Friday January 30, 2015 at 2:12pm
On Saturday 24th January the ACU held the annual Awards Presentation at the prestigious National Motorcycle Museums in Birmingham. With Andrew Appleton coming into the room at the beginning of the Youth Awards on board John McGuinness’s 2003 Triumph Daytona and Peter Hickman entering the room astride a Rotary Norton at the beginning of the Adult Awards, it set the scene for a new look Awards Ceremony which also featured plenty of short film clips which highlighted the many ACU disciplines. The Youth Awards were hosted by Gary Thompson and the Adult Awards was hosted by 9 times Isle of Man TT winner Charlie Williams. During the course of the day over 500 people attended both Award ceremonies to celebrate the achievements of our Award Winners.
One of the most prestigious awards of the Evening went to Zach Wajtknecht, who was presented with the coveted Pinhard Trophy – this trophy is presented to the U-21 for outstanding achievement – Zach was presented this following his successful 2014 season where he claimed the FIM World Track Racing 250cc Gold Trophy, along with the British Youth and Adult 250cc titles and Zach was on hand to collect the Award from Tony Lloyd of the Sunbeam MCC.
General Secretary Gary Thompson said, “The ACU Awards is always a special occasion, we moved location this year to hold the presentations at the National Motorcycle Museum – which proved to be the right thing to do. The Museum staff were fantastic and the bar has certainly raised in terms of what we achieved with the Awards this year in comparison to previous years. We had video film of each of our disciplines, the noise of bikes, each individuals name appeared on screen as they proudly came up to the stage to collect their trophy. Everything was as it should be and we now have a very positive base on which to build for the future’.
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