17 February 2011
Elite racing quartet inducted to Hall of Fame
Sir Frank Williams joined two F1 world champions and a Scot making it big in the USA in being inducted to Motor Sport magazine's Hall of Fame.
Current F1 team boss Sir Frank Williams was among the four names added to motor racing's Hall of Fame alumni in a ceremony in London this week, along with world champions Sir Jack Brabham and Jody Scheckter and Indycar ace Dario Franchitti.
Motor Sport Magazine paid tribute to the four inspirational icons at The Roundhouse in Camden, inducting them into the Hall alongside Mario Andretti, Tony Brooks, Jacky Ickx and Ron Dennis, who were all named at last year's ceremony, and founding members Enzo Ferrari, Tazio Nuvolari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
The quartet were all honoured with achievement awards in front of a star studded audience at the event, which was staged in association with TAG Heuer, with Sir Stirling Moss and legendary commentator Murray Walker among those making presentations.
Collecting the award on behalf of Sir Jack Brabham was son David, with Moss making the presentation to his past racing comrade. Brabham Sr won three F1 World Championships - in 1959, 1960 and 1966 - and the only man to ever win the drivers' title in one of his own cars, as he was the founder of the highly successful Brabham racing team. He is currently the oldest surviving champion, but is too ill to travel extensively.
Walker continued proceedings by poignantly announcing Sir Frank Williams as an inductee, talking fondly about the endless passion and commitment to grand prix racing that the founder of the WilliamsF1 team has shown since the late Sixties, while 1979 champion Scheckter had his honour bestowed by the CEO of TAG Heuer, Jean-Christophe Babin and five-time GP winner John Watson. South African Scheckter enjoyed a sensational career which included stints at McLaren, Tyrrell, Wolf and, most successfully, Ferrari. He was the last driver to win an individual championship for the Prancing Horse until Schumacher did so 21 years later.
“Number one, I must remind myself not to let my ego get the better of me, because this is an amazing magic," Williams commented, "It is an honour, something I will try not to brag about.”
Completing the line-up was three-time IndyCar Series champion Franchitti. Highly respected for all his achievements in America, the Scot - a cousin of new Force India F1 driver Paul di Resta - is also a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and undoubtedly Britain's most successful motor racing export to the United States.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, owner-turned-pundit Eddie Jordan and erstwhile Hispania Racing driver Karun Chandhok were among the F1 figures in attendance on the night, and were joined by celebrity fans including chef James Martin, musicians Chris Rea and Nick Mason and DJ Johnnie Walker.
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