Special Thanks from the organisers
… to all the marshals and the Unity Support Riders who patrolled the route in such unappealing conditions.
… to the staff at the Farnham Maltings who looked after everybody so well.
… to the owners and drivers of the fantastic cars who braved the conditions.
… and finally to the public who lined the streets to make if all worthwhile.
After a twitter discussion, and having intended to visit for some time, a Sunday afternoon walk included the Onslow Arboretum in Guildford, the site of a tree planted in Mike Hawthorn’s memory on 22nd January 1999, 40 years to the day after he died on the (very) nearby A3.
Perhaps fittingly, rather than a Hawthorn, the tree is a Quickthorn, the label for which is now the only sign of the story behind the tree. In January 2009, to mark the 50th anniversary, a plaque was unveiled next to the tree, but by April of that year, it had disappeared.
Now that the quickthorn and the trees around it are more mature, it doesn’t stand out in the same way it did when it was planted. You could say that it fitted in a bit too well, becoming anonymous.
A fuller story, and directions for how to find the tree, can be found at Mike-Hawthorn.org.uk
We’ve launched our “Official” Poster! Please do feel free to share…
Many thanks to our poster designer, George Roach.
We’ve updated the list of vehicles registered to parade on Sunday 14th October, and it is getting quite long!
Take a look at Parade Vehicles.
UKMotorTalk spoke to Total Elf HTX Grand Prix of Farnham Lead Organiser, Michael Ballard, about the event, Mike Hawthorn, and why the event is happening in Farnham on October 14th.
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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 14th October 2018, and ALL are invited!
Mike Hawthorn became the first British driver to secure the World Championship in 1958. In taking the title he brought British motor racing to the pinnacle of world single-seater competition.
Sadly, Mike lost his life in a road crash just months after securing his title, and in 2009 a dedicated group of enthusiasts marked the 50th anniversary of this event with a parade through Farnham.
This year, the same core team, The Friends of Mike Hawthorn, are aiming to stage a stunning repeat of this tribute in October.
The event’s 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 clinching 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 October, as well as holding a service of celebration in Farnham Parish Church.
Michael Ballard continues, “We plan to run cars in batches around the 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 in 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“.
Active support is also essential to make an event like this a reality and it has the whole-hearted support of Waverley Borough Council. Leader of the Council, Cllr Julia Potts says, “This is an event that really has the opportunity to bring many benefits to the organisers, the town and borough. We are committed to working collaboratively to help deliver a great event.”
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From the surroundings of The Barley Mow pub, on the green in Tilford, that Mike Hawthorn was most familiar with, the “Total Elf HTX Mike Hawthorn Grand Prix of Farnham” was announced.
It will take to the streets of Farnham in Surrey on Sunday 14th October 2018.
The day’s events will include a parade around the town of Mike Hawthorn related vehicles and a church service in his memory.
More information will follow soon!