Press Release – 14th October in Farnham – All invited!

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“.

The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club is supported by Hawthorns of Farnham to enable the road closures, and many other local companies are supporting this event.

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.”

For Press Enquiries, more details and pictures of the launch event, contact Michael Ballard:

7 Replies to “Press Release – 14th October in Farnham – All invited!”

    1. Hello Pam,
      Yes, assuming that Farnham isn’t flooded, and there aren’t safety reasons to stop things, the parade will go ahead. Fingers crossed that it’ll cheer up a bit at about 2pm!

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