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Graham Robson chats to David Richards, CBE

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David Richards, CBE

Motorsport historian, Graham Robson interviews our guest this evening, David Richards.  David is the Chairman of Prodrive, Chairman elect of the MSA and former Chairman of Aston Martin.

David Richards spent eight years as a professional rally driver becoming British and Scandinavian champion and concluded his competition career by winning the World Rally Championship as co-driver to Ari Vatanen in 1981.

David then devoted his time to developing his business interests, which led to the formation of his own motor racing team and the creation of Prodrive, now a world leading motorsport and advanced technology business.

Since 1984, Prodrive has won six FIA World Rally titles with Subaru; four British Touring Car championships; five class wins at Le Mans; and are reigning FIA World Endurance Champions.

Today, Prodrive runs Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship but also has a growing reputation for the development of advanced engineering solutions.

In 2007, David led the consortium that purchased Aston Martin from Ford, and was appointed Chairman, a role he fulfilled for six years.

He is Chairman elect of the Motor Sports Association, a role he assumes in January 2018. He sits on the advisory board of Cranfield School of Management, is a trustee of the British Racing Drivers’ Club Benevolent Fund and Vice President of the motor industry charity BEN.

In the 2005 Queen’s New Year’s honours he was made a CBE for his services to motorsport.  In 2017 he was inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame and presented with the Spirit of Le Mans award by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).


The evening will commence at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre and finish at around 10.00 pm. The National Motor Museum will be open from 6.00pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks.


For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust, visit their website.


To purchase tickets, please send remittance to Theresa Browning, Friends’ Secretary, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN (cheque made payable to National Motor Museum Trust Ltd), or give her a call on 01590 614792 to provide payment over the phone.

Tickets will now be sent electronically where possible, so please provide an email address in any correspondence. If tickets are required by post, please provide an SAE.

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