The late Barry Sheene has been inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in the UK this week.
Former world champion Fast Freddie Spencer presented the award to Sheene’s sister Margaret Smart and former engineer Martyn Ogborne.
The two-time world champion was selected for the honour from a list of 12 nominees by a public vote joining the likes of Valentino Rossi and John Surtees.
“It’s amazing to be awarded this. I’m thrilled to bits”, said Mrs Smart.
Mat Oxley from Motor Sport Magazine says the accolade was well deserved.
“Sheene was very brave and very hard-working, had the right people around him, and the ability to make things happen. He was also one of those people who lit up a room – he was a performer.”
Barry Sheene won the 500cc world championships in 1976 and 1977 and passed away in 2003 after a short battle with cancer.