Automotive PR – In automotive PR news, the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW), supported by Bridge of Weir Leather Company, proudly announces the second round of inductees in to the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame today.

The venue for the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame presentation was the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club outside Edinburgh, which played host to the Scottish Car of the Year Awards 2017 – with the honour this year going to Land Rover’s new Discovery.

Announcing the second round of inductees to the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame, ASMW President, Stephen Park, said: “The ASMW believes our country has produced many of the greatest racing drivers, engineers, designers and many others who make the automotive industry such a huge global business. This is why we felt it was time to recognise these achievements and successes with our very own Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame.”

Bridge of Weir Leather Company is a long time supporter of the ASMW, and is headline sponsor of the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame. Bridge of Weir Managing Director, Karen Marshall, said: “I am deeply proud to be a part of this great industry, and, as a Scotswoman, to be able to present these giants of motoring as inductees to the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame.”

The new inductees to the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame, selected by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, are Colin McRae MBE (posthumous) and Moray Callum.

Moray Callum

Car designer Moray Callum, 59, graduated in Industrial Design before embarking on his path to automotive design stardom at the Royal College of Art in London.

In a career that has taken him all over the world, starting in the early 1980s with Chrysler in the British midlands, which he followed with a move to France and PSA Peugeot Citroen’s advanced studio.

A stint at Ghia followed, with the Via concept of 1989 and the Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale.

Then, like many stars of the industry, Detroit beckoned, and in the mid 1990s – he found himself managing the Ford studio in Dearborn, Michigan.

Next stop, Japan, and a promotion to lead Mazda design globally – with a redesign of the hugely successful MX-5, and almost every other Mazda model too – it was a time of reinvention. This is what he delivered.

Later in the noughties came further promotion across Ford’s north American brands, establishing a new era of Blue Oval all-American designs. He designed a new generation of Lincoln cars too, which have become big premium success stories stateside.

In 2014 he became Vice President of Design for Ford Motor Company – with the responsibility for all concept and production vehicles for the Ford and Lincoln brands all over the world.

He started life wanting to be a vet. Then a car designer. Maybe this is why his latest, greatest hits can be considered ‘beasts’: the wonderful sixth generation Mustang and the sublime 2017 Ford GT – both already modern icons of the automotive world. Moray Callum – designer of icons, is welcomed in to the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame.

Colin McRae MBE (posthumous)

Colin McRae brought world rally in to the living rooms and lives of millions all over the world, and continues to do so through a hugely successful global franchise for the gaming generation.

Born in Lanark in 1968, he took an already famous rallying dynasty, and made the name a global phenomenon.

To do this, he moved in quick succession from the two wheels of trial bikes on to four wheels. And soon went on to win two British Rally Championships before entering WRC at just 19, becoming the first Brit – or Scot – and the youngest ever to win the World Rally Championship Drivers Title in 1995 – a record he still holds.

He took the Subaru team to victory on a further two occasions, in 1996 and 1997, and also latterly raced for the Ford and Citroen WRC teams.

In all, he raced in 146 Rallies, recorded 25 wins and 42 podium finishes, he also competed in Touring Cars, Le Mans and even designed his own car – the R4.

He also had a hand in selling a million cars – and t-shirts and jackets and computer games all over the world. He certainly lived fast. He sadly died too young. Colin McRae MBE is proudly inducted to the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame, posthumously, in 2017.

For further information on the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame visit: http://www.bowleather.co.uk/Scottish-Motoring-Fame/Hall-of-Fame.aspx

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