BRITISH STYLE AND MOTORING HEROES HONOURED AT THE REVIVAL

BRITISH STYLE AND MOTORING HEROES
HONOURED AT THE REVIVAL

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Sunday 10 September 2017 – Spectators set aside their binoculars and drivers hung up their helmets this Sunday afternoon as Goodwood Revival in Sussex, England rounded off an enchanting summer of British style and sporting tradition. The Earl of March’s eagerly-awaited broadcast from the pit lane signalled the finale of this year’s Revival, with crowds gathering expectantly to hear who would take home the acclaimed “Rolex Driver of the Meeting” award.

Demonstrating courage, spirit and skill under immense pressure on track in the RAC TT Celebration, it was 18-year-old Oliver Hart who won over the judges and fittingly received the specially-engraved Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41. He described how it felt to win the award on his debut drive at Goodwood in the AC Cobra: “During the race I was just pushing, trying and trying to keep the car going and maintain acceleration, which was so difficult. I never expected to win this watch, especially as it is the first time I’ve raced here. It is amazing and I am so happy. »

Each morning a colourful parade of over 125 Fiat 500s opened the 2017 Goodwood Revival, which celebrated 60 years since the memorable 1957 British Grand Prix at Aintree when Sir Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks won an extraordinary race – the first and last time two drivers shared a Grand Prix victory. The iconic British car manufacturer TVR made the automotive headlines this year by unveiling its latest model, the TVR V8 sports car, to the delight of motoring enthusiasts. This was the first time Goodwood Revival has featured a car debut – a pivotal moment in the event’s history. It is this dedication to preserving the past, while pioneering future technology that perfectly aligns Rolex with heritage motor sport events around the world, including Goodwood Revival, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and Monterey Classic Car Week.”

Off track the “Revival Emporium” took centre stage with a series of flamboyant catwalk shows throughout the weekend, bringing the vintage flair of the 40s, 50s and 60s to life. Tartan was the overriding theme of the event and visitors took to the grid dressed in kilts as a special tribute to the Scottish Ecurie Ecosse team, which twice won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with their D-Type Jaguars. The best-dressed winners parade on Sunday afternoon concluded the fashion extravaganza, offering visitors a chance to model their show-stopping outfits from the weekend.

Style has always been a focus of the Revival and nowhere is this more apparent than at the prestigious Rolex Drivers’ Club, where drivers and their families – many of whom have travelled thousands of miles to be at the event – seek a quiet sanctuary over the course of the three days. Among those in attendance were Rolex Testimonees Sir Jackie Stewart and Tom Kristensen, both of whom delighted fans by taking to the famed Goodwood track this year. Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the Drivers’ Club since 2004 – the epicentre of the largest historic motor sport celebration in the world.

Backing up his 2016 Kinrara Trophy victory with a consecutive podium finish, nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen said: “Each year I’ve come to Goodwood Revival I’ve driven a new car so every lap is an adventure – that’s what makes the Revival so special. The Kinrara was a fantastic fight and to achieve this result is a great feeling. I want to thank Lord March for inviting me here again and to Rolex for supporting this remarkable event, where I always feel so at home. »

Reflecting on the weekend, three-time FIA Formula One™ Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart added: “There is no event like it in the world – at Goodwood Revival incredibly passionate people come to celebrate the most beautiful cars that have ever been built.”

ROLEX AND HERITAGE

Rolex’s links 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 of performance and innovation represented a milestone in sporting history and perfectly reflects Rolex’s culture. Rolex has since maintained an appreciation for motor sport tradition and heritage, hence the brand’s close ties to Goodwood Revival, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and Monterey Classic Car Week as a whole. These events are a glorious step back in time, offering a unique opportunity to relive the Golden Age of motor sport and celebrate the style and beauty of a forgotten era, as well as the sport’s heroes.

ABOUT ROLEX

Rolex, the Swiss watch brand headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. 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. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.

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