The Festival will explore 'The Five Ages of Ecclestone', which represent the five distinct eras of Bernie’s career. Each age will be represented by a different car, fixed imposingly to the massive metal composition overlooking the site.
A regular competitor in 500cc Formula 3 Coopers during the late-1940s and early-’50s, the climax of Bernie’s driving career came in 1958, when he entered the Monaco Grand Prix in a Connaught, having bought the team’s assets the previous year.
After calling time on his driving career, Bernie turned his hand to management, guiding the careers of Englishman Stuart Lewis-Evans and Austrian Jochen Rindt. The latter became the sport’s only posthumous World Champion in 1970, driving the iconic Gold Leaf Lotus 72.
At the end of 1971, Bernie purchased the Brabham F1 team, forming a formidable partnership with designer Gordon Murray, and drivers including Carlos Pace, Carlos Reutemann, Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet. Brazilian Piquet took the first of two World Championships for Brabham under Bernie’s ownership in a Cosworth-powered BT49 in 1981.
In the 1970s, Bernie took control of Formula 1’s commercial rights, transforming the sport into a truly global powerhouse. The Ferrari F2001 represents Michael Schumacher’s dominance of the early 2000s, when manufacturer involvement reached an all-time high and blue-chip sponsors sought to benefit from F1’s unrivalled glamour and TV ratings.
Simply, there is only one ‘Bernie’ in motorsport. The 2016 World Championship-winning Mercedes F1 W07 brings the story of his time in Formula 1 right up to date.