When James Toseland announced his retirement through injury earlier this year, we had the idea of paying tribute to his success and thanking those who had played their part in his world championship-winning career with a special celebration event held at a hotel in Sheffield last week.
There were three main parts to the show after the 230 VIP guests had enjoyed a drinks reception and three-course dinner. None other than motorsport commentating legend Murray Walker interviewed James on the stage about four different stages of his career, interspersed with two musical performances by the former World Superbike champion and his girlfriend, Katie Melua.
While Murray was the anchorman on the night, there’s no doubt that James was the star that everyone had gathered to support on an emotional evening in front of family and friends, sponsors and press, fellow racers and other supporters.
Among the interesting facts revealed on the night: why James was called “Secret Squirrel” by GSE Racing; how he came to use the number 52 throughout his career; and who he considered to be his toughest opponent on the track [Troy Bayliss].
Towards the end of the interview programme, James was joined by Katie to explain how they met, what they had in common and generally how lucky James is! James also officially passed on the number 52 to RBP’s young world championship racer, Danny Kent, who promised to look after it in the future.
Among the many thanks portrayed by James, top of the list was his manager – our own Roger Burnett – and support team at RBP. So, on behalf of James, well done to all concerned and a special thanks also to Roger and Gemma for their superb organisational skills. It was an excellent night and one to remember for a very long time to come!
Posted by Paul Directors on 14 Nov 2011 at 12:17