The price of fame

AUSSIE MOTORSPORT HALL OF FAME'S FALSE START?

THE GRAND PRIX weekend in Melbourne saw thirty of Australian motorpsort’s best and brightest inducted into an inaugural Hall of Fame, overseen by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS). Inductees included household names such as Sir Jack Brabham, Mick Doohan, Alan Jones, Troy Bayliss and Casey Stoner alongside Bathurst icons such as Peter Brock, Dick Johnson, Colin Bond and Allan Moffat.

Designed to be as inclusive as possible, the inductees also included luminaries from speedway, rally, karting, drag racing, off-road racing, land speed and even administrative services.

As much as anything, it was the names that were omitted that got tongues wagging. No recognition for Ron Tauranac, the design and engineering genius behind Brabham and Ralt? Keeping it in the family, how about David Brabham, Le Mans winner, 24 Hours of Spa victor and American Le Mans Series champ in 2009 and 2010?

Vern Schuppan, Mark Skaife, Larry Perkins – they all had a valid shout. Hall of Fame chairman Garry Connelly conceded there were many worthy individuals who should have been included in the inaugural induction but claimed that it was impossible to honour more than 30 people appropriately in one evening. Maybe next year.