The Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame was inaugurated on the Saturday night of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix to finally recognise 30 of the country’s highest achievers, past and present, for their contributions to motorsport in this country.

At a lavish 500-guest black-tie gala dinner co-sponsored by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport, the country’s biggest stars from  Formula 1, circuit racing, speedway, rallying, off-road, drag racing, karting and motorcycling were honoured in what will become a fixture on the Australian motorsport calendar.

Between them, the night’s recipients had won a total of 29 World Championships and 50 national championship titles.

Alan Jones, Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame

1980 F1 champion Alan Jones has a quiet moment of reflection with his championship-winning Williams Fw07B.

Among the inductees were a number of the Australia’s most acclaimed touring car legends: the late great Peter Brock, retired driver and team co-owner Dick Johnson, Allan Moffat, racer-turned-entrepreneur Bob Jane, Colin Bond and James Courtney.

Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, fresh from claiming his fiftieth career F1 pole position earlier in the day at Albert Park, also made a surprise appearance at the event. Reigning FIA World Endurance Championship winner Mark Webber was another high-profile guest on the night.

The full list of inductees was as follows:


Formula 1

  • Sir Jack Brabham, AO, OBE – three-time Formula 1 World Champion (1959, 1960, 1966)
  • Alan Jones, MBE – Formula 1 World Champion (1980)
  • Phil Irving – designer of the Repco Formula 1 engine which powered the 1966 and 1967 World Championship title-winners

Circuit Racing

  • Colin Bond – three-time Australian Rally Champion (1971, 1972, 1974), Bathurst 500 winner (1969), Australian Touring Car Champion (1975)
  • Peter Brock, AM – nine-times Bathurst 1000 winner (1972, 1975, 1978-80, 1982-84, 1987), three-time Australian Touring Car Champion (1974, 1978, 1980)
  • James Courtney – two-time World Karting Champion (1995, 1997), British Formula Ford Champion (2000), All-Japan Formula 3 Champion (2003), V8 Supercars Champion (2010)
  • Henry ‘Harry’ Firth – Bathurst 500 winner (1961-62), Australian Rally Champion (1968), patriarch of the Holden Dealer Team
  • Robert ‘Bob’ Jane – Bathurst 500 winner (1961-62), four-time Australian Touring Car Champion (1962-63, 1971-72), Australian NASCAR founder, circuit owner
  • Dick Johnson – five-time Australian Touring Car Champion (1981-82, 1984, 1988-89) and three-time Bathurst 1000 winner (1981, 1989, 1994)
  • Frank Matich – four-time Australian Tourist Trophy winner (1964, 1966-68), Australian Drivers’ Champion (1972), founder of Matich
  • Allan Moffat, OBE – four-time Australian Touring Car champion (1973, 1976-77, 1983) and four-time Bathurst 1000 winner (1970-71, 1973, 1977)

Motorcycle Racing

  • Troy Bayliss – three-time Superbike World Championship winner (2001, 2006, 2008)
  • Kelvin ‘Kel’ Carruthers – 250cc World Champion (1969), two-time Isle of Man 250cc Tourist Trophy Champion (1969-70)
  • Jason Crump – three-time Speedway Grand Prix Champion (2004, 2006, 2009)
  • Michael ‘Mick’ Doohan, AM – five-time 500cc World Champion (1994-98)
  • Stephen Gall – five-time Australian Motocross Champion, four-time Mr. Motocross, Australian Speedcar Champion
  • Wayne Gardner, AM – 500cc World Champion (1987)
  • Gregory ‘Gregg’ Hansford – 10-time 250/350cc Grand Prix winner, Bathurst 1000 winner (1993)
  • Jeff Leisk – World Junior Motocross Champion, two-time Australian Motocross Champion
  • Casey Stoner, AM – two-time MotoGP World Champion (2007, 2011)
  • Lionel van Praag – World Speedway Champion (1936, the first World Championship motorsport title earned by any Australian)
  • Jack Young – two-time World Speedway Champion (1951-52)

Rallying

  • ‘Gelignite’ Jack Murray – REDeX Trial winner, London to Sydney Marathon pioneer
  • Ross Dunkerton – fivetime Australian Rally Champion (1975-77, 1979, 1983), two-time Asia-Pacific Rally Champion (1991-92)

Speedway Racing

  • Ray Revell – five-time Australian Speedcar Champion
  • Garry Rush – 10-time Australian Sprintcar Champion

Other

  • Mark Burrows – seventime Australian Off-Road Championships winner, five Finke Desert Race wins
  • Ash Marshall – Australian Drag Racing Pioneer
  • Norman ‘Wizard’ Smith – Australian Land Speed Record pioneer
  • Donald Kingsley Thompson – Co-Founder & inaugural President, CAMS

2016 Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame inductees

The 2016 Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame inductees

Images by George Hitchens Photography and reproduced with the permission of CAMS

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