David Butler MBE, chairman of the British Motor Sports Association for the Disabled (BMSAD), received the MSA Lifetime Achievement Award during last week’s Motor Sports Council’s annual dinner at the Royal Automobile Club.
Butler is the only disabled driver worldwide to have qualified for both an international race and international rally licence, and has competed in over 600 motorsport events. He has been Chairman of BMSAD for more than 25 years and is also a long-standing member of the MSA Medical Advisory Panel, representing all disabled drivers wishing to participate in the sport.
The accolade was presented by MSA Chairman Alan Gow. Butler said: “Having received a lifetime achievement award, I feel I should be standing with a placard saying, ‘the end is nigh’! I have to say that it has been a great privilege to be able to assist in making motor racing a fully inclusive sport. I commend the MSA and its Medical Advisory Panel on their enlightened attitude toward disability. Thank you for the award; I am truly honoured.”
This year’s after dinner speaker was Dennis Carter, an MSA Board member, who has lived what Council Chairman Tony Scott Andrews described as ‘a riotous life’ over several decades in motorsport.
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