Wednesday, January 4, 2023

A Brief Glimpse at the storied Segrave trophy

And some of it’s Amazing Winners…


The Segrave Trophy was created in Honour of Sir Henry Segrave, following His Death in 1930. When His widow Lady Doris, (Stocker) a British Actress He married in October, 1917 had the trophy commissioned to Honour Her Husband’s legacy.


The trophy is Awarded for “Outstanding Skill, Courage and Initiative on Land, Sea or In the Air: The Spirit of Adventure.” And is presented by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) of Great Britain.


As the winner’s list of the Segrave trophy beginning in 1930 reads like a veritable Who’s Who of Great Britain Motorsports and Aviation Acilites. With Major Sir Malcolm Campbell becoming the first Double recipient in 1933 and 1939. Then for five years there was No award due to World War II! Whilst the trophy is not necessarily awarded yearly, if the RAC feels nobody has done enough for recognition…


A partial list of other British luminaries to win the Segrave trophy include: John cobb in 1947. And Sir Malcolm’s son Donald Campbell is the only Four times winner, i.e.; 1955, 1958, 1964 and then posthumously in 1966.


Another of the four Posthumous winners was Bruce McLaren in 1969.


Sir Stirling Moss won twice. First in 1957 and later in 2005, the latter for lifetime achievement.

  While the Wee Scot Sir Jackie’, aka JYS or simply Jackie Stewart also won twice. First in 1973 when becoming the then most successful Grands Prix winner, and later in 1999, also for lifetime achievement.


Scooters’ legend Barry Sheene won in 1977 and then a second time in ’84. Mike “The Bike” Hailwood won in 1979. Steve Webster was awarded the trophy in 1991 and Carl Fogarty claimed it in ’94.  Whilst John surtees won in 2012, being the only person to ever win a World Championship on both two wheels and four!


Richard Noble, who inspired this story. Won the trophy in 1983 for setting the then Land Speed record aboard Thrust 2 at an amazing 633.468mph! And then Noble’s protge Andy Green won the trophy when piloting Thrust SSC to the current Land Speed Record of 763.065mph. When becoming the first ever to Break the Speed of Sound on land!


Whilst Richard Franson was awarded the Seagrave trophy in ’86 for His Virgin Atlanticchallenger Sailing “Slooo” that He’d hoped to break the Atlantic crossing record with.  


And Martin BillyBob’ Brundle won in 1988, the year that He won the World sports Car championship driving for Tom Walkinshaw’s Werks’ Silk Cut Jaguar concern. Also having won that year’s 24 Hours of Daytona.


Brundle would go onto later win le 24 Heurs du Mans also for TWR Jaguar in ’90. The same year He earned His nickname of BillyBob’ when winning the Cleveland Burke Lakefront round of the International Race Of Champions, (IROC) where He finished third Overall…


Bloody Nige’, aka Red 5 or Il Lione’, ergo Nigel Mansell was the first recipient to win the Segrave trophy Back-to Back. Naturally in 1992-93, the same two years He became the only Driver to win the Formula 1 World Championship and PPG CART/IndyCar World series consecutively!


Although Nige shared His ’92 trophy with former Boss Sir Frank Williams.


The late Colin McRae netted the trophy in ’95 followed by Damon Hill a year later. With Lewis Hamilton taking the Honour during His F1 Rookie season in ’07. With Ye Scottish Terrier Allan McNish winning for the first time in 2008. Followed by a second trophy in 2013.


Adrian Newey won the trophy in 2010 for  being the only F1 Designer winning the Formula 1 Drivers and Constructors World Championships with three separate teams, i.e.; Williams, McLaren and Red Bull.


Billy Monger at Age 20, the youngest Segrave trophy recipient, was rightly awarded the Honour in 2018. As you may know that Monger’s a Double Amputee and won the Award for showing Great Determination and Courage in returning to High level of Motorsports.


While our second consecutive winner is the unknown to Mwah James Ketchell in 2019-20.


And that’s with No Disrespect at All even remotely intended by All of the amazing Aviators to be awarded this prestigious trophy! With Charles Kingsford-Smith being the inaugural winner. Whilst it’s Sad that only five women have ever won the trophy in it’s 93 years existence. Beginning rightly with English Aviatrix Amy Johnson in 1932 for Her record breaking flight from London to Cape Town…