Chichester, West Sussex, ENGLAND — Goodwood is planning to honor the 50th anniversary of Sir Jackie Stewart’s first Formula 1 World Championship — as well as his 80th birthday — with a fitting celebration at the July 4-7 Festival of Speed.
The event will feature a number of Stewart’s most famous cars tackling the Hill, including the first car he ever raced: a Marcos Xylon Special, and the BRM P261 that helped him claim his first Grand Prix victory.
“The gathering of the very best road, race and rally cars in the world makes the Festival of Speed one of the great events in our country,” said Stewart. “Goodwood has assembled a number of special cars from my career, and I hope to drive as many as of them as I can over the weekend.”
While Stewart is known for his success on track, he is equally synonymous for his work in improving safety in motorsports, begun after a crash at Spa-Francorchamps in 1966 left him trapped in his car for 25 minutes. He was eventually freed from the car by fellow drivers, using a toolkit borrowed from a spectator, and was put into a van before an ambulance finally arrived.
After recovering, Stewart campaigned — against strong opposition — to ensure that safety measures were improved. His efforts led to the mandatory use of pit crash barriers, seatbelts and full-face helmets.