A special day that some of you may like to go to on October 14th to celebrate Mike Hawthorn's life and success in racing.
Below is the press release from a friend of mine in Area 1 of the Jaguar Driver's club. He is the main organiser:
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The 60th Anniversary of the First British Formula One World Champion will be celebrated by an historic car parade through the streets of his home town on Sunday the 14th October – and ALL are invited!
Mike Hawthorn became the first British Driver to secure with World Championship in 1958. In taking the title he brought British motor racing to the pinnacle of world single seater competition. Sadly Mike tragically lost his life in a road crash just months after securing his title. In 2009 a dedicated group of enthusiasts marked the 50th anniversary of this event with a parade and the same core, The Friends of Mike Hawthorn are aiming to stage a stunning repeat in Central Farnham this October.
Lead organiser Michael Ballard says:
“We did not want to mark Mike’s death again, and so have chosen this date, as being the closest weekend to Mike’s clinching of the title in Casablanca in 1958.”
The team hope to have cars of the type that Hawthorn would have known parading during the afternoon of the 14th, as well as holding a service of celebration in Farnham Parish Church. As Michael Ballard continues:
“We plan to run cars in batches around a town centre figure of eight circuit in a controlled manor, to give spectators the chance to see, hear and smell some serious machinery. We already have Jaguars of the type Mike won Le Mans with pledged, as well as a few of his actual racing machines”.
Global energy supplier Total Elf have stepped up to provide sponsorship for “The Total Elf HTX Mike Hawthorn Grand Prix de Farnham”
The Jaguar Enthusiast Club is supported by Hawthorns of Farnham to enable the road closures, and many other local companies are supporting this event. But active support is also an essential to make an event like this a reality. It has the whole-hearted support of Waverly Local Authority, who’s Leader, Cllr Julia Potts says:
“This is an event that really has the opportunity to bring many benefits to the organisers, the town and borough.” Julia pledged the LA’s support, going on to say “We are committed to working collaboratively to help deliver a great event.”
The event starts at 1pm with a service of celebration at St Andrews Church. If you enter a car, see below, you need to be at The Maltings car park by 11.00 am, although it will open by 9.00 am. Entrants will attend a civic reception after the parade.
I will be a Marshall on the day, and if any of you have cars suitable for the parade, (pre-1959) and want to take part, I can send you an application form.
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