Bob Akin Memorial Motorsports Award
In memory of the late Bob Akin, who lost his life at Road Atlanta
in 2002, the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) has established the
Bob Akin Memorial Motorsports Award.
will be presented for the first time this year, to an amateur, vintage
or semi-professional American road racer who best exemplifies the
following qualities and characteristics of Bob Akin, a longtime
• passion for motorsports and automobiles
• history of successful amateur and/or vintage racing
• high level of sportsmanship and fair play
• an articulate and courteous presence
• sharp wit and mischievous sense of humor
• broad range of interests and meticulous attention to detail
• record of contribution to motorsports and the community
• devotion to family and friends.
is for 'speed with style,' which describes Bob Akin," says
RRDC President Bobby Rahal. "To become an RRDC member, it isn’t
necessary to have won Sebring or Le Mans, or even be a professional
racer. Many of our members only barely touched the pro side of the
business, and that's OK, because a prime criterion to be considered
for membership is being universally regarded as one of 'the good
guys.' And that was Bob Akin – a true good guy."
Akin was an excellent race-car driver, a businessman of distinction,
a devoted family man, a former president of the RRDC and, above
all, a gentleman in the truest meaning of the word," says former
RRDC president and road-racing champion Brian Redman.
The first recipient
of the engraved trophy, created by Steuben Glass artisans in Corning,
N.Y., will receive the award soon, at a racing venue to be determined.
Future awards will be made at the end of each year.
of the Bob Akin Memorial Motorsports Award will be selected by RRDC
members Brian Redman and Archie Urciuoli, as well as Akin's son,
Bobby. A permanent trophy, listing annual winners, will be on display
at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen,
N.Y. The recipient will receive a smaller, engraved version of the