Following the seven-year extension of its partnership with the Goodwood Motor Circuit, Credit Suisse celebrated the swift progress of the historic Race Control building restoration with a “topping out” ceremony.
Hosted by Lord March and Ian Dembinski, Head of Credit Suisse Private Banking UK, the guests included celebrated motor racing figures Sir Stirling Moss, Jochen Mass and Alain de Cadenet, along with pupils from the March Church of England Primary School.
To commemorate the restoration of the historically significant Race Control building Lord March announced that artifacts representing special moments in motor racing history will be placed in a time capsule. The capsule will be buried next to the restored Credit Suisse Race Control building at a ceremony during the 2013 Goodwood Revival (September 13-15).
Artifacts donated by Lord March, Sir Stirling Moss, Jochen Mass, Alain de Cadenet and Ian Dembinski, as well as the winning drawing competition entries from pupils of the local March Church of England Primary School, Chichester, were the first items selected for inclusion in the time capsule. Further historical artifacts will be donated by other leading drivers, teams and Goodwood stalwarts.
When the time capsule is unearthed, future generations will discover such items as a signed photo of Sir Stirling Moss’s famous victory at Goodwood in the 1959 RAC Tourist Trophy, Jochen Mass’s race boots from his 1989 Le Mans 24 Hours victory, Lord March’s historic Goodwood Motor Circuit badges, Alain de Cadenet’s first BRDC badge, a set of Credit Suisse rally plates as well as the aforementioned winning competition entries.
The Race Control restoration will preserve the historic fabric of the building and combine premium contemporary interiors with period character features that are an essential part of the Goodwood Motor Circuit.
The restored Credit Suisse Race Control will be officially opened by Lord March at the Goodwood Revival on Friday, September 13, 2013. It will host all driver briefings as well as the 3rd Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum after the Night Race on Friday.
The engagement in Goodwood is the latest in a series of high-profile partnerships that underscore Credit Suisse’s almost decade-long commitment to historic motorsport. In addition to its exclusive classic car rallies Credit Suisse counts not only the Goodwood Revival but also the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as key events in its portfolio.
At the ceremony Lord March commented: “It is very pleasing to see great progress being made towards the restoration of Credit Suisse Race Control. This building has tremendous historical significance to the Circuit and motor racing at Goodwood.
“We will commemorate its re-opening at Goodwood Revival on the Friday of the meeting, and the burying of a time capsule containing racing artifacts for the benefit of future generations on Sunday.
“I am grateful to Credit Suisse for their long-term support and shared vision for this project, which is to help preserve a building with such historic significance as Race Control.”
Sir Stirling Moss added: “I was honored to be invited as part of this ceremony to commemorate the restoration of Credit Suisse Race Control. Goodwood has formed such a key part of my life in so many ways, so I am delighted to donate a signed photograph of my 1959 victory at Goodwood in the RAC Tourist Trophy to the time capsule.”
Representing Credit Suisse at the ceremony, Head of Private Banking UK Ian Dembinski said: “We strongly value our partnership with the Goodwood Revival. As such we were delighted to enter into a new seven-year commitment that helps preserve Race Control, which is an iconic part of Goodwood’s history. We look forward to the 2013 Goodwood Revival and the official re-opening of the fully restored Credit Suisse Race Control with relish.”Sir Stirling Moss, Stirling Moss