The Motor Sports Association (MSA), governing body for UK motor sport, was honoured by the membership of the Motorsport Industry Association on Friday (11 January) at the MIA’s annual Business Excellence Awards, held at the NEC in Birmingham.
MIA members selected the MSA to receive the Service to the Industry award from a shortlist that included Haymarket Group, Silverstone, MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association) and Torque Development International. The award was made in recognition of the MSA’s initiatives to develop the sport and, by extension, the industry that it underpins.
“The MSA has made great strides in its promotion of the sport,” said Chris Aylett, MIA Chief Executive. “Through its various initiatives, including Go Motorsport, National Motorsport Week and its efforts to allow motorsport on public roads, the MSA is helping to increase the size of the national sport and, in so doing, is creating a bigger marketplace for our members. It is right that the MIA recognises the significant efforts of the organisation, led so positively by Colin Hilton and Alan Gow, in driving the sport forwards. I am confident the MSA’s future plans will secure even more growth in UK motor sport.”
On receiving the award, MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: “I am extremely honoured to pick up this trophy, especially coming from the members of the MIA. We have made a conscious effort in recent years to ensure that the development of the sport is one of our fundamental objectives as the governing body; to learn that our efforts are making a difference and having a positive impact on the industry, simply underlines the importance of this aspect of our role. We will continue to work closely with Chris and his team at the MIA, to ensure that the sport and the industry are fully aligned to maximise the political and commercial benefits.”
14 January 2013