1959 – 61 Dr. D. M. McDonald of Bridgnorth Royal Motor YC
1962 – 68 John Y. Sangster of South St, London W1 Royal Motor YC & Royal Thames YC
1969 – 70 International Marine & Forwarding Co Ltd
1971 – 07 Roberto Marinho Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club
Dr. Daniel McClean McDonald :: (1905 – 1991)
Dr. Daniel McClean McDonald, born in Fort William, Scotland, in 1905, had degrees in Engineering (Glasgow) and Medicine (Birmingham). He was founder and Chairman of the BSR Group (Birmingham Sound Recording), manufacturers of record turntables and record changers. He died in his adoptive home, the Isle of Man, in February 1991. The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the University of Cambridge was established in 1990 through a generous benefaction from the late Dr D M McDonald. The benefaction enabled the University to construct and maintain purpose-built premises for the Institute which include research rooms and laboratories, together with archive space and a seminar room.
The founding director of the Institute was Professor Colin Renfrew – Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, formerly Disney Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology.
Background to the McDonald Institute Triskeles
Dr. McDonald’s choice of emblem for the Institute was influenced by the symbol of the Isle of Man, his adopted home. The winged feet of the Triskeles are those of Hermes, and were taken from a 5th century Syracusan coin.
John Young Sangster :: (1896 – 1977)
John Young Sangster was an industrialist who became an important figure in the history of the British motorcycle industry. He is more commonly known as Jack Sangster.
Jack Sangster was born in Kings Norton, Birmingham, the son of Charles Thomas Brock Sangster, an engineer. He was educated at Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex. On leaving school he began an engineering apprenticeship which was interrupted by the First World War. During the war Sangster served with the City of Birmingham battalion of the 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
In 1918 Sangster joined the Cycle Components Manufacturing Company, of which his father was managing director. Sangster designed a small low cost car which he began manufacturing. The design of the car was later sold to the Rover Company in Coventry. Sangster joined Rover to manage the production of the car which became the Rover Eight model.
In 1923 Sangster returned to his father’s company, and by 1930 was joint managing director with him. In 1932 Cycle Components went bankrupt. Sangster bought most of the company’s assets from the receivers and started a new company called Ariel Motors. Sangster rebuilt the company using the wealth of design and engineering talent employed by the company which included men such as Edward Turner, Val Page and Bert Hopwood. In 1944 Sangster sold Ariel to the BSA company for a considerable profit.
Sangster seized another business opportunity in 1935 when he bought the bankrupt Triumph Motorcycles company from the receivers. Sangster brought in Edward Turner and Bert Hopwood from Ariel to improve Triumph’s product range. The Speed Twin with its parallel twin engine was the progenitor of a line of successful Triumph motorbikes that followed. In 1951, Sangster sold Triumph to BSA for £2.5 million pounds (he paid £50,000 to buy Triumph in 1935).
Sangster joined the board of BSA following their acquisition of Triumph. Sangster became chairman of BSA in 1956, following a series of board room battles which ousted the previous chairman, Sir Bernard Docker. Sangster retired as chairman of BSA in 1961.
Jack Sangster died from cancer on 26 March 1977.
Roberto Marinho :: (1904 – 2003)
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marinho was the president and founder of the biggest Brazilian TV channel, Globo.
At a young age, Roberto inherited O Globo (then just a newspaper), founded by his father on July 29th, 1925. Soon, Roberto branched out into a chain of radio stations such as Rádio Globo and Rádio CBN which consisted of news broadcasts only. On April 26th, 1965, he founded Rede Globo TV, which became the principal TV station in Brazil and the third largest in the world.
Rede Globo grew significantly during the 60′s and 70′s. With the production of novelas (soap-operas), TV Globo found a way to flex its true power and has since exported many to various countries. These days, Globo’s reach is incalculable and has immense social and political influence.