Mike Hawthorn, World's Number One Racing car driver, was presented with the Royal Automobile club's award - the Plaque of Honour - in London on October 29.
TRANSCRIPT: "Now if I may call you Mike Hawthorn..."
"... the R.A.C. has controlled motor racing in this country since the very early days."
"To have produced a British car which on the tracks of the world..."
"...I'm honoured tonight to have been presented with this medal."
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SPORT: MOTOR RACE
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Background: Mike Hawthorn, World's Number One Racing car driver, was presented with the Royal Automobile club's award - the Plaque of Honour - in London on October 29. Mr. Wilfred Andrews, Chairman of R.A.C. made the presentation and said.....
Hawthorn, who just pipped Stirling Moss in the World Championship Competition, replied.....
Another award was made, this time to Tony Vandervell, the Vanwall racing car builder. He was presented with a medal for his outstanding success in this year's Grand Prix events. Vanwalls took top honours in six of these major races.
These awards were made soon after the announcement by the International Racing Committee that from January 1961 all formula one Grand Prix racing shall be restricted to cars with one-and-a-half litre. The present limit, in which Vanwalls have made their mark, is two-and-a-half litres.
Racing enthusiasts are of the opinion that this step is aimed at the successful British cars and drivers. Mike Hawthorn described it as the "most retrograde step ever". Stirling Moss hoped that he would have to do some strong thinking about continuing in big-time racing.