The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) recently played host to Parliamentary and industry leaders at the House of Lords in July. The event, which was sponsored by Prova as the MIA’s official communications partner, is one of the most prestigious events in the motorsport industry calendar. MIA president, Lord Drayson, welcomed more than 300 guests from Government, Parliament and motorsport.
Chairman of the McLaren Group, Ron Dennis CBE, received the MIA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Motorsport Industry. The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, presented Dennis with the award in recognition of his ongoing exceptional career, during which he has earned the accolade of the most successful team principal in Formula 1 history and has overseen the significant growth and diversification of the McLaren Group.
Dennis joins an elite group of previous MIA Award winners, including last year’s winner, John Surtees OBE; Adrian Newey OBE; Ross Brawn OBE; Sir Frank Williams CBE; Sir Stirling Moss OBE; Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Bernie Ecclestone, to name but a few.
Chris Aylett, chief executive of the MIA, said: “The outstanding career of Ron Dennis epitomises all that is good about British motorsport engineering. From 1972, when he formed his first racing team, to becoming a significant shareholder and chairman of the McLaren Group, Ron’s achievements are testament to his skills and abilities. As he built McLaren into a successful business group, his efforts contributed greatly to the success of many other suppliers in the Motorsport Valley community and this award is a justifiable recognition for that progress and richly deserved.”
Picture shows (LtoR): Jim Morris, chairman of the MIA; Ron Dennis CBE, McLaren Group; Richard Postins, Prova PR