The Club took to the main stage of Motorcycle Live on Saturday 19 November to reveal the contenders for the coveted 2016 Torrens Trophy.
Barrie Baxter, Chairman of the Torrens Trophy Nominations Committee said, ‘We are delighted to have teamed up once again with Motorcycle Live. It seems only appropriate to announce the contenders of one of the most prestigious industry trophies on the opening day of the UK’s largest bike show. The Torrens Trophy celebrates an individual or organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to motor cycling in Britain, many of which can be seen here today. The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at the Club’s historic Pall Mall clubhouse’.
Each year the Club awards a series of historic trophies and medals to individuals and organisations, celebrating and recognising outstanding achievements, technical skills and innovation in the motoring and motor sport industries.
Last year the worthy recipient of the Torrens Trophy was TT racer Ian Hutchinson. His outstanding determination was a tale of courage and overcoming adversity. From nearly losing his leg and having to endure over 30 gruelling operations, to returning to the pinnacle of a sport which dealt him a cruel blow and win multiple TTs was one of the sport’s most courageous stories.
The Club’s Torrens Trophy Nominations Committee consists of Chairman and ex-bike racer Barrie Baxter, Club member Ben Cussons, well-respected motorcycle journalist Mat Oxley, former racer and commentator Steve Parrish, Club member Richard Bourne (son of motor cycle journalist, Arthur Bourne, whom the Trophy is awarded in memory of) and new to the committee is Queen of Bikers Maria Costello MBE, who has held the Guinness World Record for being the fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course.
The Torrens Trophy winner will be awarded at Pall Mall in January 2017. In no particular order, the shortlist of nominees for the 2016 trophy is:
The Northern Irishmen rode another faultless season in World Superbike to successfully defend his 2015 title and thus become the first man since Carl Fogarty to score back-to-back championship victories in the class.
The former World Supersport champion came of age in MotoGP, twice beating nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi to score Britain’s first premier-class Grand Prix victories since Barry Sheene’s last success way back in 1981.
Dunlop won another two Isle of Man TTs last June and raised the Mountain circuit lap record to an astonishing 133.962 mph. When it came to riding the fastest bikes around the world’s toughest track, no one could touch him.