The forthcoming Silverstone Classic is about to pay tribute to the legendary broadcaster, scribbler, writer and Goodwood grid-walking guru, Henry Hope-Frost who tragically lost his life in a motorbike accident aged 47.
Famously recognised as the iconic ‘The Voice of Goodwood’, Henry was very much part of the commentary team at the annual Silverstone Classic sharing his incredible passion for all forms of motor sport with the 100,000+ visitors attending the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.
Incurable And Debilitating Fever
The hugely-missed Henry described his infectious enthusiasm and deep-seated knowledge as an ‘incurable and debilitating fever’ – an impassioned noun that has now become synonymous with his memory, notably on social media.
While Henry will no longer be inciting all-comers with his unquenchable love for everything fast and loud, the ‘fever’ will thunder on at the Classic with a number of commemorations.
With the full support of his family, these include the introduction of a new Henry Hope-Frost #FEVER Award for the most memorable high-octane moment from the weekend’s massive retro race programme. This accolade will be presented at the event by Henry’s father, Tim Hope-Frost, together with Silverstone Classic Event Director, Nick Wigley.
Encouraging everyone to pay their own tributes to Henry, #FEVER walls are being created close to podiums in both Heritage and International paddocks – here visitors can draw their car sketches in memory to Henry. Distinctive #FEVER stickers will also be on sale from the merchandise outlets with proceeds of all sales being donated to Henry’s family.
Underlying his esteem within the sport and raising further funds for Henry’s wife and three young sons – called the ‘HF Junior Team’ in his own words – a large number of auction items have been pledged by F1 teams, drivers, sponsors and motorcycle racing personalities.
Donations include: a Mercedes race suit signed by the reigning Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton; signed Gilles Villeneuve memorabilia from the Giacobazzi Family plus similarly generous donations from Moto GP, Haas, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull, Renault and Williams as well as Kimi Raikkonen and Superbike star Jonathan Rea. These lots will be coming under the Silverstone Auctions’ hammer as part of its two-day automobilia sale on Saturday.
Speaking of the commemorative events being held at this summer’s Silverstone Classic, Henry’s wife Charlotte Hope-Frost commented:
“Me and the three boys who make up the ‘HF Junior Team’ continue to be incredibly touched by every celebration of Henry’s life, and also the staggeringly generous financial support that has come with so much of that. The auction at the Silverstone Classic is a symbolic and fitting conclusion to a very valuable process that is helping to secure the futures of Oscar, Jasper and Felix. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has helped, and who continues to do so.”
The legendary Henry Hope-Frost
Event Director, Nick Wigley explained:
“Henry was a truly wonderful man as well as a highly valued and greatly respected member of our team – his undiluted passion will be missed enormously at all future Silverstone Classics.
“There is no better way for us all to pay our respects to him, and to his family, than by ensuring his intoxicating fever continues to fuel everyone’s passion for his beloved motor sport.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance of this memorable event via www.silverstoneclassic.com.