Brian Redman, Sports Cars, Class of 2002
Brian Redman is one of the most accomplished and respected figures in racing, competing in Formula One, Formula Two and Formula 5000 open-wheelers, Can-Am, IMSA and FIA sports cars and coupes.
Throughout his career, he was a member of such factory teams as Aston Martin, BMW, BRM, Chevron, Cooper, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Lola, Mazda, McLaren, Porsche, Shadow and Surtees.
But Redman made his most significant mark behind the wheels of sports cars, winning the SCCA F5000 championships in 1974, 1975 and 1976, plus the 1981 IMSA GTP title.
His individual race wins are too numerous to mention.
At the time of his induction, Redman is one of the day's most stalwart supporters of vintage racing, both in and out of the cockpit.
Among his plentiful driving skills is the uncanny ability to avoid accidents. Once, in a Porsche 917 at Spa, he came up to a blind corner and abruptly backed off early - just early enough to slither unscathed past someone else's wreckage. He hadn't seen any yellow flag, he explained, but the appearance of the crowd tipped him off.