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F1 British Grand Prix 2018 trophies made in Maidstone by Aford Awards

By Chris Britcher

A trophy company will be popping champagne corks this weekend when the Formula 1 British Grand Prix takes place - regardless of who wins.

Family-run Maidstone firm Aford Awards was chosen just last month to design and create the trophies which will go to the top drivers and winning team racing at Silverstone on Sunday.

It will be the second time the company has been given the contract after Lewis Hamilton picked up one of its trophies in 2016.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his trophies in 2016 (2906793)
Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his trophies in 2016 (2906793)

Managing director, Jon Ford, said: “It’s great that we were asked to design and manufacture the awards again this year.

“We supplied them for the first time two years ago but unfortunately missed out in 2017.

“This time around our design team put in extra effort and came up with incredible designs for F1 to select from.

Jon Ford from Aford Awards with some of the awards his company produces
Jon Ford from Aford Awards with some of the awards his company produces

“A lot of award companies submitted their designs, so it makes us feel very proud that we were picked.

“Unlike other sporting events F1 have very strict guidelines on design, they have to be a specific height and weight.

“The weight limit always surprises me as in my opinion the trophy should feel really heavy, but I suspect due to health and safety and the driver holding them up high on the podium, the weight has to be under 5kg."

Aford Awards is based at the Bearsted Business Centre, near Maidstone
Aford Awards is based at the Bearsted Business Centre, near Maidstone

The trophies will be awarded to the winning driver, second and third place driver and also to the winning manufacturer.

Mr Ford added: “ F1 is the pinnacle in motorsport and as we focus a lot of attention on motorsport it’s really important to be seen that we can supply trophies to this level of the sport.

“We hope that in the future we will be able to supply future F1 events around the world, not just in the UK.

“We really hope Lewis Hamilton gets to lift one of our trophies again.”

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