FORMER motorcycle champion Sammy Miller has been recognised for his museum with a personal achievement accolade from the Historic Motoring Awards.
The prizes, organised by Octane magazine, celebrate the best in the industry and are now in their 10th year.
The extension netted him the personal achievement award, with judges noting: “A firm favourite with our panel, Sammy Miller’s life boasts a trail of motorbike championships and establishing a wonderful eponymous museum in the New Forest.”
Sammy, who was British champion 11 times, has run his museum in New Milton since the 1990s. It contains artefacts from his 55-year career which saw him rack up more than 1,400 wins, as well as a workshop, historical records and large collection of rare motorbikes.
Sammy, who was also shortlisted for the museum/collection of the year, said he was “surprised and really delighted” to win.
He added: “It will certainly put New Milton, the New Forest and the museum on the world map and I am sure will encourage many visitors to the New Forest. These are troubled times so this is good news for our area.”