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Dorking Town Partnership celebrates local racing legend and heir to Johnnie Walker whisky fortune at Rob Walker Centenary Festival

Dorking, October 21, 2018 – Motorsport fans and car lovers of all ages will enjoy this one-day exclusive event organised by the Dorking Town Partnership. Join Dorking’s business community as it celebrates the independent spirit of Dorking’s own Rob Walker racing team. This unique motorsport event will bring together up to nine historic Rob Walker racing cars for a parade lap around Dorking town centre on Sunday October 21 from 10am to 4pm.

All of the cars taking part in the parade have a personal or historic racing link to The Rob Walker Team. Renowned in the motorsport world and worth many hundreds of thousands of pounds, these cars have all been raced as part of the Rob Walker team that was based in Pippbrook throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Visitors and residents are encouraged to wear classic Rob Walker ‘white-and-blue’ colours, as these were the signature colours of the award-winning privateer’s cars. Other activities include:

Dorking is only 40 minutes from London with easy access from Gatwick and the M25. It is served by three rail stations: Dorking Station and Dorking Deepdene Station are a 10 minute walk to town from the east and Dorking West is about a 15 minute walk to town. All stations are served by trains from both Victoria and Waterloo (approximately 45 minutes). For more information, please visit the National Rail website. For information on bus timetables, please visit the Surrey County Council website. Download our DorkingLoyalFree App for complete details on parking or visit the Mole Valley District website.

For more information about this exclusive event: Festival Information Leaflet or view the short video presentation on Vimeo. About the Dorking Town Partnership BID The Business Improvement District (BID) for Dorking is committed to raising the profile of Dorking and bringing economic prosperity to the town. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @HelloDorking.

Rob Walker Centenary Festival Press Release

The Rob Walker Centenary Festival • Sunday 21 October 2018

Dorking’s Place in Motor Racing History

Organised by the Dorking Town Partnership, this unique motorsport event will bring together up to nine historic Rob Walker racing cars for a parade lap around Dorking town centre on Sunday October 21.

For more information about this exciting event read the Festival Information Leaflet available as a PDF.

Click to view the short video presentation on Vimeo or click on the image below

All the cars taking part in the parade have a personal or historic racing link to The Rob Walker Team. Renowned in the motorsport world and worth many hundreds of thousands of pounds, these cars have all raced as part of the Rob Walker team that was based in Pippbrook throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Dorking - Surrey Market Town

Dorking may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the high speed, multi-million-pound world of Grand Prix motor racing. Today, Dorking is best known for its Olympic cycling route, Denbies vineyard and the magnificent countryside that surrounds the town, including Box Hill. However, during the 1950s and 60s Dorking was also home to one of the most successful privateer motor racing teams - The Rob Walker Racing Team.

The Rob Walker Centenary Festival Logo

Centenary Festival - Celebrating a Local Hero

The event will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first Grand Prix victory by Stirling Moss, driving for the Rob Walker Team. The privately owned team competed in Formula One from 1953 to 1970. The Teams racing cars were developed, built and tested at his Pippbrook Garage in Dorking. 

Rob Walker

Born 100 years ago in 1917, Rob Walker was a true gentleman. Heir to the Johnnie Walker whisky fortune, he was taken to his first car race at the tender age of seven and went on to become one of the most respected characters in motor racing history. His small, private racing team was based in London Road, Dorking from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Between 1958 and 1968 they beat the mighty works teams nine times, including three wins around the streets of Monaco.

The Racing Car Parade

The racing cars will complete one parade circuit of the town centre of approximately 1 mile (1.6km). Starting at the Dorking Halls the cars would turn left and slowly parade along the length of the High Street to South Street.

They will then turn right into Junction Road and right again into West Street, passing the Dorking Museum. On their return to the High Street the cars will stop near the White Horse Hotel to form a grid formation for a photo call.

They will then return to the Dorking Halls to secure, static public display area in a paddock marquee in front of the main entrance.

For further information and a map of the event download the Festival Information Leaflet.

A graphic map of Dorking showing route of celebration racing car parade

Invited Cars for the Parade

All the cars taking part in the parade have a personal or historic racing link to The Rob Walker Team. Renowned in the motorsport world and worth many hundreds of thousands of pounds, these cars have all raced as part of the Rob Walker team that was based in Pippbrook throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.

A photo of the Cooper Climax classic racing car
Cooper Climax
A photo of the Ferguson P99 Climax classic racing car
Ferguson P99 Climax
A photo of the Lotus 18 Climax classic racing car
Lotus 18 Climax

Motorsport Attractions

Attractions will take place at the Dorking Museum in West Street and the Dorking Halls on the Reigate Road.

Dorking Halls:

Dorking Museum:

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More exciting activities are being organised around the event. If you want to be involved in any way contact Charlotte on 07377 096892 or email: Charlotte@Dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk

Event Supporters

The Rob Walker Celebration would not be possible without the support and generous help from the following:

Lotus Seven Club logo
A graphic of some of our sponsors
A graphic of some of our sponsors

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