The Total Elf HTX Mike Hawthorn Grand Prix de Farnham

Price: Free

Formula 1 in Farnham!

Yes 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, Farnham, Surrey on Sunday the 14th October – and ALL are invited!

Event Summary

Event Price:

Free Event

Date & Time:

Date: Sunday 14th October 2018

Time: 12:00am

Mike Hawthorn became the first British Driver to secure the Motor Racing World Championship in 1958. In taking the title he brought British motor racing to the pinnacle of world single seater competition. Sadly Mike tragically lost his life in a road crash just months after securing his title. In 2009 a dedicated group of enthusiasts marked the 50th anniversary of this event with a parade and the same core, The Friends of Mike Hawthorn are aiming to stage a stunning repeat in Central Farnham this October.

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’s clinching of 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, as well as holding a service of celebration in Farnham Parish Church. As Michael Ballard continues:

“We plan to run cars in batches around a 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 with 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 Enthusiast Club is supported by Hawthorns of Farnham to enable the road closures and marshalling, many other local companies are supporting this event. But active support is also an essential to make an event like this a reality. It has the whole-hearted support of Waverly Local Authority, who’s Leader, Cllr Julia Potts says:

“This is an event that really has the opportunity to bring many benefits to the organisers, the town and borough.” Julia pledged the LA’s support, going on to say “We are committed to working collaboratively to help deliver a great event.”

This event is open to all JEC members to view and promises to be a unique event with fabulous cars. No cost just turn up and enjoy.

There are still places in the pre 1959 parade If you have or know of an interesting car or competition car of that era Mike would like to hear from you: contact him on [email protected].

If it is anything like the 2009 event it wil be very special indeed!