Motorsport remembers Queen Elizabeth II
Thousands of spectators joined motor racing personalities to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II at last weekend’s Goodwood Revival.
The racing circuit, where the flags were lowered to half-mast, fell silent during each of the three days of the event, marked by a cannon shot in honor of Her Majesty.
Officials wore black armbands and many cars bore the royal initials EIIR.
Derek Bell was one of many racing drivers whose achievements on the track were recognized by the late Queen. She awarded him the MBE at Buckingham Palace in 1987.
“She said, ‘I hear you driving fast cars’,” recalled the five-time Le Mans winner at the Revival. “I said, ‘Yes ma’am, but not at the mall!
Bell said the 1952 coronation was the first thing he watched on television. “Dad went to buy a big projection TV and we watched it in black and white.
“I couldn’t have imagined that she would ever award me the MBE. She did so much for Britain, and it’s wonderful to remember her here.
Bell and the Queen were among guests at the Royal Automobile Club in 2019 to celebrate Sir Jackie Stewart’s 80th birthday.
The three-time Formula 1 champion was also present at the Revival and paid tribute to a queen he also counted as a friend.
“She had an aura,” said Sir Jackie. “And it’s not the one that was put.” She was very modest and great with people. “It is a huge loss for a great, great lady and I fear we will never see her like this again.”
A short clip of the Queen’s appearances at Goodwood – for horse racing – was shown to crowds over the weekend. Estate owner the Duke of Richmond addressed the grid ahead of the event’s first race on Friday.
“As we come together on this glorious evening to enjoy the sport we all love, it is tinged with great sadness at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen last week,” he said. “His life and reign are impossible to put into words. Its impact on the world is too great to quantify. His grace, steadfastness and selfless devotion are an inspiration to us all.