2013 Motorsport Magazine Inducts "Famous Five" Into Hall of Fame
“Famous Five” Join Motorsport's Honour List
Regrettably, I'm not referring to Dick, Julian, Anne, George and, of course, Timmy the dog.
Rather, these are five big names in the world of motor sport: Niki Lauda, Damon Hill, Graham Hill, Tom Chapman and Tom Kristensen.
In a grand ceremony on Monday 25 February, the five were inaugurated into the highest possible echelons of esteem in the world of motorsport – the hallowed heights of the Motorsport magazine Hall of Fame.
Their annual Hall of Fame event was this year held, for the very first time, at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
During an illustrious evening of glittering pageantry hosted by Sky Sports F1 HD presenters Natalie Pinkham and Simon Lazenby, hands were shook and speeches were made in abundance.
1996 FIA Formula One World Championship winner Damon Hill commented: “Motorsport magazine’s Hall of Fame is already a highly prestigious institution. I know the entire Hill family is delighted to have not one but TWO family members inducted at once. It’s another Hill first!
"And with a third racing Hill, in Josh, on stage to honour his grandfather, our cup of recognition will have spilled over by the end of the evening.”
Also drinking from the cup of recognition was Clive Chapman – son of Lotus founder Colin. He paid tribute to his father, saying: “The Chapman family is proud that Colin Chapman’s achievements continue to be recognised and celebrated.
"We salute the hundreds of Team Lotus personnel whose ability and dedication enabled him to achieve so much.”
Finally, Danish racing driver Tom Kristensen said: "It's a great honour for me to receive this prestigious award from a magazine that is known around the world.
“Sportscar endurance racing is a ‘team’ sport and I have been very fortunate to drive for the very best teams and to share a car with fantastic co-drivers and so in this respect, this award is for them just as much as me.
“It would be remiss of me not to mention my father, Carl Erik, who gave me the encouragement and advice at the beginning of my career. I owe him, and of course my lovely family, absolutely everything.”
In attendance at the event and adding to the almost overwhelming sense of glamorous grandeur by their presence alone were such big names as Sir Sterling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker.
If you're not all awarded-out after the one-two punch of the Brits and the Oscars over the past few days, then know that you can catch footage of the 2013 Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame on Friday 1 March at 16:30 on Sky Sports F1 HD. There highlights from the awards will be broadcast as part of the hour-long F1 Show which is also set to cover the final pre-season test.
Not to be missed!