2008 was a good year for Lewis Hamitlon. In taking the Formula One drivers' title, he became the youngest champion in F1 history, and the first British champion in twelve years. To cap off his victorious season and start the new one on the right foot, after commissioning Bentley to convert her limos to run on bio-fuel, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has named Hamilton a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it? Well for starters, Lewis can add the letters MBE to his name, but unlike his predecessor Jackie Stewart, it does not entitle Hamilton to knighthood. The MBE is the lowest rank in the British order of chivalry, and was awarded to Hamilton together with nearly 1,000 other recipients on the Queen's annual new year's list. Still, not bad when combined with his own set of stamps. Oh yeah, and the F1 trophy.

[Source: McLaren, Photo by DAVE CAULKIN/AFP/Getty]


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