Britain’s first F1 champion celebrated
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.’