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#1 Collombin

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 20:08

Something that I thought would be quite easy to find in this world of web is a list of all the winners of the Grovewood Award, but I can't seem to find anything.

As well as the actual winners (and runners-up if possible), I would also be greatly interested in a recap of which drivers were eligible (by nationality / racing category etc), who the judges were, any obvious bloopers that they made during the years (ignoring the benefit of hindsight of course!), and any interesting stories anyone may have on the topic!

My apologies if a similar topic already exists, but if it does then I plead not guilty due to diminished responsibility (or a search function that doesn't work properly, at least).

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#2 Rob29

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 08:03

Suprisingly this does not seem to have been disussed before.
"Presented by Grovewood Securities to the year's up-and-coming racing drivers selected by a panel appointed by the Guild of Motoring Writers"
1963
1,Richard Attwood £500
2,Tony Hegbourne £300
3,Brian Hart £200
1964
Roger Mac
Boley Pittard
Chris Irwin
1965
Piers Courage
Tony Dean
John Miles
1966
Chris Lambert
Jackie Oliver
Brian Redman
1967
Alan Rollinson
Derek Bell
Peter Gaydon
1968
Tim Schenken
Chris Craft
Roger Enever
1969
Mike Walker
James Hunt
Tony Trimmer
1970
Colin Vandervell
Mike Beuttler
Tim Goss
1971
Roger Willliamson £1000
Vern Schuppan £500
Ray Mallock £300
Tony Brise £100]
Bernard Vermillio £100]special comendations
1972
Dave Walker
John Watson
Ian Taylor
Derek Lawrence
Bob Arnott
1973
Tom Pryce
Tony Brise
Donald McLeod
Geoff Friswell
Russell Wood
1974
Bob Evans
Richard Morgan
Alan Jones
Jim Crawford
Stuart Graham
1975
Brain Henton
Geoff Lees
Larry Perkins
Tiff Needell
Jock Robertson
1976
Tiff Needell
Rupert Keegan
Derek Warwick
Divina Galica
Nick Adams
1977
Bruce Allison
Stephen South
Philip Bullman
David Leslie
Nigel Mansell
1978
Kenneth Acheson
Brett Riley
Jeff Allan
Mike Thackwell
Rob Zurrer
1979
Mike Thackwell
Nigel Mansell
Terry Gray
James Weaver
David Sears
1980
David Leslie £5000
Richard Trott £2500
Johnathan Palmer £1500
Tim Lee-Davey £500
David Coyne £500

#3 D-Type

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 22:01

An interesting collection. I see four world champions (but none took the top spot), several GP drivers and several who have featured in the forum on "Whatever happened to . . ." threads.

Was 1980 the last year of the awards?

#4 Rob29

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:18

Originally posted by D-Type


Was 1980 the last year of the awards?

No,but source these details came from 'Pace Motor Racing Directory' was published in 1981! Last ediiton AFAIK. Awards became the Autosport Awards when Grovewood departed from the sport.
Why is no one else interested in this? Much more obscure subjects like east european races have pages of posts. Need someone who still has their early 80s Autosports to complete the list.

#5 fausto

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:56

If I remember well Grovewood Awards became Cellnet Awards in the mid-80s, have Autosports from 1984 to 2003, I'll try to have a look asap......

#6 KJJ

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 09:04

1981
Dave Scott
Tim Davies
James Weaver
Andrew Gilbert-Scott & Steve Soper

1982
Martin Brundle
Julian Bailey
Calvin Fish
David Hunt & John Penfold

1983
Andrew Gilbert-Scott
Johnny Dumfries
Steve Soper
? & ?

1984
Mark Blundell
Andy Wallace
Will Hoy
Jonathan Bancroft & Damon Hill

#7 David Beard

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 09:57

Originally posted by KJJ

1984
Mark Blundell
Andy Wallace
Will Hay
Jonathan Bancroft & Damien Hill


Will Hay?
Nothing about Grovewoods awards here...;)
http://homepage.ntlw...ham/willhay.htm

We all still miss Will Hoy, of course.

#8 KJJ

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 10:13

:blush:

I've edited my post in case someone fails to spot David's correction!

#9 Rob29

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 10:15

Boring day today-no live racing,so into dusty storeroom where oldest Autosport issue is 1986.
1983 special comendations;Martin Donnelly & Anthony Reid
1984 yes Will HOy & DamOn Hill !
1985
Russell Spence
Bertrand Fabi
Damon Hill
Giles Butterfield
Johnny Herbert

20.01.87 first Celnet Awards;

1st Martin Donnelly £5000
2nd Johnny Herbert £2500
3rd Garry Brabham £1500
sc Perry McCarthy £500
sc Jason Elliott £500

1987
Derek Higgins
Eddie Irvine
Jason Elliott
Allan McNish (only 'comendation')

#10 roger_valentine

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 10:17

Originally posted by KJJ
:blush:

I've edited my post in case someone fails to spot David's correction!

And wasn't Damien Hill in The Omen?

#11 Barry Boor

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 13:21

No, he's Del Boy's son!

#12 Collombin

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 15:49

Many thanks, Rob and KJJ, for such comprehensive details :up:

I assume then that nobody is eligible for the award on more than one occasion?

I didn't realise Chris Lambert was considered that promising, yet another sad loss of a driver before they could reach their full potential.

#13 Rob29

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 17:22

Originally posted by E.B.
Many thanks, Rob and KJJ, for such comprehensive details :up:

I assume then that nobody is eligible for the award on more than one occasion?

Correct,though you could get a 'special commendation' then a top 3 award in a later year. To answer another of your original questions it appears only british & commonwealth drivers were eligable.
Also the Autosport awards started in 1982 so did not replace the Celnet as such .

#14 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 14:27

And after 1987 was the Grovewood Award stopped?

What a list of very very very promising drivers... :)

I have just a doubt about Roger Mac, who won first prize in 1964, for me pretty unknown.
I remember I've read in some old Autosport magazines he was about 19 in 1964 and obtained the award after a good Jaguar E-type season. He continued to race in a Brabham F.3 in 1965 but two accidents both of them serious, prompted him to give up motor racing.
Does someone know the full story about this interesting guy?

#15 Thundersports

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Posted 05 October 2022 - 15:48

Thread resurrection. I have a collection of autographs from the awards which were given to me by John Webbs secretary Brenda Parfitt. There's 63 in total on the back of cut in half blank Postcards with the drivers name types above the signature. Having had a look at the above they run from 1963 to 1983 with about 4-5 missing. I can't recall why they obtained but using the signature for the press rings a bell?