Former Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell, of Upton-upon-Severn, has received a CBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Mansell, aged 58, who clocked up 31 Grand Prix wins during his career, was joined at the Palace by his family.
He professed himself “emotional” at receiving the honour, which was awarded to him for services to children and young people in recognition of his work as president of the charity UK Youth.
He was also joined at the investiture ceremony by servicemen and women who received honours for serving in Afghanistan.
Speaking after the ceremony, the retired racing driver lent his backing to plans to raise the speed limit on British motorways to 80mph.
The Government is considering raising the limit from 70mph, despite fears it could lead to more crashes.
Mr Mansell said: “I don’t see why that becomes a problem.
"When I was a young man cars weren’t really able to do 70mph. They are very safe now.”