On Saturday 17 February, Dialogue attended the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) annual Championships Awards Evening. Held in Daventry, the ceremony saw the heroes of the 2017 season come together to celebrate their achievements.
The Awards Evening, which Dialogue sponsors, culminated in the BARC and its Council awarding Bernie Ecclestone with its highest award, a BARC Gold Medal. The medal is awarded for outstanding achievement in motor racing. Previous medal winners include Lewis Hamilton, Christian Horner, Ron Dennis and Allan McNish.
Ecclestone originally entered the world of motorsport in 1949 as a Formula Three competitor, becoming a manager of drivers such as Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt before buying the Brabham team in 1972.
He became a member of the Formula One Constructors’ Association and later its chief executive in 1978. Ecclestone revolutionised the sport by securing a pioneering sale of its television rights and remains involved in Formula One as Chairman Emeritus of the Formula One Group.
After the awards ceremony, the Dialogue team joined award winners on the dance floor as eight-strong brass band The Sally Army played into the early hours.
BARC Chairman Tony Scott-Andrews said: “It is not every year that we award someone with a Gold Medal, but when we do it is somebody that truly deserves it and is recognised for their hard work. Bernie has helped push motorsport to the global audience and has done a lot for the Club down the years, too. He is immensely deserving of this accolade.”
An exclusive video interview with Bernie Ecclestone was shown at the BARC Championships Awards Evening and can be viewed on BARC TV.