The Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres has announced a fitting memorial to much-missed racer Gerard McCosh – renaming its Masters Award to the ‘Gerard McCosh Napoleon Award’.
Presented to the best performing driver in the Masters division at the end of each Legends Cars race day, the re-naming of the award is a poignant tribute to the Scottish racer who tragically lost a lengthy battle with cancer in early February.
Undoubtedly one of the most loved and respected drivers in the paddock, the 67-year-old’s passing has left a notable void on the Legends Cars community.
The ‘Napoleon’ aspect of the award’s new name is a reference to Gerard’s famed mascot which always brought a smile to the faces of competitors and fans alike. His illustrious passenger, a pink pig cuddly toy, was arguably one of the most notable faces in UK motorsport.
In addition to the award, the championship has also confirmed that Gerard’s favoured No.69 will be retired from use in the Legends Cars National Championship – another move to acknowledge and honour the popular racer.
“It’s only right and proper we do something in Gerard’s memory, and specifically something which keeps his name part of the Legends Cars National Championship,” said Legends owner Phil Cooper. “Gerard was a larger than life character and someone who always made people smile. Quite simply, a wonderful sportsman and a true gentleman.
“While it is obviously tinged with great sadness, I am delighted to confirm the winner of the Masters class from every round will now receive the Gerard McCosh Napoleon Award. As well as that, we have decided to retire his famous ‘69’ from use in the Legends Cars as a further mark of respect and way of honouring our much-missed friend.”