An Hon­our for Eoin Young

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At the re­cent Mo­tor­sport New Zealand Con­fer­ence, our very own Eoin Young was one of five added to the Mo­tor­Sport New Zealand Honours Roll with a His­toric Her­itage Award. The ci­ta­tion reads...

“He started writ­ing un­der the name “Dip­stick” in the late 1950s – and is still at it. He is prob­a­bly the most widely read New Zealan­der on any sub­ject in his­tory. He left Ti­maru for the UK in 1963 – a year later he was work­ing for Bruce McLaren and was a found­ing di­rec­tor of his team. His col­umn in Au­tosport be­gan in 1967 and ran for 30 years. Eoin Young lived the dream of so many Ki­wis. If you couldn’t drive, de­sign or fix rac­ing cars, what could be bet­ter than trav­el­ling the world writ­ing about them? Along the way he pushed the ca­reers of many young Kiwi racers.”

Wally Will­mott was an­other re­cip­i­ent and the for­mer Cooper and McLaren me­chanic who worked along­side Eoin at the be­gin­ning of the McLaren team is still ac­tively in­volved in the sport, work­ing with For­mula Ford cham­pion Jamie Con­roy.

It was a good night for any­one born in Ti­maru, as Ernie Sprague, one of the best known driv­ers from the 60s and 70s, was sim­i­larly re­warded, as were Paul Fa­hey and Dick Ben­netts. A most wor­thy group to fi­nally be recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tions to the sport here and around the world.

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