Simply called the Rare Spares "Legend" award, each yearly inductee will earn their place in the Legend Hall of Fame and receive a number of personal benefits, all provided by Rare Spares. Rare Spares will use one of the industry's major events - Summernats - to make the presentation to the inductee each year, with event organisers providing a dedicated timeslot for the award in the popular Saturday night schedule. Each inductee will be paraded via a lap of honour of the main Summernats arena, so that car lovers and industry figures alike can show their respect for the worthy recipients. "Every Director at Rare Spares has taken so much from the motor industry. It has provided us with the basis of our successful business and has also given us many lifelong friends and acquaintances. The entire Board felt it was appropriate to somehow give something back to the industry, so we are delighted to announce the Legend award," said Rare Spares' General Manager, David Rayner. "We hope that from 2008 onwards, the Legend award will gain in profile so that there is a legitimate way to thank and recognise those people that have given their all to this great industry. We feel strongly that these people should be given the appropriate credit for their dedication and we hope that our investment in this award can provide a catalyst for that," Mr Rayner added.
Legends will receive their own exclusive gold helmet with the year of the induction and their name sign written onto it. The helmet is designed and painted by well known artist John Kral in a scheme exclusive to the Legend award. To ensure that recipients receive mainstream recognition, they will also be provided with a dedicated full page advertisement in leading publication Street Machine Magazine, along with a professional photo shoot. The 2008 inductee into the Rare Spares Legend Hall of Fame was announced at this year's Summernats 21. The inaugural "Legend" is hot rod icon, Rod Hadfield. A big part of the hot rod scene for a long time - forever, it seems - Hadfield was a more than deserving recipient. "Rod is a very long standing member of the modified car community and through his Castlemaine Rod Shop has developed and provided a huge range of performance items to the modified car community throughout Australia and NZ. He really is a walking encyclopaedia of mechanical knowledge," said Mr Rayner. "He is actively involved at the forefront in street rodding, nostalgia drag racing, salt lake racing as well as building some of the most amazing cars that this country has ever seen. We also feel his contribution to the numerous committees and bodies he has served on makes him an ideal inaugural inductee," Mr Rayner concluded.
See more at the Rare Spares Legend website