February 10, 2010
We admit it, the concept is hardly a new one. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the United States has been well established since the mid-1980s. They are popular in sporting arenas too, but less so in the UK – and that got us thinking. If Motor Sport wanted to celebrate the heritage of racing while at the same time tipping its hat to contemporary stars, what better way than opening our own Hall of Fame?
But why now? Well, as regular readers will know we’ve been working hard to revitalise Motor Sport, rebuilding the reputation created by Denis Jenkinson and Bill Boddy as an important ‘voice’ on all motor racing matters. We like to think the magazine stands for excellence and independence for all free-thinking fans of our sport, and we believe the time is right to honour the great names in a way that will carry resonance and respect around the world.
Now, we make magazines and have no interest in moving into the construction industry. Our Hall of Fame won’t be a physical entity. Rather, it will be an exclusive club for the greatest, fastest and most influential figures in our sport. In time, we hope it becomes a byword for recognised brilliance and achievement.
We’re opening this virtual Hall of Fame on February 10 at the Roundhouse, one of London’s most popular venues for events and concerts. In front of an invited audience, eight founding members will be named – the ‘pillars’ of our Hall of Fame, if you like. These eight are figures from motor racing history who are the most obvious to be included in such a club. So obvious, in fact, that they are beyond being inducted. They’re in from the start, even if some must be included posthumously. There’s a clue to their identities in our Hall of Fame logo on this page…
Joining the founding members will be the first four inductees, who will take their place in the Hall of Fame on the night. We’ll keep you guessing on the quartet for now.
Typically for Motor Sport, we’ll try to pop any hint of pomposity. This will be no ‘black tie’ dinner. Rather, a stylish celebration of racing complete with live music, fine wine and good conversation ahead of the new season.
Would you like to join us on February 10? If so, we are offering five pairs of tickets to subscribers via our website. All you’ll need is your subscriber number to enter the lottery and the names will be drawn on January 31. Click on www.motorsportmagazine.co.uk to enter now.