Rolex 2018 Goodwood Revival – FAST FACTS:
- 150,000 attendees were on site for this year’s Goodwood Revival – from Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 9
- The Revival marks 20 years since competitive racing returned to the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit.
- The Revival continues to grow in stature, with historic automobiles and glamorous spectators in period dress making the journey to the world’s most revered heritage motorsport gathering.
- Rolex has supported classic car events for over two decades, closely identifying with the style and beauty on show, while appreciating the history of the sport.
- The Swiss watch brand first partnered with this exemplary event in 2004, when Rolex became the Title Sponsor of the Drivers’ Club.
- Racing commenced on Friday evening with the much anticipated Kinrara Trophy and it was only fitting that as Goodwood Revival marked its 20-year milestone, the contest was one of the most valuable motorsport races ever held.
- A field of pre-1963 closed-cockpit GT cars from legendary manufacturers competed in an electrifying exhibition of wheel-to-wheel motor racing over the course of an hour.
- No.16 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, fondly known as the ‘Breadvan’, driven by Niklas Halusa and five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Emanuele Pirro, took the checkered flag.
- Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart drove the 1957 Cooper T43, the 1966 Eagle-Weslake T1G and the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C in the Rob Walker and Dan Gurney tributes.
- Sir Jackie Stewart said: “It was an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to drive around this magical circuit once again, especially in memory of motoring legends.”
- Reflecting on the event’s milestone, Sir Jackie continued: “Seeing Goodwood Revival celebrate its 20th anniversary has been particularly nostalgic; the Duke of Richmond has established an extraordinarily unique and successful event, honoring the heritage of our sport and the beautiful cars that time will never forget. As I mark my 50th year as part of the Rolex family, it is a pleasure to be here and enjoy the special environment of the Rolex Drivers’ Club – which feels like a second home to me.”
- Fifteen races took place throughout the weekend of motorsport as Goodwood turned back the clock with pre-1968 Formula 1, saloon, prototypes, sports and Formula Junior cars gracing the 3.809 km track and thrilling fans.
- The founder of Goodwood Revival, the Duke of Richmond, crowned the 2018 Goodwood Revival winners and announced the Rolex Driver of the Meeting. The specially-engraved Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 was awarded to Darren Turner, following his display of impeccable driving in three races over the course of the weekend.
- Darren Turner said: “It is incredibly special to win a Rolex watch. I’ve raced at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and seen the winners there awarded a Rolex, as well as on the top step of the podium at Le Mans. For any driver to receive this honor at a race weekend is unforgettable. I love coming to Goodwood, it’s an amazing weekend and a privilege to be a part of, thank you to everyone involved.”
ROLEX AND ENDURANCE RACING
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacturer 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 programs 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.