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26 October 2009

Shannons Ambassador, Jim Richards, has been honoured in bronze at the National Motor Racing Museum at Mt Panorama, Bathurst (NSW).

At a ceremony held prior to the Bathurst 1000 weekend earlier this month, Jim entered a select group of Australian racing champions, when he was presented with a bronze bust of himself that will now join the images of Peter Brock, Sir Jack Brabham, Wayne Gardner and Bob Jane on display at the National Motor Racing Museum.

Bathurst Mayor, Councillor Paul Toole, made the official presentation to honour Jim when he unveiled the uncanny likeness of the popular racing legend.

In accepting the presentation of the Bronze Jim said, “You never really expect these things, but to get this kind of recognition is a real honour. It’s very nice.

"I had only seen a clay version of the statue before today, and I was surprised by how different it looked in the finished bronze version. I think it's terrific.

Recognising that he is now among some of the greats in motoring history Jim said, “To think that in 100 years or so, my bronze head will be still sitting there in the museum with Brock and Sir Jack and Gardner and the others. It’s fantastic really."

Shannons has enjoyed a successful partnership with Jim Richards Racing for just over 2 years and Jim’s on-going commitment and passion makes him one of the great ambassadors of the racing industry. In recognising Jim’s Bronze being placed in the Bathurst Museum, Shannons Executive Manager Graeme Browne said “Jim is a highly regarded Australian racing identity and this honour is well deserved.

"He continues to support motor racing at the highest level whilst making sure that he dedicates time to supporting young up and coming drivers. He is truly passionate about the sport and Shannons is proud to be associated with Jim," said Graeme Browne.

Jim went on to demonstrate the skills that earned his place in the National Motor Racing Museum when he followed the official presentation ceremony by setting the fastest race lap record in the Biante Touring Car Masters race on Saturday 10th October. Setting a time of 2:24:24 in his 1964 Shannons Falcon Sprint Jim powered to first place in the second race of Round 6 of the Masters and went on to win the round.

The Biante Touring Car Masters is proudly supported by Biante Model Cars, Rare Spares, Shannons Insurance, Hoosier Tires, Coopers and official charity RSPCA Australia.

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