Blimey, Eddie Jordan has received an honorary OBE for his services to charity and motor racing and he’s rightly “overjoyed”.
Here at Badger, we’re big fans of Eddie, he adds a great deal to the BBC coverage – both in that he’s been in the business of Formula 1 for years and of course for his unpredictable personality and ability to get very excited of pretty much anything. Some may criticise him, but in our opinion he’s a very big part of why the BBC’s F1 coverage has been and continues to be so good.
Which other F1 personalities do you think should receive such recognition?
Here’s the official statement on Eddie Jordan receiving his Honorary OBE:One of Formula 1’s most charismatic personalities, former racing driver, team owner, current BBC F1 analyst and entrepreneur, Eddie Jordan, has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to charity and motor racing. On being awarded the honorary OBE, Eddie said:
“What a wonderful moment in my life. I am hugely surprised and greatly overjoyed to receive this magnificent honour, however it would not have been possible without the help of my family, the Jordan Grand Prix F1 team, CLIC Sargent and in more recent times the BBC F1 team”.
A Dubliner by birth, Eddie’s distinguished career in motorsport started behind the wheel but grew as owner of Eddie Jordan Racing – later known as Jordan Grand Prix. He is widely respected by his peers and motorsport fans alike for his passion, success and unique style, particularly as a privateer. His ability to spot and bring on young driver talent is legendary. He gave World Champions Ayrton Senna and Damon Hill their first drives in F3, and another World Champion, Michael Schumacher, his first drive in F1. Other winners followed: his brother, Ralf, Eddie Irvine, and Rubens Barrichello. The team went on to finish 3rd in the World Championship with Frentzen/Hill in 1999 after Jean Alesi and Johnny Herbert won the F3000 and F3 Championships respectively. Significantly as many as 7 ex-Jordan drivers also drove for Ferrari. The altruistic side of Eddie Jordan is seen today in his various philanthropic interests, notably as patron of the child cancer charity, CLIC Sargent and The Amber Foundation for the young homeless. In addition, as a keen drummer, Eddie’s band – ‘Eddie & the Robbers’ – play at many charitable functions. Eddie currently enjoys a role as part of the BAFTA winning BBC team’s hugely successful coverage of Formula 1, and he has many varied and diverse business interests including property, publishing/radio, private equity and other investments. In addition he is a current member of the Advisory Board to Citi Private Bank.
More about Eddie:
Eddie and his wife Marie, a former Irish international basketball player, have been married for 33 years and have four children, each of them having inherited their parents’ ambitious drive in their chosen fields. Zoe is a successful fashion designer with her own label, Zoë Jordan. Zak is a Lloyds insurance broker and ex Irish freestyle snowboard champion and current Irish international lacrosse player. Both Miki and Kyle are successful marketeers with the World Powerboat Championship and Sunderland AFC respectively. Eddie is obviously delighted to have received the honorary OBE, and it adds to a number of other accolades for his contribution to motor racing and charity: he was knighted as an honorary Musketeer in France; the University of Ulster bestowed him an honorary doctorate, as indeed did the Dublin Institute of Technology; the University College Dublin’s Literary and Historical Society awarded him the James Joyce Award; Trinity College Dublin’s University Philosophical Society awarded him the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage. Alongside these he has been the Entrepreneur of the Year and an Oxford University Union past speaker and he has been recently inducted into the Irish Motorsport Hall of Fame.