After eight months and over 21,000 votes, we present your shortlist…
Mike Costin & Keith Duckworth
Thanks to their Cosworth DFV engine, Costin and Duckworth are two of the most important men not only in F1 but the whole of motor sport. Unmatched between 1967 and the early ’80s, the DFV powered 12 drivers to F1 titles in 14 years.
The record books in no way reflect the flair or talent of the Québecois – fate allowed him to shine brilliantly but only briefly. One of the most gifted, he could even play the perfect number two role. No surprise he made the final three.
Our Nige, Il Leone – Nigel Mansell might not have been to everyone’s taste, but for many he’s everything that was great about Formula 1. He did it the hard way, and would have won more titles had Lady Luck not been on the opposing side.
Sports car racing in the ’50s was hugely competitive, and Phil Hill was a gentle giant among the greats. He and Olivier Gendebien were the standard bearers, winning three Le Mans, and in 1961 he became the only driver to win
Le Mans and the Formula 1 world championship in the same year.
One of the underrated greats for many, but not for Motor Sport readers who know all about the humble Lancastrian’s formidable talent. He might not have won
Le Mans, but he won every other sports car race that mattered.
Frighteningly fast, reliable and enigmatic, yet known to all. Think the Brands Hatch 1000Kms in 1970, or thundering into Eau Rouge just a few weeks later – like Gilles, he had a knack for the spectacular. Truly, few could wrestle a 917 like Pedro.
With 26 TT wins in 25 visits, Joey Dunlop won more times on the Isle of Man than anyone else in history. That alone is reason enough for his inclusion in the final three. He will forever be considered a legend.
Hailwood was one of the greatest on two wheels, and more than handy on four. Winner of nine world championships, including both 250cc and 350cc titles in 1966 and ’67, plus 14 TTs, he averaged a win every other race on the world stage – and that in an era as deadly as any.
An icon of ’70s sport, he defined the era along with James Hunt. He was a normal Londoner who conquered the world, twice. In 1976 he won five of the first seven Grands Prix, wrapped up the title and promptly went on holiday. As cool as they come.
Perhaps not as naturally talented as some of his peers, but one of the toughest to beat. If it had four wheels and an engine Donohue could turn it into a winner. And he also won in IROC, when everyone had the same cars, cementing his status as a genuine great.
The toughest of them all, AJ Foyt’s career is more varied than many realise. He’s the only driver to win the Indy 500, Le Mans, and both Daytona’s showpiece events – the 24 Hours and the 500. First to win four Indy 500s, he took five USAC titles in eight years.
The Captain’s eponymous racing team is an American institution with victories in every major four-wheel category, including F1. He and Mark Donohue formed a formidable partnership in the ’60s and ’70s, and Penske is still winning titles 50 years on.
Surtees collection to go on display
The Hall of Fame’s official charity partner, the Henry Surtees Foundation (HSF) has confirmed it will be providing three vehicles from its collection to be shown at the event this June. Headlining the HSF display will be the MV Agusta on which the late John Surtees dominated the 1960 500cc world championship. Having already spent four seasons with Count Agusta’s marque, 1960 was the last of Surtees’s two-wheel campaigns and he finished it in style by winning the 500 and 350cc titles.
Also on display will be a kart from Henry Surtees’s early career and the Formula 2 Surtees TS10 that won the 1972 Japanese GP with Surtees Sr behind the wheel. Mike Hailwood took a similar car to that season’s European F2 Championship title.
Hall of Fame guest list builds
Motor Sport is delighted to welcome rally legend Ari Vatanen, Brian Redman, Freddie Spencer, John Watson, Jo Ramirez and David Richards onto the guest list of this year’s Hall of Fame. Jackie Oliver, Murray Walker, Paul Hollywood, Freddie Hunt and James Toseland are also confirmed as guests.
Subaru backs sports car category
Best remembered in motor sport circles for its gold-wheeled World Rally Championship Imprezas, Subaru has joined the Hall of Fame as this year’s sports car category sponsor.
The Impreza Turbo burst onto the scene in 1992 and rapidly became the must-have for all budding rally drivers. It also became a cult car for its ability to embarrass more exotic machinery on twisting roads.
Subaru’s place in the record books was sealed with World Rally Championship titles for Hall of Fame inductee Colin McRae in 1995 and Richard Burns in 2001.
The Japanese manufacturer made its mark on the racetrack in 2016, finishing fourth in its inaugural British Touring Car Championship season. With its legendary flat-four ‘boxer’ sat low in the chassis and a formidable all-wheel-drive system, driving pleasure remains at the heart of Subaru’s DNA.
Subaru’s first World Rally Car-spec Impreza will be sold during H&H Classics’ Woodcote Park Auction, in partnership with the Motor Sport Hall of Fame, on June 6. On the evening of June 5 there is a chance to run the rule over the cars ahead of the auction, during a preview drinks event at the Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park.