Tonight, July 2, Dr Adrian Reynard was honoured for his work as the proprietor of Britain's largest and most successful racing car manufacturer. In a ceremony held at The House of Lords, Adrian Reynard received the MIA* Award for 'The Most Outstanding Contribution To The UK Motorsport Industry.' Previous recipients of the Award include Sir Jackie Stewart, Ken Tyrrell, Bernie Ecclestone and the late Harvey Postlethwaite (posthumously).
Adrian Reynard built his first racing car in 1973, and has since been the creator of, or has been closely involved with, the design of every Reynard car. Having completed his studies at Oxford Polytechnic, Adrian Reynard became CEO of Sabre Automotive/Reynard Racing Cars in 1977 - just two years later his cars won both the European and British Formula Ford 2000 Championships.
His company, which was a founding partner in British American Racing (Adrian Reynard being BAR's Technical Development Director), has recorded many notable accomplishments, including receiving the Queen's Award for Export Achievement twice, winning the British Formula Three Championship four times, the International F3000 series seven times and designing two Indianapolis 500 winners. Reynards have also won the Japanese F3000 Series four times.
Further achievements include, in 1995, domination of the PPG IndyCar World Series, when Reynard took the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships, as well as winning the Indianapolis 500. - 2 - Adrian Reynard was awarded the Sir Henry Royce Gold Medal for Excellence in Engineering in 1992, while in 1997 he was elected a companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Today, Reynard's Special Projects Division acts as a consultancy to Ford and Chrysler in the United States and Honda and Toyota in Japan. It has carried out design work on the Ford Mondeo Touring Car, Panoz GT and Strathcarron sports car.
In 1999 Adrian Reynard was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and last year he was appointed Visiting Professor in Motorsport Design to Oxford Brookes University.
The MIA Award was presented by the Rt Hon. Richard Caborn MP, Minister of State for Sport, in front of more than 300 distinguished guests.
The attendees at the event, which was supported by Rockingham Motor Speedway and Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), included MPs and Peers of the Realm. Among the motorsport personalities were John Surtees OBE, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Ari Vatanen MEP and Keith Duckworth OBE.
In his speech, Adrian Reynard paid tribute to everyone who had supported him and his company over the years, and thanked all those in the UK motorsport industry who had bestowed the Award upon him.
*MIA - the Motorsport Industry Association - is the government-recognised trade body that supports, promotes and provides a voice for Britain's pre-eminent motorsport industry