The Segrave Trophy

The Segrave Trophy is awarded to those with the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ for the outstanding demonstration of skill, courage and initiative in transportation on land, water or in the air.

The trophy is named after Sir Henry Segrave, the pioneering racing driver and first person to hold both the land and water world speed records simultaneously. In 1927 he became the first person to travel at over 200 mph in a land vehicle, setting the record in front of 30,000 onlookers at Daytona Beach in Florida. After increasing the record to 231ph in 1929, he turned his attention to becoming the fastest man on water. In setting a new record of 98mph at Lake Windermere in June 1930, his boat struck a piece of debris and, although Sir Henry was found alive in the water, he succumbed soon afterwards with his injuries. The trophy was commissioned by Lady Segrave in his memory.

Latest winner

In April 2021 the Segrave Trophy was awarded to British adventurer James Ketchell, for becoming the first person to perform an around-the-world gyroplane flight certified by the Guinness Book of Records.

Ketchell took off from Popham airfield in March 2019 and flew across Europe, the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska, then Canada. He landed in 49 mainland US states, before heading back across Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands to return to base 175 days and 24,000 nautical miles later.

“Most people think that a gyroplane is some sort of a helicopter, which would have made life a lot easier,” said Ketchell, explaining that his type of aircraft relies on an altogether different technology in which a combination of rotors generates the propulsion and lift. The sensation of being at the controls in the open cockpit is “much more like being in a flying motorcycle than it is a helicopter. It takes a lot of concentration and isn’t very comfortable.”

Previous winners

2018 – Billy Monger – For demonstrating exceptional courage and determination after great adversity. The award recognised the double amputee racing driver’s remarkable and inspiring return to racing after an horrific accident.

2017 – Sam Sunderland – For being the first Briton to win a Dakar Rally crown by winning the motorcycle category in 2017.

2015 – John McGuinness – For his outstanding contribution to motorcycle road and circuit racing, including setting the outright lap record at the 2015 Isle of Man TT.

2013 – Allan McNish – The first Briton to win the Tourist Trophy, the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship in the same season.

2012 – John Surtees OBE – For his outstanding career in two- and four-wheeled motor sport, including seven Motorcycle World Championship titles, culminating in the unique achievement of being the only man to win both a Motorcycle World Championship and a Formula One World Championship.

2011 – Dave Sykes – The first paraplegic pilot to fly from York to Sydney in a microlight aircraft, completing the journey in 257 hours.

2010 – Adrian Newey OBE – For winning Formula One drivers’ and constructors’ World Championships with three teams: Williams-Renault, McLaren-Mercedes and Red Bull-Renault.

2009 – Paul Bonhomme – As Britain’s first champion in the Red Bull Air Race.

2008 – Allan McNish – For exceptional endeavour in motor sport.

2007 – Lewis Hamilton MBE – For unprecedented achievements in his debut season in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

2005 – Sir Stirling Moss – For his lifetime of achievement in all forms of motor sport, and his service to the sport. The Segrave Medal was also awarded to Lady Moss for her vital role in supporting Sir Stirling.

2003 – Brian Lecomber – For his career of more than 20 years as a leading airshow pilot, and journalist and communicator on aerobatics and record breaking.

2002 – Steve Curtis MBE – For winning as throttleman in the World, European and Pole Position championships in offshore powerboat racing. The Segrave Certificate of Achievement was also awarded, to Bjørn Rune Gjelsten, for winning as Pilot 1 Driver in the same three championships.

2001 – Tim Ellison – For the first circumnavigation flight by a disabled pilot. The Segrave Medal was also awarded to Mark Wilkinson for his support to Tim Ellison’s remarkable achievements.

2000 – William Joseph (‘Joey’) Dunlop OBE – Awarded posthumously in recognition of a career of unrivalled achievement in the Isle of Man TT.

1999 – Sir Jackie Stewart – For lifetime services to motor sport.

1998 – Brian Milton – For becoming the first person to circumnavigate the world in a microlight.

1997 – Wing Commander Andy Green OBE – For raising the land speed record to 763.065mph at Black Rock, Nevada in ThrustSSC, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier on land.

1996 – Damon Hill OBE – For becoming the FIA Formula One world champion and, in so doing, becoming the first son of a former champion to claim the title.

1995 – Colin McRae MBE – For becoming the first British driver to win the FIA World Rally Championship with Subaru.

1994 – Carl Fogarty CBE – For winning the Superbike World Championship with Ducati.

1993 – Nigel Mansell CBE – For winning the CART IndyCar World Championship in America at the first attempt. The Segrave Medal was also awarded to Eric Broadley for the achievements of Lola Cars in all forms of motor sport, including the IndyCar success for Nigel Mansell.

1992 – Sir Francis (Frank) Williams and Nigel Mansell CBE – For victory in the 1992 FIA Formula One World Championship for constructors (Williams) and drivers (Mansell).

1991 – Steve Webster MBE – For winning his fourth FIM World Sidecar Championship title.

1990 – Louise Aitken-Walker MBE – For winning the ladies’ World Rally Championship title with Vauxhall.

1989 – Bob Ives and Joe Ives – For victory in the off-road marathon the Camel Trophy, with its 1,062-mile route through the Brazilian rainforest from Alta Floresta to Manaus.

1988 – Martin Brundle – For winning the FIA Sportscar World Championship with Jaguar.

1987 – Eve Jackson – For her solo flight from London to Sydney in the microlight Shadow.

1986 – Sir Richard Branson – For the development of the Virgin Atlantic Challenger and his effort to break the Blue Riband record crossing of the Atlantic in a sailing boat.

1985 – Ken Wallis DSO MBE – For his lifetime of achievement in aviation, including a multitude of world records for altitude, speed and range in autogyro aircraft.

1984 – Barry Sheene MBE – For his career in motorcycle Grand Prix racing, including being the only man to win World Championship events at all capacities from 50cc to 500cc.

1983 – Richard Noble OBE – For raising the land speed record to 633.468mph at Black Rock Desert, Nevada in Thrust 2.

1982 – Admiral Sir John Forster (‘Sandy’) Woodward – For his captaincy of flagship HMS Hermes and on behalf of all who fought for the liberation of the Falkland Islands.

1980 – Fiona Gore, Countess of Arran – For becoming the first woman to achieve more than 100mph on water by reaching 102mph on Lake Windermere.

1979 – Stanley Michael Hailwood (‘Mike the Bike’ Hailwood) MBE – For his long career in motorcycle Grand Prix racing, Formula One and his successes in the Isle of Man TT, including his last, in 1979, at the age of 39, following a successful comeback to the event after an 11-year hiatus.

1978 – John (‘Cat’s Eyes’) Cunningham CBE DSO DFC – For his 40-year career as chief test pilot at de Havilland and later British Aerospace, including wartime service as a night-fighter pilot, scoring 20 aerial victories in the defence of Britain at the height of the Blitz.

1977 – Barry Sheene MBE – For retaining the 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship.

1976 – Peter Collins – For becoming the first British rider to win the World Speedway Championship.

1975 – Roger Clark MBE, Stuart Turner, Jim Porter, Peter Ashworth and Tony Mason – For the success of Ford Motor Company in the British Rally Championship.

1974 – John Blashford-Snell OBE – For leading the first Zaire River exploration ever to be completed.

1973 – Sir Jackie Stewart – For winning his third Formula One World Championship in five seasons with a British team and becoming the most successful Grand Prix driver in history.

1970 – Brian Trubshaw CBE MVO – For his work in developing and successfully piloting the prototype Concorde supersonic airliner, including her first supersonic flight over land.

1969 – Bruce McLaren – Awarded posthumously for the design, development and driving of cars that won every round of the 1969 Can-Am Championship.

1968 – Ken Wallis DSO MBE – For his development and airmanship in the field of lightweight autogyro aircraft and attaining multiple world records.

1966 – Donald Campbell CBE – Awarded posthumously for outstanding contribution to mechanical development and aerodynamics.

1964 – Donald Campbell CBE – For becoming the first person since his father to achieve the double of raising the water speed record to 276.33mph in Bluebird K7 on Lake Dumbleyung, Australia, and taking the land speed record to 429mph at Lake Eyre in Bluebird CN7.

1962 – Alfred William (Bill) Bedford OBE AFC – For his outstanding pioneer piloting of Hawker VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft, demonstrating the possibilities of future development of this type of transport.

1960 – Tom Brooke-Smith – For attaining vertical flight and hovering stationary in the air in an SC 1 VTOL aircraft.

1958 – Donald Campbell CBE – For raising the water speed record to 260mph on Lake Coniston in Bluebird K7.

1957 – Sir Stirling Moss – For winning three Grands Prix with Vanwall and breaking five class speed records.

1956 – Peter Twiss OBE DSC – For setting a new air speed record of 1,132mph and becoming the first person to break 1,000mph in level flight, in a Fairey Delta 2.

1955 – Donald Campbell CBE – For setting a new water speed record of 202.15mph on Ullswater in Bluebird K7.

1953 – Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC AFC – For setting a new air speed record of 727.63mph in a Hawker Hunter over Littlehampton.

1951 – Geoff Duke OBE – For winning the 350cc and 500cc Motorcycle World Championships and both the junior and senior Tourist Trophy races in the same year.

1948 – John Derry DFC – For becoming the first British pilot to break the speed of sound, which he did flying a de Havilland Vampire.

1947 – John Rhodes Cobb – For raising the land speed record to 394.19mph in the Railton Mobil Special.

1946 – Geoffrey de Havilland, Junior OBE – Awarded posthumously for his contribution to British aviation as a test pilot developing aircraft such as the de Havilland Mosquito, the Hornet and the Vampire.

1939 – Sir Malcolm Campbell – For setting the new water speed record of 141.74mph at Coniston Water in Blue Bird K4. The Segrave Medal was also awarded, to Peter du Cane for design and construction of Blue Bird K4.

1938 – Alfred Thomas Goldie Gardner OBE – For attaining the class G land speed record of 186.6mph in a 1100cc MG Magnette on the German autobahn.

1937 – Arthur Clouston CB – For his flight with Betty Kirby-Green in a de Havilland Comet from Croydon to Cape Town and back in a flight time of 77 hours and 49 minutes.

1936 – Jean Batten CBE – For her record-breaking solo flight in a Percival Gull from England to Auckland, taking 11 days and 45 minutes.

1935 – Captain George Eyston MC OBE – For the land speed records over 1 hour, 12 hours and 24 hours, including an average of 140.52mph over 24 hours of driving in Speed of the Wind.

1934 – Ken Waller – For his 4,000-mile flight from Belgium to what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and back in a de Havilland Comet, taking just 3,439 minutes – to prove that an airmail service was achievable.

1933 – Sir Malcolm Campbell – For raising the Land Speed Record to 272.11mph in Blue Bird.

1932 – Amy Johnson CBE – For her record-breaking flight in a de Havilland Puss Moth from London to Cape Town.

1931 – (Herbert) Bert Hinkler AFC DSM – For his solo flight in a de Havilland Puss Moth from Canada to London by the least direct route imaginable. First it was Canada to New York, then non-stop to Jamaica, before going on to Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. Then crossing the South Atlantic to West Africa, and from Africa over the Mediterranean to Europe and onward to London.

1930 – Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith – For his east-west solo air crossing of the Atlantic from Ireland to Newfoundland in 31½ hours, and victory in 13 days, also solo, in the England to Australia Air Race, in the Southern Cross.