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The spirit of racing

Exceptional racing spirit defines the 2023 Goodwood Revival
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This year’s Goodwood Revival in September celebrated revered motor sport figures past and present, many of whom were pushing prized machines to their limits on track, before seeking sanctuary from the late summer heat in the Rolex Drivers’ Club. It was here that drivers and teams reminisced and refuelled over the three days. Fondly known as the heart of the Revival, Rolex became Title Sponsor of the prestigious Drivers’ Club in 2004, when the Swiss watchmaker first supported the event as the Official Timepiece. Two Rolex brand testimonees share their thoughts about this important event – Formula 1 racing legend, Jackie Stewart, who’s been wearing a Rolex on his wrist for 54 years and nine-time Formula 1 champion, Mark Webber.

Rolex testimonee, Sir Jackie Stewart
How did it feel to be honoured at the 2023 Goodwood Revival, 50 years to the day since you achieved your third World Championship in Monza?
It’s quite unbelievable to think that it’s 50 years since that day in Monza. Whether it’s reminiscing on my victories at a particular circuit or a milestone since an important win, quite often I’m taken aback that people know what happened during my career. The track parade at the Goodwood Revival last weekend was very special. The crowds around the circuit were so appreciative – I really enjoyed it.

What makes the Goodwood Revival such a special event?
Every year, the Goodwood Revival raises its game and attracts more people who come to see these cherished cars. These occasions remind us of the creativity and style of a bygone era, and they champion and preserve achievements of the past. Rolex plays a very important role and it’s a wonderful relationship because passionate car and watch aficionados understand the privilege of owning something very special – something with great history, elegance and the pioneering mechanics of its era.

This year marks 75 years of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Why it is such a special place for you?
Goodwood Motor Circuit always brings back fond memories for me, having first visited when I was just 14 years old. I was inspired by my elder brother, who was a racing driver, and he would take me with him. Since then, I have spent many years at this historic track and it has become a special place for me. Racing there changed my path in life, ultimately giving me the opportunity to compete in Formula 1.

From a driver’s perspective, what does Rolex’s involvement bring to the Revival?
The Goodwood Revival is the greatest celebration of its kind, not only do the very best cars come to the Revival but also the most passionate people. The great drivers and mechanics past and present are able
to experience the Revival in a very privileged way at the Rolex Drivers’ Club. And of course, the Rolex watches worn add elegance to the attire and bring many a great story to the weekend.

Rolex testimonee, Mark Webber
How did it feel to be racing again and making your competitive debut at Goodwood, particularly in the first ever 100 per cent sustainably fuelled race?
The build-up to this race has been nerve wracking. It was a very competitive and talented field, which included my old Formula 1 rival and fellow Rolex Testimonee Jenson Button. The Porsche 911s of that time are challenging to drive on the limit, but it’s been thoroughly enjoyable. The Revival has provided a great re-entry into the sport for me – it’s amazing to see the passion, enthusiasm and sporting rivalry of those involved.

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