A waxwork of Michael Rutter has been commissioned by the Macau Government in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Macau GP.
World-famous Madame Tussauds has been commissioned by the Macau Government to produce a series of waxwork figures of its most renowned competitors, Rutter included, to be displayed in the Macau Grand Prix Museum.
As the most successful motorcycle racer to ever compete at the Macau GP with a total of nine victories, Rutter’s artwork will be displayed alongside a vast array of motorsport legends including Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Ron Haslam.
Rutter made his debut at Macau in 1994, claimed his first podium in 1996 and the first of his nine victories in 1998. Further success followed 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2019 to cement his place in the race’s history books.
“First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to the Macau Government for acknowledging my record at the Macau GP.,” Rutter said on the honour. “It’s always nice to be recognised by an organiser for the time and effort that goes into being able to compete over such a long period of time, as well as any success that’s achieved along the way.
“The Macau circuit is a place that I just seem to have clicked with early on, and I really enjoy racing there. It’s totally unique and unlike anywhere else that I’ve raced around the world.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have raced there with some fantastic teams and great race bikes, so this is as good a time as any to say thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way, as well as the many sponsors who have put their hands in their pockets since 1993.
“As for the wax work itself, it’s scary just how life like it is. The skill and attention to detail is off the chart. I can’t deny or confirm rumours that I might have tried to persuade Madame Tussauds to go easy on the grey hairs and wrinkles - that’ll stay between them and me, however, I’ve been reliably told that my ears and nose really are that big!!
“Seriously though, it’s a huge honour for me, and to see just how much time and effort has gone into the project, it is genuinely very humbling.”