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Frank Williams awarded Tom Wheatcroft trophy 29 Aug 2008

Frank Williams receives the Tom Wheatcroft trophy, Grove, UK, 28 August 2008. © Williams Williams core personnel (L to R): Frank Dernie (GBR) designer, Patrick Head (GBR) designer and Frank Williams (GBR) team manager were on hand to witness Williams' first drivers World Championship with Alan Jones (AUS). Canadian Grand Prix, Rd 13, Montreal, Canada, 28 September 1980. World © Phipps/Sutton Tom Wheatcroft (GBR) Donington Park owner with a 1956 Mercedez-Benz 300SLR Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows cars arrive at Donington, Donington GP Museum, Donington, England. 26th June 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Frank Williams and Nigel Mansell (GBR) Williams FW11B Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, 31 May 1987. World © Sutton

Frank Williams was awarded the Tom Wheatcroft trophy on Thursday in recognition of his contribution to world motorsport. The trophy was presented to the Williams’ team principal by the Wheatcroft family at a ceremony at the team's UK headquarters.

Inspired by his father’s involvement in motorsport, Tom’s son Kevin established the Tom Wheatcroft trophy in 2002 to recognise personalities who have made significant contributions to the motorsport world and industry. Since its inauguration, names such as Murray Walker, Professor Sid Watkins and Bernie Ecclestone have all been honoured with the award, while Williams receives the trophy from its 2007 recipient, Sir Stirling Moss.

“When I heard that I was to receive the award, I was truly honoured," said Frank Williams. "To join the list of formidable recipients of the Tom Wheatcroft trophy is a rare privilege. I’ve never forgotten the wet race at Donington in 1993, not so much for the thrashing that Ayrton gave us, but for the fact that the race was privately funded by Tom, driven by his love and enthusiasm for the motor racing.”

Kevin Wheatcroft added: “It is an honour to be giving the trophy to Frank today. All the recipients of the Tom Wheatcroft trophy have a long history in the sport and have made a considerable contribution to the industry. This trophy is our way of giving something back; it’s a heartfelt thank you to the people that make the sport what it is.”

The trophy itself represents an historic racing car steering wheel mounted on a sculptural interpretation of the Grand Prix car driven by Wheatcroft’s protege, Roger Williamson. Just a few of Tom Wheatcroft’s achievements as team owner, constructor and owner of Donington Park and Grand Prix Collection are illustrated on the trophy.