Former Lotus chief engineer Bob Dance was honoured for his outstanding achievements in motor sport at the Autosport Awards on 2 December.
The John Bolster Award was presented to Dance by F1 commentator Murray Walker.
Dance’s career in motor sport began in the ’50s. Nicknamed Boblotti – thanks to his expertise with Colotti gearboxes – he graduated to the Lotus F1 team in ’63 and by ’68 had become the chief mechanic, helping Graham Hill to the Championship in a Lotus 49.
His career would take him to Max Mosley’s March outfit, then to Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham, before going back to Lotus in 1976 and staying until the original team’s F1 demise in ’94.
After a spell at Audi’s RTN (and latterly Bentley’s) Le Mans projects, Dance now works with the team at Classic Team Lotus.
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