1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill has been at Goodwood this week, helping to promote the work of his halow charity; which has been nominated as one of the official beneficiaries of this year’s Festival of Speed.
Damon – a regular at FoS and a firm favourite with the fans – is patron, and one of the co-founders, of halow, which was set up ‘to support young people with a learning disability on their journey into and through adult life’.
Being nominated as a FoS beneficiary means there will be various opportunities for visitors to support halow’s ongoing work. Not least of which will be the chance to bid in the Festival of Speed auction run by Goodwood Estate partner Bonhams for a copy of the mammoth F1 Opus Champions edition signed by all the living F1 champions. The book, at 50cms square, 852 pages long and weighing in at 37kg, is surely the ultimate coffee-table accessory for any F1 fan – and this one is even more special as it’s Damon’s personal copy.
Damon was also showing off the new TAG Heuer McLaren Limited Edition watch, which has been produced to celebrate 30 years of partnership between the two companies. It features highlights in McLaren’s ‘Rocket Red’, and a profile view engraving of an MP4 from 1985 on the back of the case. The new watch will be launched exclusively at the Festival and will be available for sale at the TAG Heuer Pavilion – the first time consumers are able to purchase it.
The day Damon came to Goodwood, McLaren also kindly sent down a 650S coupe for photographic purposes – although naturally we couldn’t resist sending the former world champ up the hillclimb behind the wheel.
We also asked him for his thoughts about the Flat Out And Fearless theme chosen for FOS this year, and will be sharing his reflections in a video soon. In the meantime, listen to Damon’s short message about the halow charity in the video below, and if you want to find out more about the organisation’s good works you can visit halow’s official website here.
Working with Festival of Speed and with the support of the Richard Burns Foundation, the charity is hoping to raise £60,000 to pay for 2 months of project’s work. So if somebody rattles a halow collecting tin in your direction at FoS, dig deep for Damon!