An Honour for Eoin Young
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.