Mike Hawthorn Celebration Day ready to roll in Farnham
Celebrating the life of racing driver Mike Hawthorn, The Farnham Flyer, a new event featuring the best of the area's motoring heritage and two private car collections is to be launched on Sunday April 15
Celebrating the life of racing driver Mike Hawthorn, The Farnham Flyer, a new event featuring the best of the area’s motoring heritage and two private car collections is to be launched on Sunday April 15.
Hawthorn, famous for his 24hr Le Mans win in 1955 and victory in the 1958 Formula One World Championship, tragically died in a car accident in 1959, aged only 29, on the A3 near Guildford in his British racing green Jaguar.
The Mike Hawthorn Celebration Day, organised by Hawthorns of Farnham, offers exclusive access to two private collections of rare cars and memorabilia with a chance to bid for rare and exciting prizes at an auction.
It will start at 9am at Barfield School, where Mike Hawthorn was a pupil from 1938-1942, for bacon butties and refreshments.
All the cars entered in the event will then proceed through Farnham and on to the first of two privately owned car collections near Dorking - this collection is the largest known Mike Hawthorn collection in the world and includes the original Jaguar D-type that Hawthorn won Le Mans in.
Following lunch the cars will convoy to the second large private collection of cars in Churt, where there are over 30 stunning classic cars from World War One to the present day to be admired. A birthday tea will also be served to celebrate Mike Hawthorn’s birthday which was on April 10, 1929.
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An auction with prints and books, rare memorabilia and the chance to drive a Jaguar E-type for the day will take place, with all proceeds donated to Barfield School’s Owl Fund, which is raising money to go towards a news sports hall, The Mike Hawthorn Sports Hall.
Tickets cost �35 per person for the day and are available through Anne Blacklock at Barfield School on 01252 782271. Cheques should be made payable to Barfield School Owl Fund.