Goodwood to celebrate Ecclestone's career
19 June 2017 – Bernie Ecclestone's career in motorsport will be celebrated as the 'Central Feature' at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, event organisers have announced.
Gerry Judah's famous structure, which sits on the lawn in front of Goodwood House, has been transformed to highlight Ecclestone's impact on motor racing over the years.
Goodwood will showcase 'The Five Ages of Ecclestone', representing the main areas of Ecclestone's career – 'driver', 'manager', 'team owner', 'impresario' and 'legend'.
Each age will be represented by a different car, fixed to the structure.
Ecclestone will attend the event alongside World Champions, team owners, engineers, designers and mechanics, with whom he worked closely during his career.
In addition, at 15:00 on Festival Sunday, many of Bernie's friends, former employees and associates will gather in front of the house to acknowledge his legacy.
"This is not so much a tribute, but rather a Goodwood celebration of a racer who has had such a huge influence on the sport we all love," said Festival of Speed founder Lord March.
"It's wonderful that Bernie has agreed to spend the weekend at the festival with many of the great names with whom he has worked during a life dedicated to racing.
"I'm also delighted that he will bring with him some great historic Grand Prix cars from his incredible collection."
Ecclestone started out in motorsport as a driver, but after failing to qualify for the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix, turned his hand to driver management and team ownership.
He went on to take control of the sport and ruled for over 40 years, prior to Liberty Media's takeover of the sport, which has left him with the role of Chairman Emeritus.
An annual celebration of motorsport in various forms, Goodwood's 2017 edition of the Festival of Speed will run from June 29 to July 2, with several star names confirmed.