Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Tribute To Phil Hill During Lord March Goodwood Revival
The 2006 Goodwood Revival was held 60 miles from London, and many race legends celebrities participated. The Goodwood Revival, the brainchild of Lord March, is a race meeting that brings together cars and motorcycles that would or did compete on the Goodwood Motor Circuit between 1948 and 1966.
In addition to the spectacular vintage racing action, the entire event takes on a vintage look and feel. The Goodwood Circuit itself has been restored to its original appearance and many spectators wear period clothing. It is truly a one-of-a-kind event and a highlight of each vintage racing season.
The following drivers, represented by Race Legends, made appearances:
Derek Bell, five-times Le Mans winner, drove a Jaguar Mk I (St Mary's Trophy) and a Jaguar E-type Lightweight (Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration).
Sir Jack Brabham, three-times Formula One World Champion, was there for the entire event.
Tony Brooks, former Grand Prix driver, was also in attendance.
Phil Hill, triple Le Mans winner and the USA’s first F1 World Champion, took part in a series of track parades in recognition of his career achievements as well as his son.
Sir Stirling Moss drove a Jaguar Mk VII (St Mary's Trophy), an Austin Healey Sprite (Fordwater Trophy) and the unique four-wheel drive Ferguson Project 99 (Richmond Trophy).
Paul Chenard sent me a photo of Phil Hill visiting with UK driver Julian Balme while sitting next to his #54 Lincoln Cosmopolotin that he drove in the 1991 La Carrera Panamericana. This is just the sort of gentleman I knew Phil Hill to be. While many drivers who drove most of the "high end" cars tend to hang with their own crowd, Phil Hill made all drivers feel as important as he was.