TT JOHN GETS GONG
Road racing’s finest presented with RAC Segrave Trophy ‘He is the greatest living exponent of the TT with 23 wins to his name’
sle of Man TT superstar John Mcguinness has been awarded the Segrave Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club for his “outstanding contribution to motorcycle road and circuit racing, including setting the outright lap record at the 2015 Isle of Man TT.” The citation continued: “He is the greatest living exponent of the TT, with 23 victories to his name.”
The Segrave Trophy is named after British pilot and pre-war racing driver, Sir Henry Segrave, the first man to hold both land and water speed records, though he lost his life in 1930 while attempting to set another water record. The Trophy is awarded for ‘outstanding skill, courage and initiative on land, water and in air – the Spirit of Adventure’.
Speaking at the awards Tom Purves,
IChairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: “It is our honour to salute John’s career and his remarkable success, particularly at the Isle of Man TT where he became the first rider to achieve an average speed of over 130mph and, in 2015, set a new outright lap record of 132.701 mph.
“Lady Segrave commissioned the Trophy in 1930, soon after her husband died after breaking the water speed record on Lake Windermere. John’s bravery and speed are the exact quali- ties Lady Segrave wished to celebrate.”
Mcguinness said: “I’m very honoured to receive this prestigious award. It’s something a little different and I’m in good company when you look at the motorcycling greats who have previously received this. I have massive respect for everyone who has been a part of its history and I am so proud to now have my name alongside some of my heroes.”
The Trophy is only awarded if the Segrave Nominations Committee judge there to be a suitable recipient that meets the criteria of the award, and has been awarded eight times to motorcycle racers, including Geoff Duke (1951), Barry Sheene (twice, in 1977 and 1984), Mike Hailwood (1979), Steve Webster (1991), Carl Fogarty (1994), Joey Dunlop (2000) and John Surtees (2012).