Edgingtons wins Shekhar Mehta award

Husband and wife rally crew Gary and Jane Edgington have been announced as the third winners of the 'Shekhar Mehta Spirit of Rallying' award in recognition of their performance in the 2008 Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship.The special 'spirit of the championship' award is a cast bronze Cheetah on a plinth and was given to the BHRC by Yvonne Mehta in memory of her late husband, one of the legends of rallying and a true ambassador for the sport. It is presented annually to a BHRC crew, selected by a panel of judges at the end of each season.The Edgington's, from Corwen in North Wales, have extensive rallying experience but were new to the BHRC at the start of the 2008 season with their 1-litre Singer Chamois.They took part in every round but one and finished first of three Imps in the championship in 2008. During the season, they tackled rallies on Epynt and in Belgium for the first time as well as returning to one of their favourite events, the Isle of Man Historic Rally."Their season wasn't without drama in that they lost a wheel on the Pirelli Rally in April in front of the TV cameras," said championship co-ordinator Simon Marks. "They had to swiftly swap engines (from another Imp in the garage) between events after limping the car to the end of the Rally Isle of Man. They then flew round the Tour of Flanders and won the admiration of the local fans with their pace."As befits the 'spirit of rallying' award, they were always swift to help out their class competitors with advice and practical help on events, particularly those crews just starting out with the rear engined cars."

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