TTXGP founder and Mavizen Chief Executive Officer Azhar Hussain has been named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth for his services to motorsport.

Hussain, the CEO of eGrandPrix which organizes the TTXGP, the world’s first sanctioned zero emission motorcycle race.

The TTXGP began as a single race on the Isle of Man in 2009 before growing into an international organization with three racing series.

The Order of the British Empire is a knightly order. As an MBE, Hussain joins the order’s lowest rank, though it is still one of Britain’s highest honors.

“It’s the first mainstream award for zero carbon motorsport, and given that we have only two seasons behind us, it symbolises the huge impact we have already made as well as the enormous potential of the industry,” Hussain wrote in an open letter on the TTXGP website. “TTXGP has made a significant contribution to motorsport, and this honour from the Queen acknowledges it.”

Hussain was one of several hundreds of people named by Queen Elizabeth to various classes of the Order on June 11, a British holiday marking the Queen’s ceremonial birthday.

Also honored as an MBE was David Knight, the three-time World Enduro Champion for his services to motorcycling. Another of the more recognizable names (at least, from this side of the Atlantic) honored was Academy Award winner Colin Firth for his services to drama. Firth, of course, won his Oscar for playing the Queen’s father, King George VI in The King’s Speech. Firth was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), the third level of the order behind actual knighthood.

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[Source: TTXGP]