January saw a whole host stars from all disciplines of Motorcycle Sport gather for the annual ACU Awards and Presentations Day at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham.
During the daytime over 200 guests arrived for the presentation of the ACU Youth Awards which for the first time saw two International stars enter the room on their Championship winning machines, FIM Women’s World and British Trials Champion Emma Bristow along with FIME European Long Track and British Masters Grass Track Champion James Shanes powered up their bikes to make a spectacular entrance to the Imperial Suite, Emma on one wheel, as she wheelied up to the stage.
There was a great turn out of our Youth Award winners to collect their Awards to celebrate their achievements from last year. Emma presented the Trials Awards and James the Grass Track/Speedway Awards and it was also great to see Gareth Hockey, RHL Activities Ltd Promoter on hand (albeit on crutches) to present the British Youth National Awards.
In the evening the Adult Awards took place which saw the largest turn out of stars and guests with over 420 sat down to celebrate the achievements of last year. Road Racing and TT Stars Ben and Tom Birchall started the evening off in fine style by riding two Rotary Norton machines into the Imperial Suite, the bikes sounded fantastic as they made their way up to the stage.
Young teenage Trials sensation Jack Peace collected the prestigious Pinhard Trophy as the best Under 21 year old competing in ACU events. Jack was presented the Trophy by Emma Bristow and he also collected his World, European and British Trials Championship to round off ‘the year that Jack built’ for the 16 year old.
The evening also featured a number of the special guests include 1976 World Speedway Champion Peter Collins to present the Track Racing and Speedway awards while multi World Champion and ISDE Gold medallist Paul Edmondson had the honour of presenting his son with his World Youth Enduro title and Paul also presented the British Enduro Championship Awards as well as the Extreme Enduro and British Sprint Enduro Awards. After collecting their own World F2 Sidecar Trophies, Ben and Tom Birchall then presented the remainder of the Road Race, Drag and Sprint awards.
Ian King collected another European title which takes his tally to 10 championship titles and a video was played which outlined Ian’s remarkable exploits to become the Motorcycle World Land Speed Record Holder.
A new award for the ACU presentations was the ACU Datatag Commitment to Coaching Award to recognise the outstanding commitment to ACU Coaching by a Non-Commercial club Project or Individual and this was awarded to Richard Newton from the Motocross Challenge Project in Kent.
ACU Chairman John Collins commented “A lot of hard work by the ACU Staff goes into making the ACU Awards happen. The whole day has been superb and it is great to see so many riders from so many disciplines come together to celebrate their achievements of last year”.