Legends and legacies at the Goodwood Revival


For 24 years, the Goodwood Revival has celebrated the heritage of motorsport, recreating the romance and innovation at the heart of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. at a time when dedication, craftsmanship and craftsmanship enabled the rapid development of the modern mainstream automobile.

Now, decades later, these meticulously preserved machines are tested to their limits on the track for the current generation to enjoy. Rolex is aware of the importance of history in the composition of motor racing, as the sport continues to showcase cutting-edge technology. The Swiss watchmaker has been the official watch of the Goodwood Revival since 2004, when it became the main sponsor of the Rolex Drivers’ Club.

This year, a trio of icons will be honored at the Revival, in their quest to carry on the legacy of the drivers, teams and cars that inspire the world of motorsport and beyond. Spectators will witness one-of-a-kind parades to mark Ferrari’s 75th anniversary, 100 years of the Austin 7 and 60 years of Graham Hill’s first FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Notably, each day a fleet of more than 40 Hill race cars will take to the track, including his « old trusty » 1962 champion BRM P578, which will be driven by his son and fellow world champion, Damon Hill.

The Goodwood Revival continues to attract prestigious personalities from various disciplines of motorsport. IndyCar legends Jimmie Johnson and Scott Dixon are leaving Indianapolis for Goodwood as they make their racing debuts this year. They will join Goodwood regular Dario Franchitti and 15 former 24 Hours of Le Mans winners including defending champion Brendon Hartley and Rolex testimonial Tom Kristensen. Tom Kristensen, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, explains what it feels like to participate in the Revival: At the Goodwood Revival, we race alongside great drivers, who have the same passion for motorsport. There is a lot of camaraderie between all of us, and a huge respect for the heritage of the cars and the circuit, which creates a very special atmosphere. »

Stock races will be featured alongside new races, with 13 different contests split into 15 races… from motorcycles to Austin A40s, everything is featured. New features include the first-ever all-MGB dedicated race, as well as familiar races like the closed-cockpit RAC TT Celebration and the weekend’s finest race, the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy, with Jenson Button in the lead. of poster of the two races.

Having made his Revival debut in 2021, Rolex Witness and 2009 Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Button says: I’m very excited to be back at the Revival, especially as this year I’ll be racing Adrian Newey’s lightweight Jaguar E-Type. Racing here is an extraordinary experience, with so many of the best drivers in the world competing against each other and pushing these magnificent cars to their limits. During the weekend, the Rolex Drivers’ Club becomes a second home for us; it brings together people from all motorsports in an incredible setting. Everyone wears outfits from another era, it’s like a time capsule; You have to see it to believe it « .

From the track to the 150,000 glamorous visitors who flock to the Sussex Downs in period dress, the Goodwood Revival captures the golden age of motorsport in lavish fashion. For the first time, the event will feature the ‘Revive and Thrive’ village, where renowned artists, artisans and vintage specialists will lead workshops, sharing their knowledge and expertise. To close the festivities on Sunday afternoon, the Diver of the Meeting will receive an Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41, one of the most recognizable timepieces in the world.

A Goodwood legend, who not only raced on the circuit in the 1960s but is a regular at the Revival, is Rolex testimonial Sir Jackie Stewart. The three-time FIA ​​Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion, who has been part of the Rolex family for more than half a century, recalls: Rolex and the Goodwood Revival have a wonderful relationship because watch and car enthusiasts understand the immense privilege of owning something very special, steeped in history. Motor vehicles have become an integral part of our way of life, racing drivers have become household names and circuits have become world famous. When we look back on this fabulous era for motorsport, an era that also saw the launch of the iconic Rolex Datejust in 1945, we can learn a lot. »

Rolex and Motorsport

Rolex’s close ties to motorsport date back to the successes of Sir Malcolm Campbell in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300 mph (483 km/h) barrier at the wheel of his car, Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, with its support extending to revered endurance events such as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA Endurance World. In 2013, Rolex joined forces with Formula 1®, the pinnacle of motorsport, having supported Rolex testimonial Sir Jackie Stewart since 1968. The three-time FIA ​​Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion was joined by other personalities from the world of motorsport: Tom Kristensen, nine times winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Mark Webber, multiple Formula 1® winner and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion and, more recently, Jenson Button, 2009 Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion. The brand is also loved around the world for classic motoring events steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Goodwood Revival.

About the Goodwood Revival

The Goodwood Revival is the largest gathering of historic motor racing in the world, and the only sporting event of its kind to be held entirely on a period theme. More than just a historic racing weekend, it’s an immersive celebration of a less disposable world, where ‘do and fix’ was a way of life rather than just a slogan.

The Revival is, at heart, a celebration of craftsmanship and sustainability, of a time when goods were made to last and be treasured. It promotes a whole new modern philosophy – “reduce, reuse, repair, restore and recycle” – in the most authentic way possible. All cars are original, having been lovingly cared for since leaving the factory, many outfits have been passed down from generation to generation, and even retailers specialize in second-hand items, no matter what. be it clothing, accessories, motoring objects or books.

It is, proudly, the biggest and most glamorous occasion event in the world.

About Rolex

An unrivaled reputation for quality and craftsmanship, Rolex is an integrated and independent Swiss watch manufacturer. Based in Geneva, the brand is recognized worldwide for its know-how and the quality of its products, symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The movements of its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches are COSC-certified and then tested in-house for accuracy, performance and reliability. The Superlative Chronometer certification, symbolized by the green seal, confirms that each watch has successfully undergone tests carried out by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria. These are periodically validated by an independent external body. The word « Perpetual » is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster watch. But more than just a word on a dial, it’s a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the company’s founder, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that was to drive the company forward. This led to Rolex pioneering the development of the wristwatch and many major horological innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the perpetual rotor automatic winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Throughout its history, Rolex has filed more than 500 patents. At its four sites in Switzerland, the brand designs, develops and produces most of the components of its watches, from the casting of gold alloys to the machining, manufacture, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. In addition, the brand is actively involved in supporting arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who imagine solutions to preserve the planet.

Andre Tirlet

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