JUNE 19, 2000
Ron gets a gong
Under Dennis's management McLaren has won a string of World Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The company is a big earner of export income for Britain.
The announcement means that while team owners Sir Frank Williams and Dennis have been recognized for their achievements, Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President Max Mosley have been overlooked for their services to the sport. There is no doubt that Ecclestone has done enough to justify an award but the scandal at the end of 1998 over Ecclestone's political donations will probably mean that such an award would be impossible, at least as long as Tony Blair's government (which decides on honours) is still in power.
While old-fashioned titles may not seem to be very relevant in the modern age, the award to Dennis is further recognition of the importance of the motor racing industry in Britain.