandler, 15 October 2012 10:33

    My nomination for 2013 is Mike Costin. Cosworth Engineering was, and is no doubt a very successful company and Mike of course is one of the co-founders who has done so much to enhance the reputation of British motorsport. A great guy indeed who simply must be included in the Hall of Fame

  28. Giancarlo Merello, 19 October 2012 15:15

    AJ Foyt definitely needs to be added to the Hall of Fame along with Vic Elford, Sebastian Loeb and Mauro Forghieri

  29. Bill Willen, 24 October 2012 20:06

    I would nominate Dan Gurney. He is not only a great driver, but also an innovator.

  30. Steve, 25 October 2012 20:33

    Ken Tyrrell also, Tom Kristensen, Ronnie and Gilles for me

  31. Per Kringberg, 5 November 2012 19:52

    Ronnie Peterson, for his fearless attitude and glorious power slides. Not because he won most, but because he wanted to drive as fast he could, every second in every situation. That is a real race driver to me.

  32. Les Smith, 18 November 2012 22:47

    Ove Fundin the greatest Speedway Rider ever, anyone who attended the 1963 World Speedway Final at Wembley, when he rode with serious leg injuries and won the title. Or when he came out of retirement in for a couple of months in 1967 and won the World title for the 5th time. He was so good he could go to the other star riders home tracks and beat them, i.e. Barry Briggs and Bjorn knutson at Southampton, Ronnie Moore at Wimbledon and the Late Great Peter Craven at Belle Vue – Manchester. The races between Fundin and Craven at Manchester and Norwich had to seen to be believed. They once had three Golden Helmet match race deciders at Cowley Stadium, Oxford and Craven won the deciding third race breaking the track record by around 5 seconds no one ever got near that record again. For a season in the 60′s the above 5 riders gave all other riders a 10 or 20 yards start, Fundin still had the same high average as in previous years, he was a true racer, believed he could pass anyone anywhere.

  33. Martin Baines, 21 November 2012 14:36

    Ken Tyrrell

    ‘Long everdue’

  34. GEORGE BOYTER, 22 November 2012 10:16

    Bill Vukovich. His driving skill and fearlessness, plus his total dominance of the Indianapolis 500 for 4 years when it was at its most dangerous. It cost him his life but he was the epitome of a racing driver. A true great, in the Nuvolari style, he should be remembered for all time.

  35. Masta Kink, 3 December 2012 15:49

    I would like to see Lord March inducted for his superlative Goodwood Revival and also the Festival….this year’s Revival with the night race and Silver Arrows will never be surpassed….Most importantly he has revived Goodwood race track exactly as it was, and it is possible to watch all the action all around the circuit, without being stuck behind a fence…..long may it continue, and hopefully you can recognise him accordingly….Thank you.

  36. phil meiners, 6 December 2012 08:20

    Graham Hill, two time World Champion, Indianapolis and Le Mans Winner.

  37. Dave C, 9 December 2012 12:26

    Mike Hailwood for 2013 HoF

  38. Lucy, 10 December 2012 22:41

    Jenson Button. He is a fantastic example of pure driving capability in all weather conditions. His smooth driving style is a pleasure to watch.

  39. Steven Roy, 10 December 2012 23:01

    It would be great to see more pre-war people recognised like Rudi Uhlenhaut, Alfred Neubauer, Rudolf Caracciola, Tazio Nuvolari and my personal favourite Bernd Rosemeyer.

    If Villeneuve and Prost are not already in you have to ask what kind of Hall of Fame this is.

  40. Alex Harmer, 11 December 2012 11:18

    Steven,

    Nuvolari is a founding member, you can find some features on him here: http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/halloffame/inductees/tazio-nuvolari

    ACH

  41. Michael Attard, 12 December 2012 07:43

    Gilles Villeneuve, Ronnie Peterson & Niki Lauda

  42. nigel, 18 December 2012 11:10

    Graham Hill
    Colin Chapman
    Mike Hailwood

  43. Richard Nix, 19 December 2012 11:26

    My nomination for the Hall of Fame is Graham Hill, the only driver to have won the world championship, Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500, and who was also a great ambassador for the sport.

  44. Nathan Beehl, 25 December 2012 18:35

    Alberto Ascari – 2013 is the 60th anniversdary of his 2nd World Championship. He was Ferrari’s first World Champion and the first double WC. He’s a must for 2013.

  45. Valentin Kraemer, 25 December 2012 23:21

    I strongly support Giacomo Agostinis suggestion for Mike Hailwood. My personal reason for this is that “Mike the bike” was one of those willing to rescue the lives of his competitors as are Vic Elford Arturo Merzario. And thereby risking their own health, let alone competition placing.
    I strongly suggest to have a feature in Motor Sport about that kind of racers and true sportsmen. Could you imagine one of today’s motorsport stars risking anything for anybody else? I cannot.
    Regards from Munich, Germany

  46. Daryl McGrath, 31 December 2012 21:13

    Alain Prost. Why wasn’t he a founding member?

    Come on Motorsport, do the right thing!!!

  47. nigel, 1 January 2013 13:33

    Quite honestly, Graham Hill should have been a founding member.

  48. MIKE ALLASTON, 2 January 2013 10:36

    Professor Sid Watkins

  49. anne huggins, 12 January 2013 19:07

    I would like to see Mike Hailwood included in the HALL OF fame 2013

  50. Viktor B, 15 January 2013 16:33

    Surely Alain Prost and Niki Lauda.

  51. H Donald Capps, 25 January 2013 01:03

    Although I really have little to no use for these sorts of things, especially given how they generally seem to turn out, it would nice to see a bit of imagination and thought exercised rather than enshrining the Usual Suspects, most of whom seem to mostly from one side of the Atlantic.

    That Barney Oldfield, Richard Petty, A.J. Foyt, Jr and Dan Gurney all seem to be missing says volumes in and of itself. Similarly, Jimmy Murphy, Tom Milton, Ted Horn, Rex May, Wilbur Shaw, and Ralph de Palma seem to be not even afterthoughts. David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt, Curtis Turner or Lee Petty are probably safe bets to never even be nominated, much less selected.

    Just saying….

  52. Markus Rohlm, 25 January 2013 06:39

    Please urgently induct Sir Jck Brabham
    His combined achievements as a driver and constructor are simply unmatched.
    He must be inducted
    Markus

  53. Alex Harmer, 25 January 2013 09:53
  54. Markus Rohlm, 26 January 2013 05:30

    My apologies, is there a full list of those inducted any where?
    I thought Frank Matich’s article relating to Sir Jack was a bit rich. Having worked on a Matich F5000 chassis when it passed to another owner, it was notable for the “good bits” it lacked and the engine/gearbox package wasn’t “quite as advertised!

  55. MIKE ALLASTON, 27 January 2013 16:50

    I would nominate the following three persons.
    1) Valentino Rossi
    2) Colin Chapman
    3) Denis Sargeant Jenkinson

    Keep up the good work. Mike Allaston

  56. Alex Harmer, 28 January 2013 12:28

    Markus,

    Founding Members can be found here: http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/halloffame/founding-members/

    Inductees can be found here: http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/halloffame/inductees/

    ACH

  57. Dave Webber, 8 February 2013 12:33

    I would nominate Keith Duckworth for outstanding contribution to F1 with his Cosworth engine.

  58. geoff todd, 13 February 2013 16:28

    Colin Chapman

    the name says it all

  59. STIG, 13 February 2013 18:11

    My choice for Drivers: Roy Salvadori, Reg Parnell, Carroll Shelby and Dickie Green (racing mechanic of the year in 1953 MotorSport)

  60. Paul Fearnley, 13 February 2013 18:37

    Gordon Murray
    Barry Sheene
    Roger Clark
    COLIN CHAPMAN!
    George Bignotti
    Graham Hill
    Murray Walker
    Niki Lauda
    Keith Duckworth
    and
    Richard Petty
    ooh, and
    Rick Mears
    and
    Ron Tauranac
    and
    Gerry Marshall
    and
    Harry Miller
    and
    Richard Burns
    and
    Frank Lockhart
    and
    the bloke who drove that WM at 400km/h down the Mulsanne Straight – Roger Dorchy?

  61. Robert kiely, 13 February 2013 23:22

    Gordon Murray legend

  62. Alejandro Abogado, 14 February 2013 19:34

    My nominations would be Rudolf Caracciola and Bernd Rosemeyer. Of the more modern era, Brian Redman and Vic Elford.

  63. Laurie Clake, 20 February 2013 16:23

    Hi Motorsport Magazine,

    Are there any tickets on sale for this event?
    What time does it start?

    Kind regards

    Laurie

  64. Alex Harmer, 21 February 2013 10:19

    Laurie,

    Unfortunately the event’s invite only, but we do give away tickets in a competition so keep a look out next year.

    ACH

  65. Len Terry, 21 February 2013 20:49

    The great unsung hero of Lotus, enough said!

  66. clre, 23 February 2013 13:50

    Ronnie Peterson

  67. nigel, 26 February 2013 12:24

    Thank goodness Graham Hill has been added, eventually.
    Alain Prost, Mike Hailwood, and
    Len Terry, also deserve a place.
    How have these been overlooked with Jody schekter in the HOF in 2011?
    Thanks
    Nigel

  68. Alex Harmer, 26 February 2013 15:22

    Nigel,

    We induct who we can each year, we’ll try to get to them all eventually!

    All the best,
    ACH

  69. Andrew Cherry, 28 February 2013 17:12

    Mike Hailwood – probably the greatest motorcycle racer ever plus his selfless act that got him the George Medal.

    Alain Prost – how can The Professor not be there.

    Dan Gurney – one of the most talented and underrated drivers.

    Richard Noble – he did what many thought impossible and then, with Andy Green, did it again.

  70. John Garfoot, 28 February 2013 22:08

    Murray Walker should be considered, he has been the voice of Motorsport, both cars and bikes for as long as most us can remember.
    Other thoughts: Derek Bell for his Le Mans achievements.
    Sir Malcom Cambell and Donald Cambell for land and water speed record achievements.

  71. Ewan Marshall, 2 March 2013 00:13

    Owen Maddock – Where to begin when discussing a man who proved so key in forging the start of Formula One as we know now?

  72. Kenny, 3 March 2013 22:25

    For me there are 2 men who should be considered – Colin Chapman and Murray Walker – both who have left a lasting legacy.

  73. Alex Harmer, 4 March 2013 09:28

    Kenny,

    We inducted Colin Chapman a week ago! Take a look at his page:

    http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/halloffame/inductees/colin-chapman/

    All the best,

    ACH

  74. ian grimsley, 15 March 2013 19:36

    Brian Redman has my vote

  75. Terry Jacob, 21 March 2013 19:18

    Once again , this year , my nominations are Gilles Villeneuve and A.J.Foyt . What kind of a ‘Hall of Fame ‘ is this without them . Get them in soon , in A.J s case while he is still with us for goodness sake …..

  76. Terry Jacob, 4 April 2013 12:34

    Is Len Terry campaigning for himself by any chance ? If he is , I nominate Tony Southgate !!

  77. Phillip Parfitt, 10 May 2013 13:22

    Chris Amon. For all his skill he never won a Formula 1 world championship race but was a great driver and a natural talent. He won Le Mans, the Tasman Series and non championship races but was always unlucky in Grand Prix racing, although I think now he considers himself a lucky man to have made it through to his 70s while many of his fellow competitors died on the track. I believe he has driven for more Formula 1 teams than any other driver and also is one of the few men to attempt to build his own Grand Prix contender, although this too was cursed with the Amon luck.

  78. Tony Swinscoe, 13 May 2013 08:43

    Hannu Mikkola: London – Mexico winner; First European to win the Safari and the man who developed and tamed the Quattro, bringing on the most exciting, and dangerous, time in World Rallying ( and himself a much deserved World Championship.
    Peter Brock: 9 times Bathurst winner: Aussie legend who won at almost everything in Australia and proved competitive in Europe.
    Alain Prost: The other side of the greatest F1 rivalry of the 80s and 90s.
    Stuart Turner: Great navigator and even better team manager

  79. Alan Bell, 18 May 2013 20:03

    John Surtees, the only man to have been champion in F1 cars and 500cc bikes.
    And Mike Hailwood MBE, George medal, nine time motorcycle world champ, 12 TT wins, came out of 11 years retirement to win the TT again at 38 years of age .

  80. Phil Hall, 23 May 2013 00:06

    My four nominations for the Hall of Fame would be;Gilles Villineuve, Professor Sid Watkins, Stephane Peterhansel, and Mario Andretti. Another one that may be contrversial is Motor Sport Magazine itself, the pubklication that gave its name to the sport. Alsoif you could nominate a venue, Le Mans.

  81. ray newman, 16 June 2013 09:56

    mike hailwood and john surtees should be 2 and 4 wheel legends, hailwood the best motorcyclist of all time imho

  82. Lars Krog, 25 June 2013 21:08

    The one and only Tom Kristensen

  83. Michael Schwartz, 27 July 2013 03:33

    Felice Nazzaro

  84. Terry Jacob, 19 August 2013 20:11

    Gilles Villeneuve and A.J.Foyt . What sort of ‘Hall of Fame’ are you running without these two legends ?????

  85. Miles Hutton, 21 August 2013 14:18

    W.O.Bentley would be my choice for 2014 Hall of Fame inductee. Although not the best of businessmen he was one of the finest if not the finest engineers and designers of his generation. His cars won Le Mans five times in the 20s and 30s including a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in 1929 and won many other races during that period. He was one of the first to see the value of quick and efficient pitstops and would have his team practice them. He built his cars to last and did not like the 41/2 supercharged as it went against all his principles. He believed in increased power through increased engine bore kand not through the power provided by a fragile supercharger. He was proven right insofar as the 41/2 superchargednever won a major race and is probably most famous for setting the lap record at the time at Brooklands in the hands of Sir Henry (Tim) Birkin. It could be argued that Bentley were partly responsible for the increase in British love of motorsport due to their success in the 20s and 30s. His ‘Bentley Boys’ were also responsible for the for mation of the BRDC. I feel it is a travesty that this charming and modest man has had so little recognition in his home country and hope that you can see fit to going a long way to rectify this with your prestigious award. Many thanks for allowing me to have the opportunity to put WO’s name forward for this.

  86. John S Smith, 30 August 2013 18:35

    It will be 50+ years for McLaren at the next HoF, so let’s see Alan Prost, Gordon Murray and just for good measure another Murray namely Mr M.Walker which will be a late celebration for his 90th this coming October.

  87. Dick Baumgartel, 16 September 2013 01:48

    Charlie White, the man who makes sure all is ready for each race and he’s been there for years. Surely one of the kingpins of running a F1 race.

  88. Paul Genge, 17 September 2013 16:08

    I would like to nominate Alex Zanardi, both for his achievements on the track. His recovery from the most horrific accident and perseverance and subsequent accomplishments and his gold medal winning performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Alongside Niki Lauda there is no other sportsman who has managed to defeat the odds and still achieve success.

  89. Michael Frankland, 28 October 2013 20:35

    In 50 years of watching motor racing , gilles villeneuve. Was the no 1, no dowt

  90. Andy Chapman, 2 November 2013 18:09

    All the above nominees are worthy of recognition, either for technical excellence, sporting success or overcoming adversity. I nominate someone who imperiled himself with a act of heroic altruism, the only mitigating factor in one of motorsport’s darkest hours – David Purley.

  91. Jackal, 17 November 2013 01:12

    Gilles Villeneuve, Ronnie Peterson, Nelson Piquet and Emerson Fittipaldi

  92. milesy, 2 December 2013 09:59

    Dan Gurney
    Nelson Piquet
    Sebastien Loeb

  93. Jock Hiddleston, 17 December 2013 20:10

    Alain Prost has to be in, Dale Earnhardt Snr, AJ Foyt, Richard Petty, Dan Gurney, John Surtees.
    I did not realize Jody Scheckter was in so as an ex South African very happy but how did he get in before Alain Prost?
    And while on an S.A.theme Gordon Murray & Rory Byrne

  94. Terry Jacob, 20 December 2013 13:28

    Your creditability and that of the Motor Sport Hall of Fame will hit an all time low if Gilles Villeneuve and A.J.Foyt are not 2014 inductees

  95. Larry Zimlin, 20 December 2013 13:36

    Phil Hill and Dan Gurney Just because they were great all around drivers not just F-1

  96. Nigel Minchin, 20 December 2013 18:33

    AJ Foyt, Gilles Villeneuve, Rick Mears, and last but a giant not in stature but in all he has done Big Bernie.

  97. Geoff C, 21 December 2013 17:41

    I was in favour of inducting Dan Gurney because of his immense skill as a driver, his talent as a engineer and because my impression is that he is a honourable person, too.
    However, I found Sir Jackie’s viewpoint persuasive. It’s difficult to overestimate the influence that Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth have had on the sport (not just in Europe but in the USA too) and I feel he has been overlooked. So my vote goes to Mike Costin.

  98. Stan Kirk, 22 December 2013 16:07

    I would add Murray Walker to the many that have already been mentioned.

  99. Derek Coates, 23 December 2013 00:12

    Many of the previous names are worthy of the HOF but I believe the following should be considered before most!

    Paddy Hopkirk
    John Surtees
    Mike Hailwood (definitely before Ago!)

    Besides their great attributes and achievements their names are world famous.

  100. Tom Shrubb, 29 December 2013 20:26

    I would nominate Jim Hall founder of Chaparral Cars, great driver, F1 and sports cars, designed and built some of the most ground breaking sports cars ever seen. Team went on to win Indy, Formula 5000, Trans. Am and USAC/ IRL races.

  101. Wynn Percy, 31 December 2013 10:37

    Fabulous guy

  102. Peter Gruich, 6 January 2014 14:36

    Jimmy Murphy
    Tommy Milton
    Harry Miller
    Fred and Augie Duesenberg (they worked as a team, they should go in as a team)

    Technically, Miller introduced the 4 cam, 4 valve, hemispherical combustion chamber, V8 almost 40 years before Costin. I wonder where he got the idea?

  103. Peter Gruich, 6 January 2014 14:43

    Jimmy Murphy still has the best winning record of all Grand Prix drivers, .500

    Tommy Milton went 156 mph on the sands of Daytona before Cambell, so did Murphy.

    Harry Miller invented just about everything to do with modern day powertrains, the first aluminum pistons, the first aluminum alloy blocks (that actually worked using an alloy of his own creation, still used today) the first front wheel drive race car, the first production front wheel drive car, the Cord L-29 which was also the first car with a tilt steering wheel, the first 4 cam, 4 valve V8 and the first 4 wheel drive race car.

    What Miller didn’t invent, the Duesenberg brothers did.

  104. John M Rayho, 7 January 2014 11:52

    I would strongly support the election of Alberto Ascari.

    As a World Champion in the first decade of the Champion, Ascari stood out just like Stirling Moss and the great Fangio.

    I was too young to ever see any of these great men race but you can tell the respect that the racers of the 60′s such as Mario and Sir Jackie have for this man. Read the history of the sport and you to will say he should be inducted.

    John M. Rayho, Sr – USA

  105. Richard Frankel, 15 January 2014 20:14

    Murray Wallker – for popularising the sport so much

    And in the same vein, although I realise this will be less popular, Bernie..?

    After that, Sid Watkins, Colin Chapman and Gordon Murray and Ross Brawn

  106. Tony McCaughey, 21 January 2014 14:34

    Gilles Villeneuve. We may never see the like of him again. I read your book about him Nigel every now & again to remind me how great a driver & person he was. I’m 74 yrs old & I have never experienced the thrill of watching F1 as I did when Gilles was alive.

  107. Baxter,David, 21 January 2014 14:54

    Mike Hawthorn. The first British World Champion.
    Had the sense to retire having seen so many drivers killed in action only to die in a road accident – reason unknown : tyres, racing, weather, kidney pain or ?
    Hawthorn & Moss had a great rivalry which the British public savoured especially in 1958.
    You have to consider Hawthorn.

  108. michael beach, 21 January 2014 16:00

    My nominations would be Roy Salvadori (great british driver in all disciplines, Le Mans winner). Dan Gurney (underrated and great talent.). Murray Walker (legend speaks for itself) and Graham Hill,( World Cgampion, twice, Le Mans, and Indianapolis winner),

  109. Mark Bowley, 22 January 2014 07:26

    Professor Sid Watkins
    Sid contributed more positive things to F1 than any other single person over the last 40 years. It was a real shame that he wasn’t inducted while he was still alive.

  110. Tim Malone, 23 January 2014 10:36

    Another for Alex Zanardi here, and I see he’s got another drive this year. A real hero in more ways than one and somebody we can all look up to.

  111. Terry Jacob, 23 January 2014 16:12

    A brief message to Peter Gruich re Harry Miller , don’t forget the man behind much of his legend – Leo Goossen

  112. Per Kringberg, 23 January 2014 16:46

    I would love to se Ronnie Peterson included i the society because everyone knows he was the fastest in 1970:s. Everyone who had the opportunity to watch him can really insure he added something really exciting to the sport. He was a true racer in every respect and gave everything every second. He never fought about being the slowest to be able to win. He wanted to be the fastest every time he entered a race track. If the Lotus 72 hadn´t break apart in the first half of the season 1973, he had won the titel both then and in 1978 when he could drive round Mario in circles. He was simply the fastest man on earth i ten years in different cars and in different classes. Kind regards Per Kringberg, Ingarö, Sweden.

  113. Per Kringberg, 23 January 2014 17:01

    Of course Valentino Rossi, who took MotoGP to new levels when he won seven titels in the big class. Add two more titels from 125 and 250 and it sums up that he is the greatest racer ever on two wheels. Per

  114. John Ford, 23 January 2014 20:25

    It’s got to be Ronnie for me.

  115. Iain Paterson, 23 January 2014 22:07

    I would like to see Rob Walker, John Surtees, Donald Campbell and Bruce McLaren because they represent a good spread of motor sport history between them. Then there’s Jack Brabham, Dick Seaman, your very own DSJ and WB, Dario Franchitti, Innes Ireland, Colin McRae…. I could go on, but don’t want to bore you, oh and Dan Gurney, Jo Siffert, Pedro Rodriguez, Vic Elford, Ferdinand Porsche……..

  116. Andrew Shitfield, 24 January 2014 05:51

    Sid Watkins. Adrain Newly. Ross Brawn.kimi Raikkonen, Max Chiltom. Vaterial Botas, Sebastian Vettel.race marshalls. Romain Grosjean. Sergio Perez, Kuami Kobyashi, nico hulkenberg. Jenson button. Susie Wolfe, maria de avoltta.

  117. Ray Newell, 24 January 2014 20:00

    I’d nominate Len Terry Lotus designer, now 90 years old but still going strong. Lotus 38 at Indy 500 in 1965 was Lens best!

  118. Thierry Saint-Oyant, 26 January 2014 04:10

    This could be interesting, but the fact that Alain Prost was not one of the original 8 makes it a total joke. How will you justify adding him on the list in a few years after so many much less undeserving drivers have been inducted. I am sorry, you made a total mess of what could have been a good idea.

  119. Guy Austin, 27 January 2014 14:42

    Tom Walkinshaw. If you can believe it the Rugby world seems to think more of Tom and his achievements than do the motorsport world, this needs to be put right SOON. Tw may be seen as a controversial figure, but lets face ti so are most in Motorsport. Fact is TW took Jag to Le Mans victory, and thats apart from Touring Car victories and steering Benetton to F1 victory. All in all TW , whatever anyone says was a real racer, a proper motorracing bloke who really belived that Arrows could beat Ferrari

  120. Andrew Muggeridge, 28 January 2014 19:49

    Not James Hunt that’s for sure ! Is Motor Sport getting carried away with Rush fever ?
    To me Hunt does not stand anywhere close to anyone who has been inducted so far. OK he was a maverick, a womaniser and didn’t give a damn but does this make him a great ? No. He only won the title because of Lauda’s injuries. I wasn’t a fan but Mansell deserves it more.

  121. Seamus Cody, 30 January 2014 18:52

    Jim Hall and Sebastian Loeb.

  122. Miles Hutton, 30 January 2014 20:55

    Firmly believe that W O Bentley should be in the. Hall of Fame. His card won Le Mans 5 times in the 20s and 30s, including finishing 1,2,3 and 4 in 1929. They also won many other races, most notably at Brooklands. W. O. was also one the first people to recognise the importance of a quick pitstop and had his team practice them a lot before races. The Bentley team and it’s glamorous drivers,The Bentley Boys, were responsible for the upsurge in interest in motor racing by the British public and the BRDC, that most exclusive of clubs associated with the sport, was founded by the Bentley Boys. WO went on to design another Le Mans car, the Lagonda V12 and some of his design work was used in Aston Martin engines, i believe. WO was a very quiet and modest man who would never have sought an honour as big as the Hall of Fame for himself, but would felt very flattered had he received such a recognition. I should finally declare my involvement with WO. He was my step-grandfather, so i may be a bit biased, but have tried not to let that influence me. Thank you for giving me the chance to air my views

  123. Nick Mellor, 31 January 2014 21:03

    Ari vatanen, should be in the hall of fame, without doubt the fastest rally driver the world will ever see, he very nearly met his death, he came back to do, and win a record number of Paris dakar rallies, and the most viewed video on the internet, called the Gravel Dance on pikes peak. A totally amazing man ,

  124. Jan Gjaltema, 31 January 2014 22:17

    Of course the best of all , Joey Dunlop and big Dave Jefries

  125. Dave Cooper, 1 February 2014 18:12

    James Hunt? why? seems to me that the Hall of Fame is loosing what it should be about.

  126. TonySwinscoe, 6 February 2014 18:19

    Nominations for 2015
    Adrian Newey: World championship winning designer many times
    Hannu Mikkola: First European to win safari; London to Mexico twice and WRC 1983: He made an Escort dance
    Vic Elford: Sports Cars and Rally Car exponent
    Peter Brock: 9 times Bathurst winner, multiple ATCC winner: competitive in Europe

  127. Mike Byron, 16 February 2014 20:23

    Mike Costin would certainly be a worthy inductee, as of course would be his partner Keith Duckworth. I fully accept the argument that Mike has not always been given enough credit for Cosworth’s achievements which leads me to throw into the melting pot Wally Hassan who masterminded the Coventry Climax engines that did so much to establish Britain’s position in Grand Prix racing before the Cosworth era and he achieved this alongside the ‘normal’ business activities of Coventry Climax

  128. Simon Hird, 20 February 2014 23:16

    Gordon Murray after this months podcast, Ronnie Peterson because he is SuperSwede, Lord March because of Goodwood (so wonderful) and Sebastian Loeb because although he is French, he has been the greatest driver on the planet in the last decade.

  129. Marshall McDonagh, 28 February 2014 08:43

    I heartily second the proposal from Chris Pomfret that Bruce McLaren should have a place in this Hall of Fame. Who else
    contributed and achieved so much in Motorsport during his
    very short lifetime – quite incredible!

  130. Bernard Buss, 3 March 2014 21:40

    Is it not time to put Geoffrey Ernest Duke into the Hall of Fame.
    possibly one of the very greats of motorcycle racing, multi world champion. One of the greatest motor sport ambassadors.
    PLEASE give him consideration before it is too late.

    I would also say that Motorsport is the very best motoring magazine ever. Subscribed and bought the mag. For we’ll over 50 years.

  131. Peter Gruich, 10 March 2014 02:54

    Jimmy Murphy won the first international grand prix using “modern” technology such as hydraulic four wheel brakes and for that reason alone, not including the fact that he has the highest winning percentage of all Grand Prix drivers still today, should be in this Hall of Fame.

  132. Neil G, 4 April 2014 14:14

    Once again no Mike Hawtorn in 2014, when lesser drivers have been included, devalues the whole matter. World Champion and Le Mans winner amongst many other feats and all that on one failing kidney which terminated his career early. Which ever scoring system you use for the ’59 championship he would have beaten Moss and Brooks who were probably driving the superior car and he ended up having to discard points.

    Pleased to see Hunt, Prost and Braun included.

    Time to correct the error in 2015, although many feel it will be too late.

    I back Surtees for a knihghthood

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