Geneva, 29 August 2019 – Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Goodwood Revival has been a magical step back in time, honouring the legacy of motor racing between 1948 and 1966. Rolex’s long-term partnership with this meeting highlights a timeless appreciation for the past and of creations from a bygone era. From Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September, drivers, mechanics and spectators, dressed in the fashion of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, will once again celebrate the history of the automobile. In line with Rolex’s enduring commitment to motor sport – dating back to the early 1930s – the Goodwood Revival recognizes the significance of a period which pushed the boundaries of technology and inspired cultural trends that continue to resonate today.
Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart said: “The Goodwood Revival is unique in the world of motoring – it is a collection of the finest cars in the most beautiful setting. The Duke of Richmond has built it into a magnificent time capsule that brings to life the history of our sport, with superb cars and spectators encouraged to dress in the mode of this Golden Age. The authenticity of the event is exceptional and something you will always remember fondly. Rolex is very much part of the Goodwood Revival; the quality, immaculate detail, integrity and prestige perfectly aligns the brand with the Revival.”
Throughout the three-day event, Goodwood Motor Circuit hosts wheel-to-wheel racing alongside captivating paddock activity. The highly anticipated Kinrara Trophy launches competitive proceedings on Friday evening as an array of the most expensive pre-1963 closed-cockpit cars race into the sunset. A further 14 races will follow on Saturday and Sunday, as motorcycles, touring cars, GT automobiles and prototypes recreate the glory days. The two-driver Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race on Sunday is set to be a particular highlight of the weekend, featuring a breathtaking collection of priceless GT cars in an hour-long contest.
At the heart of the event is the Rolex Drivers’ Club, bringing together aficionados and motor racing heroes from across the ages. Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR champion and winner of the 2017 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, will attend for the first time and take on driving duties. While making his return to Goodwood, and driving a 1960s Paton in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, is multiple MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa. Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen, a regular visitor to the Revival, will also compete again this year. The Danish legend and record nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans said: “Goodwood Motor Circuit is very challenging. The circuit is fast and the layout of the track equally so, requiring enormous concentration. It is a tremendous feeling driving an old-school circuit in vintage cars. I always drive the track with the utmost respect, remembering the great drivers and iconic cars that have raced there.”
Away from the track, Beatlemania will sweep the paddock, as the Revival pays tribute to the Swinging Sixties. Rarely seen Mini Coopers, once owned by The Beatles, will be on display for visitors to admire, as the fashion of the decade is honoured across the weekend. The Revival High Street will once again transport the crowds back to the 1940s, 50s and 60s, while the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation gathers rare and historic aircraft.
On Sunday evening, as the Goodwood Revival draws to a close, the Rolex Driver of the Meeting award is presented to the competitor who has exhibited flawless skill behind the wheel during the event. Throughout the weekend, the Revival provides attendees with a unique opportunity to experience and appreciate the past, while recognizing how motor racing has shaped engineering efficiency in the modern world. Rolex supports this trip down memory lane, reflecting on the legacy of the automobile, culture and fashion.
ROLEX AND MOTOR SPORT
Rolex’s close ties with motor sport date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300 mph barrier (483 km/h) at the wheel of his car Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, its support extending to revered endurance events such as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2013, Rolex became associated with Formula 1®, the pinnacle of motor sport, having supported Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart since 1968. The brand also has a global appreciation for classic car 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.
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 Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and 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 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house 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. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.