Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame includes a fantastic array of iconic cars presenting decades of motoring.
The perfectly preserved motors in Hall 3 are certainly like no other and are grouped in three themed displays:
- Life of Legend
- Motorsport Milestones
- The Greatest Grid
The Greatest GridThe Greatest Grid display celebrated 70 years of Formula One and feature ground-breaking ‘F1’ cars as well as the machines driven to victory by iconic drivers.
The display included F1 cars that raced back in 1950 as well as those World and Constructors Championship winning cars that are being raced today, showcasing the work of Formula One drivers, designers, and engineers from most famous manufacturers such as Williams, McLaren, Lotus and Mercedes.
Life of a LegendThe 2020 display paid tribute to fantastic Jaguar test development driver, Norman Dewis OBE. Norman, motorsport legend and a long-time friend of the show, was responsible for the development of some of Jaguar’s most iconic models.
The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, with the support of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, assembled a line-up of three cars representing key moments in Norman’s career:
- The Jaguar C Type on which Dewis began developing the disc brake concept. The technology was fitted to Stirling Moss' Jaguar C-type in the 1952 Mille Miglia, and Dewis accompanied him as a passenger
- The oldest surviving convertible E -Type 77RW, that Dewis famously drove through the night, at short notice, from Coventry to the Geneva Motor Show ready for the 10am press launch for the car
- A unique, one off, XJ13 racing prototype that Norman Dewis developed for racing at Le Mans before it was shelved. Years later, he drove it again at a press launch at MIRA and was lucky to escape a horrendous crash in it
A 33-year career with Jaguar that saw him break the land speed record for production cars in a Jaguar XK120 on the Jabbeke Highway in Belgium and, through his long and often dangerous hours of test driving, significantly contribute to the Le Mans wins for Jaguar in the 1950s with the C and D – Types.
Norman also raced alongside the greats which included Moss, Hawthorn and Fangio behind the wheel of a works Jaguar D Type.
In 2014, the adoration of Norman’s fans was recognised on a national scale, when he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Previous Display Highlights
In 2019 we hosted a very special tribute to the late Mike Hawthorn, a legendary British racing icon who tragically died at the young age of 29. The display lined-up was mouth-watering indeed with a unique collection of Mike Hawthorn’s cars and personal racing memorabilia, with a D-Type Jaguar on show that renowned collector, Nigel Webb, re-built using the chassis from the 1955 Le Mans winning car.
Visitors were also able to admire a prestigious collection of cars celebrating the legacy of Le Mans. Holding such great power and history in worldly events, the display included the Audi R8C which made its debut at the 1999 24-Hour race, with R8s finishing in third and fourth places, and would go on to take overall victory on 13 occasions.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the first victory, the display also celebrated the turbocharged era of Formula 1 with an exciting showcase of racing machinery which includes the Williams FW11 actually driven by to championship victory by Nelson Piquet and the fearsome Vasek Polak Porsche 917/10 powered by a 5.0-litre flat-12 engine raced by Jody Scheckter.