Preserving Motoring Heritage at the 2021 Goodwood Revival

Preserving Motoring Heritage at the 2021 Goodwood Revival

15.09.2021: Since 1997, the Goodwood Revival has celebrated the heritage of motor sport, taking a glorious step back in time to the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. For three days starting this Friday (17–19 September), automobiles and their owners, drivers and spectators wil


Since 1997, the Goodwood Revival has celebrated the heritage of motor sport, taking a glorious step back in time to the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. For three days starting this Friday (17–19 September), automobiles and their owners, drivers and spectators will become part of this immersive celebration as the glamour and style of motor racing’s heyday is recreated.



Rolex has a profound appreciation for the past and the legends that make up the fabric of the sport; for 17 years, the Swiss watch brand has supported the Goodwood Revival and the Rolex Drivers’ Club, sharing an eagerness to remember and learn from yesteryear.


 


Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart says:


"The Goodwood Revival is one of the great motor sport events and Rolex has been deeply involved since 2004. It is a journey down memory lane – just look at the array of cars and the incredible style on display.



The collection of cars is the best and most expensive in the world and they actually race against each other – this doesn’t happen anywhere else like it does at Goodwood. It is one of the most special gatherings on the global motor sport calendar and Rolex plays a part in that as the Official Timepiece."




 


After a year’s absence, the Revival returns in 2021 with many of its crowd-favourite races, including the two-part St Mary’s Trophy for 1950s saloon cars and the spectacular, high-speed Whitsun Trophy. The world’s most valuable grid will line up on Friday as GT cars from the early 1960s race wheel-to-wheel into the dusk in the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy, renamed in honour of the man known as Mr Goodwood who died last year.



On Saturday, there is an exciting one-off addition to the schedule in the form of the John Whitmore Trophy, pitting 30 Mini Coopers against each other in a two-driver contest to mark the car’s 60th anniversary. Tom Kristensen, a Rolex Testimonee, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Goodwood regular, says:


"It is a privilege to drive vintage vehicles – some of the cars are older than me, and you really get an in-depth feeling for how the technology has advanced and evolved over the generations. The Goodwood Revival gives us the opportunity to look back and celebrate the heritage of motor sport as well as its ongoing influence on society."




 


The 2021 Goodwood Revival is incorporating new celebrations and viewing areas, as well as remembering special moments from Great Britain’s history. To commemorate the 1946 London Victory Parade, a motorcade of 150 military and civilian vehicles will take to the circuit on Sunday, led by a marching group that includes key workers from the armed and emergency services, so crucial to the continuing pandemic efforts.




Away from the track, in admiration of the “make do and mend” mindset of previous generations, Woodcote Corner will showcase several restoration projects celebrating craftmanship and sustainability. This year, the Rolex Drivers’ Club – always at the heart of the weekend – will have a new home next to the Earls Court Motor Show, on display to visitors for the first time.


 


For Sir Jackie, travelling to Goodwood Motor Circuit each year is an opportunity for him to reflect on his career and the circuit’s considerable influence on his life:



"Goodwood is a very special place for me because I went there with my older brother, Jimmy, in 1954, when I was a wee boy. He won the Johnson Trophy, driving an Ecurie Ecosse Type C Jaguar, and I was there to applaud him. Later, during my career, I raced at Goodwood and it changed my path in life, ultimately giving me the opportunity to compete in Formula 1. What’s really special is the fact that my brother drove the exact track I did, and it is still the same for today’s drivers – it remains an incredible challenge."



In a sport that is all about racing against the clock, the Goodwood Revival is a rare and magical occasion that captures a moment in time, embracing the long-term pursuit for the preservation and promotion of heritage.

 

For all those involved, it is a unique opportunity to appreciate and reflect on the style, technology and personalities of a bygone era that continue to influence today’s world.



Throughout Rolex’s history, the brand has supported those who strive to push the boundaries, and continues to take the time to celebrate pioneering individuals, such as Sir Jackie Stewart and Tom Kristensen, and their enduring legacies.



 


ABOUT THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL



The Goodwood Revival is the world’s greatest historic motor race meeting, and the only sporting event of its kind to be staged entirely in a period theme. More than just an unrivalled weekend of historic racing, it is a whimsical step back in time; an immersive celebration of a less disposable world, where “make do and mend” was a way of life rather than a casual slogan.



The Revival is, at its heart, a celebration of craftsmanship and sustainability, from an age when possessions were made to last and be cherished. It promotes a thoroughly modern ethos – to “reduce, reuse, repair, restore and recycle” – in the most authentic way possible.


All the cars are original, having been lovingly maintained since new, many of the outfits have been handed down through generations, and even the retailers specialise in pre-owned artefacts – everything from clothes and accessories to automobilia and books.



It is, proudly, the world’s biggest and most glamorous second-hand event.




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 three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion has been joined by fellow high achievers from the world of motor sport: Tom Kristensen, the record nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, and Mark Webber, the multiple Formula 1® race winner and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion. The brand also has a global appreciation for classic automotive 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 ROLEX
AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXPERTISE



Rolex is an integrated and independent Swiss watch manufacture. Headquartered in Geneva, the brand is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products – symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige.



The movements of its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches are certified by COSC, then tested in-house for their precision, performance and reliability. The Superlative Chronometer certification, symbolized by the green seal, confirms that each watch has successfully undergone tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria. These are periodically validated by an independent external organization.



The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster watch. 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. In the course of its history, Rolex has registered over 500 patents.



At its four sites in Switzerland, the brand designs, develops and produces the majority of its watch components, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, the brand is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.





Virginie Chevailler, Grace Mennem- photos Rolex

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