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Race Retro to celebrate racing driver Damon Hill's career

Published 25 November 2015

Race Retro 2016 will celebrate the career of British racing driver Damon Hill to mark the 20th anniversary of his World Championship win and his time with Williams.

The event, which is held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February 2016, will include various guests from Williams and an appearance by the Damon Hill on the Sunday.

As part of the celebration, four of Damon’s most famous cars from the Williams Heritage Collection will be on display – the championship winning FW18, the 1995 FW17 race winning car, the 1993 FW15C with which Damon won his first Grand Prix, and a 1990-91 FW13B which Damon drove to make his debut as a Williams test driver in 1991. In 1993 Damon was promoted to the Williams race team and took the first of his 22 victories at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

During the mid-1990s, Hill was Michael Schumacher's main rival for the Formula One Drivers' Championship. The two protagonists clashed on and off the track. Their infamous collision at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix gave Schumacher his first title by a single point.

Hill went on to became World Champion at the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix, memorably captured by an emotional Murray Walker who proclaimed: ‘I’ve got to stop because I have a lump in my throat.' Hill won eight Grand Prix on his way to the 1996 title and started all of the 16 races from the front row of the grid, completing a dominant year for Williams securing the Constructors' Championship some 105 points ahead of Ferrari.

Williams Grand Prix Engineering was founded in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams and engineer Sir Patrick Head, the cars on show at Race Retro form part of Williams Heritage whose mission is to preserve, showcase, run and service cars from the teams past. It is overseen by Jonathan Williams and former Williams team manager Dickie Stanford. Both Jonathan and Dickie will be available for Q&A’s on the live stage during Race Retro.

For more information, as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit


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