Goodwood Revival to honour three icons this year
The Goodwood Revival is one of the most iconic festival events on the car enthusiast’s calendar, a celebration of automobile history of days gone past, and the masters who drove and designed them. This year, the Goodwood revival will honour three iconic legends from the history of automobiles. Ferrari’s 75th anniversary, 100 Years of the Austin 7 and the 60th anniversary of Graham Hill’s first F1 world championship will be celebrated with an array of celebratory events this year, from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September at the Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Ferrari is celebrating 75 years of its existence as the premier supercar maker in the world, having had the ultimate success in both motor racing as well as road car performance. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, the humble Austin 7 city car gets its day in the sun, celebrating 100 years since it became one of the original “people’s cars” in the world. The spectacle however, is reserved for F1 world champion Graham Hill, whose 1962 title victory is being celebrated with over 40 of his racing cars taking to the track, including the 1962 BRM P578 with which he won the championship, and which will be driven by his son and fellow world champion Damon Hill.
The festival also sees the debut of two superstars from America, Jimmie Johnson and Scott Dixon, who will join regulars Dario Franchitti, Tom Kristensen, Jenson Button and Jackie Stewart. Speaking about the event, Kristensen said, “At the Goodwood Revival, you race alongside some great drivers, who have the same passion for motor sport. There is a lot of camaraderie amongst us all, and enormous respect for the heritage of the cars and the circuit, which creates a very special atmosphere.”
At the end of the event, the best driver, called the ‘Driver of the Meeting’, is awarded a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41, one of the most iconic timepieces in the world and a touchstone of Rolex’s involvement in the motorsport fraternity.