Thirty Australian legends formed the inaugural inductee group with the iconic names sharing 29 World Championships and 50 Australian Championships.
The Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame is an initiative from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
Australian legends from Formula 1, circuit racing, Speedway, Rallying, off-road, drag racing, karting and motorcycling formed part of the inaugural group.
The gala affair took place last night in Melbourne over the Formula 1 Rolex Australian grand Prix weekend and was attended by 500 family and friends of inductees, industry identities and motorsport enthusiasts.
The emotion in the room was raw with many stories of days gone by being regaled by the inductees – or those accepting on behalf of those who have departed us.
One of the most emotional moments came with the final inductee – 1980 Formula 1 World Champion, Alan Jones being presented with a replica of his FIA World Championship Trophy by Clare Williams – the daughter of Sir Frank Williams and Deputy Team Principal, Williams Formula 1. The original trophy was stolen from Jones’ collection many years ago.
Reigning FIA Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton made a surprise appearance and paid tribute to the role of Australia’s heroes in the development of the sport internationally.
Current FIA World Endurance Champion Mark Webber surprised his friend - three times F.I.M. World Speedway Champion, Jason Crump by presenting him on stage with his induction medal.
The induction included many of Australia’s best known World Champions, including Sir Jack Brabham, Mick Doohan, Jason Crump, Troy Bayliss and Casey Stoner, among others.
Chairman of the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame Garry Connelly was ecstatic with the evening and the representation of the sport across the board.
“Never before have the icons of Australian motorsport been showcased in such a spectacular fashion,” said Connelly. “To have 30 worthy inductees across every single discipline of the sport in this country represented in one room is a special feeling.”
The full list of inductees
Sir Jack Brabham - 3 time Formula 1 World Champion
Alan Jones - 1980 Formula 1 World Champion
Phil Irving - Designer, Repco Formula 1 World Champion Engine
Harry Firth - Bathurst Champion, patriarch, Holden Dealer Team
Bob Jane - Bathurst and Australian Touring Car Champion, Australian NASCAR founder, circuit owner
Peter Brock - 9 Times Bathurst 1000 Champion, 3 time Australian Touring Car Champion
Dick Johnson - 5 Time Australian Touring Car Champion and three time Bathurst 1000 victor
Allan Moffat - 4 time Australian Touring Car and 4 time Bathurst 1000 winner
Frank Matich - Australian Open-Wheel and Motorsport Engineering icon
Lionel van Praag - 1936 World Speedway Champion - the first motorsport World Champion
Jack Young - 2 time World Speedway Champion
Jason Crump - 3 times World Speedway Champion
Kel Carruthers - 1969 250cc World Champion, Isle of Man 250TT Champion
Wayne Gardner - 1987 500cc World Champion
Mick Doohan - 5 times 500cc World Champion
Casey Stoner - 2 time MotoGP World Champion
Gregg Hansford - 10 times Grand Prix winner, Bathurst 1000 (touring car) winner
Troy Bayliss - 3 times World Superbike Champion
Stephen Gall - 5 times Australian Motocross Champion, 4 times Mr. Motocross, Australian Speedcar Champion
Jeff Leisk - World Junior Motocross Champion, 2 times Australian Motocross Champion
Ray Revell - 5 times Australian Speedcar Champion
Garry Rush - 10 times Australian Sprintcar Champion
‘Gelignite’ Jack Murray - REDeX Trial winner, London to Sydney Marathon pioneer
Colin Bond - 3 times Australian Rally Champion, Bathurst 500 Champion, Australian Touring Car Champion
Ross Dunkerton - 5 times Australian Rally Champion, Asia-Pacific Rally Champion
James Courtney - 2 times World Karting Champion, V8 Supercars Champion
Ash Marshall - Australian Drag Racing Pioneer
Mark Burrows - 7 Australian Off-Road Championships, 5 Finke Desert Race wins
Norman ‘Wizard’ Smith - Australian Land Speed Record Pioneer
Donald Kingsley Thompson - Co-Founder & inaugural President, Confederation of Australian Motor Sport