Bri­tain’s first F1 cham­pion cel­e­brated

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

The 60th an­niver­sary of Mike Hawthorn’s For­mula One World Cham­pi­onship win will be cel­e­brated at the To­tal Elf HTX Mike Hawthorn Grand Prix de Farn­ham on 14 Oc­to­ber.

Hawthorn be­came the first Brit to win the World Cham­pi­onship in 1958, driv­ing for Fer­rari, but trag­i­cally died in a road ac­ci­dent just months af­ter his vic­tory.

The 50th an­niver­sary of his death was cel­e­brated in his home town, Farn­ham, in 2009 by The Friends of Mike Hawthorn, who or­gan­ised the first ‘Grand Prix of Farn­ham’ and who are also or­gan­is­ing this year’s event. Lead Or­gan­iser, Michael Bal­lard, said: ‘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.’

Cars of the type that Hawthorn owned and raced will pa­rade through the town cen­tre in a fig­ure of eight in the af­ter­noon, while a cel­e­bra­tion ser­vice will also be held at Farn­ham Parish Church.

Michael said: ‘Spec­ta­tors will have 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.’


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