30th November 2020

Motorsport awards go online – and so does the Master of Ceremonies!

Public speaking and presentation trainer Chris Dawes has added yet another string to his bow. That of presenting virtual awards as motorsport awards zoom online.

Chris, head of Swindon-based Open Dawes Training Ltd, is also a motorsports commentator. And that’s not all. He works too as a voiceover artist and regular host of awards presentation ceremonies across the UK. Now he has added online awards to his repertoire, having been Master of Ceremonies for the annual Castle Combe Racing Club Awards.

70 years of racing at Castle Coombe

Castle Combe Circuit is marking its 70th year. Thus the organisers of the Castle Combe Racing Club awards were full of determination that the show would go on. So, instead of gathering at Aerospace Bristol in the shadow of Concorde as planned, they took to Facebook and YouTube.

Chris is a regular commentator for motorsports at Castle Combe Circuit and is also on the Board of Castle Combe Racing Club.

“I host many awards around the country. But it’s always a particular privilege to be host of the Castle Combe Racing Club Awards, based as they are at my home circuit. This is the place where my love of motorsport was born,” he said. “With so many events like this cancelled due to the pandemic, it was great that the organisers still wanted to go ahead.

“It was a little bit different to a normal face-to-face awards ceremony. But the bonus was so many more people could attend and even interact live with messages. In fact, we have had more than 5,000 views,and over 500 comments across Facebook and YouTube. And of course, because it’s online this number is still rising.”

Different features

Chris introduced different features to the awards to make them lively, including applause sound themes. over 40 guests made appearances during the show, and pre-recorded interviews for those who couldn’t make it. A range of Castle Combe awards were won in categories including:

1. Formula Ford Championship
2. Saloon Car Championship
3. GT Championship and …
4. …Hot Hatch Series.

He said: “I did have concerns that the technology could go wrong. But on the night everything went well. And, while it’s not quite the same as running a normal award ceremony, it wasn’t a bad second best!”

In Chris’s main role as MD of Open Dawes Training, he trains people in presentation, media, and public speaking, including how to present online. So for the online awards he found himself following his own advice!

Motorsport Awards Zoom Online - Chris Dawes

As well as hosting the awards ceremony, throughout the pandemic Chris has been hosting Castle Combe TV on the circuit’s Facebook and YouTube pages. This has kept the momentum going through the circuit’s closure.

In fact, unbeknown to him until they sprung it on him as he hosted the event, he received a special recognition award by Castle Combe Racing Club and Circuit.

They gave him the award for all that he’s done during the pandemic, with Castle Combe TV and the organisation, production and broadcasting, and hosting of this awards show.

More information

For information visit https://www.opendawestraining.co.uk/, call 01793 238259 or email enquiries@opendawestraining.co.uk
To view the awards and Castle Combe TV shows, visit Castle Combe Circuit’s pages at https://www.facebook.com/castlecombecircuit/live or www.youtube.com/user/castlecombecircuituk.