The British Automobile Racing Club Awards Evening made a triumphant return this past weekend (Saturday 26th February) as champions, officials and volunteers were honoured for their achievements during the 2021 season.
Rolling out the red carpet for the first time in two years – with the event last taking place just prior to the country going into lockdown in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic – more than 250 guests descended on the Old Thorns Hotel in Liphook for a momentous night of celebrations.
Swapping race suits and overalls for dinner jackets and ball gowns; drivers from the likes of Britcar Endurance, Classic Touring Cars, Ginetta, Caterham Graduates, Legends, British Truck Racing, Porsche GB – plus many more categories – were all in attendance and awarded prizes throughout the night.
Hosted by the superlative Alan Hyde, guests not only had the opportunity to look back on the year that was but also hear from BARC President The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, BARC Chairman Tony Scott Andrews and BARC Chief Executive Ben Taylor.
Both the Club’s President and Chairman played their part in a very special presentation to former Chief Executive Dennis Carter, who was awarded a BARC Gold Medal for his contribution to international and national motorsport, as well as the Club.
Presentations to Vickie MacClinton, Ian Watson and Dale Wells also took place before rapturous applause filled the room as the late Robert Foote was announced as the BARC Marshal of the Year.
Alongside the customary championship awards, a number of secret accolades were presented to unsuspecting winners on the night too.
Alex Tuson was the inaugural winner of the Trainee Marshal of the Year in memory of Peter Harris award whilst fellow marshal Chris Davenport scooped The Sir Clive Bossom Trophy after completing the most volunteering days in 2021.
Charlie Hand was a deserving winner of The Peter Collins Trophy, which is awarded to the most promising newcomer competing in a BARC championship, with Stuart Caie picking up the coveted Gerry Marshall Trophy.
Two-time Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres title winner Miles Rudman was the final secret award recipient as he was handed The President’s Cup after a flawless season which included 17 victories.
Finally, a grand total of £1680.00 was raised on the night for the raffle and donated to the BARC Marshal and Rescue Fund.