EVENT REPORT – Hawthorn Museum Visit, August 2016
Surrey/West Sussex border, UK
By kind invitation of Club member, Nigel Webb, E-type and XK club members
were invited in August to enjoy a visit to his private museum, dedicated to 1958 World Motor
Racing Champion, Mike Hawthorn
The Hawthorn Museum is a culmination of one man’s devotion to his motorsport hero – 1958 World Motor Racing Champion, Mike Hawthorn, who died in 1959.
A collector of Mike’s memorabilia for many years, Nigel Webb eventually decided to build a dedicated private museum in the grounds of his property in West Sussex. It was officially opened in 2009.
John Michael Hawthorn (10 April 1929 – 22 January 1959) was a British racing driver. He became the United Kingdom’s first Formula One World Champion driver in 1958, whereupon he announced his retirement, having been profoundly affected by the death of his team-mate and friend Peter Collins two months earlier in the 1958 German Grand Prix.
Hawthorn also won the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, but was haunted by his involvement in the disastrous crash that marred the race. Hawthorn died in a road accident six months after retiring; he was suffering from a terminal illness at the time.