Legends of motorsport set to be honoured
Bermuda’s four motorsports national governing bodies are set to honour those who have made outstanding contributions to karting, street biking, dirt biking and powerboat racing.
Five nominees from each clubs will be inducted into the inaugural Bermuda Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Hamilton Princess Trudeau Room on Saturday night.
It is hoped the hall of fame will help preserve the history of motorsports on the island and recognise those who have made a major difference to their clubs.
Nominees must have been a club founder, race-team owner, volunteer, mechanic, committee member or motorsports advocate, as well as having served their clubs for a minimum of five years.
The idea is the brainchild of Scott Barnes, the former BKC president, who said the celebration gala will be held biennially, with the four clubs nominating two inductees each year.
“Motocross and powerboats are the oldest clubs [on the island] so they had the toughest job of picking five names,” Barnes said.
“The hardest obstacle is that this is the starting point; everyone is a bit like, ‘What about this person, or what about that person’.
“I’m sure there are lots of people who need and deserve to be in [the hall of fame]. It’s hard to start with just five, but there’s no point making it a one-time thing and inducting everybody in the first year.”
Barnes added that the organisers hoped to establish a physical version of the hall of fame rather than it simply be an abstract sense.
“Our next step is to find a physical place to actually have this hall of fame. We’re working on something now. It would be a way to gather all the archives and the history of the clubs”.
Takera Dill, the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club president, believes it is important for Bermuda’s motorsports history “to be told accurately and celebrated”.
She added: “It’s been fun learning about each other’s clubs and it should be an amazing night for everyone.
“It’s very rare for all four clubs get together unless it’s an expo.
“This holds more weight because we’re delving back into our history. One of the inductees has been involved with all four clubs and we believe that’s something that should be recognised.”