Resource for origin of this award and information on early recipients was The Captain, Ron Spencer.

 

Some years ago, probably 1992 or so, at a CarGuys, Inc.® high-performance driving school at Roebling Road in Savannah, Ga., Tarheel member, Bill Wilkins, was instructing Tarheel member and novice track driver, Bill Gratton. Though Bill W. was a very good instructor, Bill G. was just a little too aggressive for his experience and overcooked turns 1 and 2. The two went off on the outside and then back across the track. The car almost came to a stop, but the sand had built up along the wheels and, at about 5 or 10 mph, over on its side it went. Both occupants were unscathed, but Bill W. exited the car with the instructor's-side door handle in hand, only adding to the bench-racing story of the incident.

The original door handle was returned to Bill G. to mend his car. However, later that same year, Ron Spencer was walking from one worker-station to another at Summit Point and saw yet another door handle on the ground. The Roebling incident immediately came to mind, along with an idea to immortalize the humorous Bill and Bill incident. Together with Queen Jean Wilkins, Bill's wife, the Golden Door Handle Award was born to "honor" the Tarheel member(s) involved in the most notorious off(s) of the year.

 

Recipients of the Golden Door Handle Award

2010 No Worthy Recipient! Really?!?
2009 Bryan Settle and Sean Dennis
2008 Cline Hall
2007 Bernie Baake
2006 Charlie Guthrie
2005 Stephen Westerfield and Cathie Taylor
2004 Charlie Guthrie
2003 Mark O'Dell and Karl "it's busted" Shultz
2002 Matt Graham
2001 Robert "The Enforcer" Plank
the last time we don't remember the year Mark Vitacco
yet another year Dean Irwin
a different year Carla Ball
another year Oscar White
one year "The Captain", Ron Spencer
the 1st year Bill Wilkins

2010  No Worthy Recipient! Really?!?
2009  Bryan Settle and Sean Dennis
2008  Cline Hall
2007  Bernie Baake
2006  Charlie Guthrie
2005  Stephen Westerfield and Cathie Taylor
2004  Charlie Guthrie
2003  Mark O'Dell and Karl "it's busted" Shultz
2002  Matt Graham
2001  Robert "The Enforcer" Plank
the last time we don't remember the year  Mark Vitacco
yet another year  Dean Irwin
a different year  Carla Ball
another year  Oscar White
one year  "The Captain", Ron Spencer
the 1st year  Bill Wilkins