Reynard boss lands top UK industry award

Adrian Reynard, founder of the UK's largest and most successful volume racing car manufacturer, has received the Motorsport Industry Association's highest honour for his contribution to the industry

Reynard boss lands top UK industry award

In a ceremony held at the House of Lords in London on Monday evening, Reynard was honoured for The Most Outstanding Contribution To The UK Motorsport Industry. He joins a list of luminaries that includes soon-to-be-knighted Jackie Stewart, Ken Tyrrell, Bernie Ecclestone and the late Harvey Postlethwaite.

Reynard, who was also a founding partner in British American Racing and currently holds the position of technical development director, built his first racing car in 1973. In 1977, he formed Reynard Racing Cars with Rick Gorne, the company's designs dominating the European and British Formula Ford 2000 series just two years later.

The company's chassis still dominate the US-based Champ Car series and are mainstays of the Japanese Formula Nippon Championship. Reynard is also increasing its customer sportscar market share and supplies cars for a number of one-make single-seater series.

As well as two Indy 500 victories, six CART constructors' titles and five drivers' crowns, the Brackley-based firm has four British Formula 3 titles and seven International Formula 3000 Championship crowns. It has also received two Queen's Awards for Export Achievement.

Reynard, who received his award from the Minister for Sport Richard Caborn MP, said: "It's a great honour that I accept this award on behalf of the motor racing industry and most importantly the British motorsport industry.

"I always thought these awards were for old people. Sometimes this business has made me feel really old, so after 28 years I feel fully qualified to accept it.

"This is a very people-based industry and its critical that we all remain focussed on the future," he added. "We're not just here because of tradition and the past - we need to earn our right and earn our future. I know what it's like to be beaten, but it's really good fun getting back up there again."

Other attendees at the high-profile event included Stewart, John Surtees, Sir Stirling Moss, Ari Vatanen and Keith Duckworth.

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