Bob Watson inducted into National Rally Hall of Fame.
On the evening of Tuesday February 26 I was granted the honour of being inducted into the National Rally Hall of Fame in the inaugural intake. This is my crowning achievement in over 50 years of involvement with the sport of rallying.
The award goes to those who have “consistently made an outstanding contribution to the sport in Australia including sporting performance, event organisation or promotion, or contribution as an official in any capacity”.
Thirteen people were inducted. They are (in alphabetical order), Neal Bates, Possum Bourne*, Garry Connelly, Ross Dunkerton, Harry Firth, John Large*, Gelignite Jack Murray*, George Shepheard, Tom Snooks, Doug Stewart, Donald K Thomson*, Ken Tubman*, Bob Watson.
(* - deceased)
What an honour to be grouped with those names! The presentation dinner was a great night, with over 200 people attending, including many legends of the sport. Congratulations to Paul Mullan, his wife Robyn and Katie Philps for putting together a wonderful occasion.
The Hall of Fame will be expanded with further inductees in the coming years, as there were many more candidates very close to being selected.