World champions among ‘famous five’ inducted into Hall of Fame
26 February 2013
Three F1 world champions, one of the sport's great engineering brains and arguably the best sportscar driver of all time were this year's choice to enter that Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame.
For the first time in its short history, the induction evening was held at London's Royal Opera House, where the Paul Hamlyn Hall was graced with some of the biggest names to have worked and raced in F1 as places in the hall were bestowed upon Niki Lauda, Damon Hill, Graham Hill, Colin Chapman and eight-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen.
As well as those being inducted, racing names including Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Jody Scheckter, John Watson, Jackie Oliver, Martin Brundle, Stefano Domenicali, David Richards, Allan McNish and Steve Parrish were in the audience, along with celebrities from the worlds of television and entertainment.
Lauda, a three-time F1 championship winner, who received his award from Jack Heuer and Piero Ferrari, admitted that he was 'very delighted and highly honoured' to have been inducted, while 1996 champion Hill was humbled to have been invited into the Hall at the same time as his father.
“Motor Sport magazine's Hall of Fame is already a highly prestigious institution, [and] I know the entire Hill family is delighted to have not one but two family members inducted at once. It's another Hill first!”
The third generation of Hill family racers, F3 aspirant Josh, was on stage to honour his grandfather's inclusion in the select group of inductees.
Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin, also paid tribute to his father, as well as those who worked for him during his innovative time in the top flight.
“The Chapman family is proud that Colin Chapman's achievements continue to be recognised and celebrated,” he noted, “We salute the hundreds of Team Lotus personnel whose ability and dedication enabled him to achieve so much.”
Kristensen, the only non-F1 fraternity member inducted this year, flirted with the grand prix scene without ever starting a race, but went on to make his name in endurance competition, adding various titles and prestigious race wins to his record Le Mans haul.
“It's a great honour for me to receive this prestigious award from a magazine that is known around the world,” he acknowledged, “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.
“I've had fantastic times with two drivers here tonight, Allan [McNish] and Dindo [Capello], both on and off the track. Of course Audi Sport Team Joest has given us the car, engineers, technicians and strategy, everything that has combined to enable us to achieve our success.
“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.”
A unique charity auction staged on behalf of the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust accompanied the event, courtesy of Bonhams, and raised over £92,000.
Sky Sports F1 will show exclusive coverage from the event on Friday (1 March).