Geneva, Wednesday 8 August 2018 – Next month’s Goodwood Revival Meeting marks 20 years since competitive racing returned to the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit, with 150,000 visitors gathering to appreciate the tradition of the racing car and its legendary drivers. From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September, Goodwood will rewind the clock for one of the world’s most popular motor sport events, honouring motoring heritage of days gone by. Rolex has a long-standing appreciation for the beauty of classic cars having supported Goodwood Revival since 2004 when the brand became Title Sponsor of the prestigious Drivers’ Club.
Held in a picturesque corner of Southern England, the three-day event will see cars and motorcycles from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s parade and compete at the iconic track. Style will take centre stage alongside wheel-to-wheel racing, as passionate fans from all corners of the globe flock to Goodwood Revival dressed entirely in glamourous vintage fashion – emulating the original spectacle in all its glory. A collection of the world’s most desirable vehicles will line up on display for all to admire, before being put to the test on the track. As part of Goodwood Revival’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the pits will be themed to hark back to early 1950s Silverstone, in honour of the Northamptonshire circuit’s 70th anniversary, while the Revival Winners parade will assemble 50 renowned and victorious race cars from the past two decades.
The 2018 edition of the Revival comprises 14 races, with the action starting on Friday evening when the Kinrara Trophy sees a stunning array of pre-1963 GT cars race into the sunset. The Fordwater Trophy is set to be a particularly memorable feature of this year’s event, with a number of Jaguar XK120s taking part to mark the 70th anniversary of the manufacturer’s illustrious sports car. A returning highlight, that promises to be as entertaining as ever, will be the St Mary’s Trophy, the two-part race contested by professional and amateur drivers. Speed, performance and precision will all be fundamental to success at the event, as the Rolex clock on the Marshal Tower provides drivers with a visual reminder that timing is of the utmost importance.
2009 FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Jenson Button will make his Goodwood Revival debut for the JD Classics team, as he joins a long list of motor sport stars who have graced the track, including Rolex Testimonees Sir Jackie Stewart and Tom Kristensen, David Coulthard, Jean Alesi, Derek Bell and Dario Franchitti. The drivers will all be vying to stand out from the rest of the field in their bid to claim the highly coveted Rolex Driver of the Meeting award – the winner of which will be announced by the Duke of Richmond at Sunday evening’s prize-giving ceremony.
Reflecting on Goodwood’s role at the heart of motor sport, Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart said: “I was first invited to drive at Goodwood Motor Circuit by Ken Tyrrell in 1964, to find out whether I had what it took to be a racing driver; it proved to be an instrumental moment in my life and led to three World Championships. I have since been fortunate enough to see Goodwood Revival evolve into one of the greatest events of its kind. For 20 years it has celebrated the most beautiful cars that have ever been built and it takes me back to the early days of my racing career.”
The Scottish legend, who is celebrating his own special anniversary this year as he marks 50 years as part of the Rolex family, continued: “Rolex’s close ties with the Revival demonstrate a shared passion for style and beauty as well as a quest to preserve and learn from the past. The partnership underlines the Swiss watch brand’s commitment to motor sport as a whole.”
ROLEX AND CLASSIC CAR EVENTS
Rolex’s close ties to motor racing and speed date back to the 1930s when Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the 300-mile per hour barrier at the wheel of his World Land Speed Record car, Bluebird, with a Rolex on his wrist. This pioneering moment represented a milestone in sporting history and Rolex has since maintained an appreciation for motor sport tradition and heritage, hence the brand’s partnerships with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Monterey Classic Car Week and Goodwood Revival. These events are a glorious step back in time, enjoyed by automobile enthusiasts and motor racing fans worldwide; they offer a unique opportunity to relive the Golden Age of motor sport and celebrate the style and beauty of classic cars, as well as the sport’s heroes.
AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXPERTISE
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.