2015 Segrave Trophy Awarded to John McGuinness
The Club is proud to have awarded the 2015 Segrave Trophy to motorcycle road racer John McGuinness. Acknowledging the Lancashire man’s success, the citation read: ‘An outstanding contribution to motorcycle road and circuit racing, including setting the outright lap record at the 2015 Isle of Man TT. He is the greatest living exponent of the TT, with 23 victories to his name.’
Speaking at the awards, Club Chairman Tom Purves said, ‘It is our honour to salute John’s career and his remarkable success, particularly at the Isle of Man TT where he became the first rider to achieve an average speed of over 130mph and, in 2015, set a new outright lap record of 132.701mph.
‘Lady Segrave commissioned the Trophy in 1930, soon after her husband Sir Henry Segrave died after breaking the water speed record on Lake Windermere. It was her wish that the trophy would celebrate and encourage those individuals who demonstrated outstanding skill and courage, whether on land, sea or in the air. As one of Britain’s greatest motorcycle racers of his generation, John’s bravery and sheer speed are the exact qualities Lady Segrave wished to celebrate.’
Receiving the trophy, McGuinness said, ‘I’m absolutely honoured to receive this prestigious award. It’s something a little different and I’m definitely in good company when you look back at the motorcycling greats who have previously received this, with the likes of Geoff Duke, Barry Sheene and Joey Dunlop. The award has been running since 1930 and I have massive respect for everyone who has been a part of its history, and I am so proud to now have my name alongside some of my heroes.’