This weekend Jackie Stewart, the legendary Scottish racer and three-time world champion, is taking part in Speed Week in Goodwood.
Despite all the difficulties associated with the pandemic and the cancellation of the traditional “Festival of Speed”, Sir Jackie again came to Goodwood, because a special pavilion named after him was built here. He knows better than most what this place, located in the south of England in West Sussex, is remarkable.
Jackie Stewart: “I am glad to have returned to Goodwood, because there is nothing in the world that can surpass this racing holiday. You will not see such a collection of cars as here anywhere else. Only here you can see racing cars of different generations on a real track, and I visited Goodwood as a child.
I think I was 13 years old when I first came here because my older brother was a racer, he played for the Equrie Ecosse team. So I have been here many times.
We can say that Goodwood is history itself. During World War II, there was an airfield where the Spitfire and Hurricane fighters were based. Great Britain and London were saved thanks to pilots who took their planes into the air, including from here.
The airfield was turned into a racing track, in my opinion, in 1948. In the past, great racers such as Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorne competed on it, and today Lewis Hamilton comes here. In general, we all gather in Goodwood, because its organizers manage to arrange a real holiday.
By the way, the track is very difficult here. I was lucky: the lap record here still belongs to me, although I set it a long time ago, back in 1966! Nobody has beaten him up to this day, but I think someone will be able to block him this weekend. Although, of course, I will be very upset! (laughs)
For me, Goodwood is also remembered by the fact that it was here that I met Ken Tyrrell – for his team I then played in Formula 1. But I would not compare those times with the present. Comparing cars and racers from different eras is not worth it. It is impossible to determine which of them is the best racer of all time, because your level is determined only by the level of your achievements, by what you achieved when you were at the peak of your career … “