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Confirmed Eddie & the Robbers Live Music at our Silverstone Campsite 2019 and Belgium Campsite 2019

Eddie is a legend among Formula One fans. Born in Dublin in 1948, Eddie Jordan intended to be a dentist and started a career as a bank clerk, but came to be one of the most well-established personalities in the motorsport world in a number of capacities.

Eddie first experienced kart racing in 1970 when in Jersey because of a bank strike in Dublin. He bought a kart upon his return home and embarked on a driving career which saw him race in the Irish Kart Championship, before he began single seater racing in Formula Ford 1600 in 1974. During 1977 he won three Formula Atlantic races in Ireland and a year later won the Irish Formula Atlantic Championship. He took part in the British Formula 3 Championship with Marlboro Team Ireland in 1979/80 during which he also and made his Formula 2 debut at Donington Park with Team Ireland and tested a Formula One car for McLaren. During 1981 he drove a Porsche 908 in the World Sports Car Championship and a BMW at the famous Le Mans 24 Hour Race. He then retired from racing in order to run his own driver management company and racing team.

Aside from his own team interests, Eddie has always been passionate about helping young talent. He is known for opening the “big break” door for many drivers, including some motorsport legends: Jean Alesi, Stefan Johansson, Eddie Irvine, Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Jarno Trulli, Rubens Barrichello, Damon Hill, Giancarlo Fisichella and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Johnny Herbert, Martin Brundle are just a few of the names that pop in mind. In June 1982 Eddie gave Ayrton Senna his first ever Formula 3 drive.

Eddie has owned a number of Motor racing teams:
  • Eddie Jordan Racing - F3 Champions
  • Eddie Jordan Racing - F3000 Champions
  • Jordan Grand Prix - 3rd in F1 World Championship
Eddie set up Eddie Jordan Racing in 1980 and enjoyed huge success - in 1983 he ran Martin Brundle in European Formula 3, finishing second to Ayrton Senna. The team won the British title in 1987 with Johnny Herbert and also gave Damon Hill his first Formula 3 drive. Eddie dominated F3000 in 1989 with Jean Alesi taking the championship.

Inspired by the success of his junior drivers and boosted by a healthy dose of optimism, Eddie established Jordan Grand Prix in 1990 in preparation for the 1991 F1 season. Throughout the 1990s Jordan was the only team to really break the monopoly on F1 success held by Ferrari, Williams and McLaren. Rubens Barrichello secured the team’s first pole position and podium in 1994. At the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher’s finish in first and second place made history, as Jordan Grand Prix became the first team in the sport to win its maiden F1 race with a 1-2. In 1999 Heinz-Harald Frentzen won the French and Italian GPs for Jordan and finished third in the World Championship. The team’s fourth and latest victory came at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2003 with Giancarlo Fisichella.

Jordan is the only team to win Formula 3, Formula 3000 and get a 1-2 in Formula 1 at the same track (Spa).

Eddie sold Jordan Grand Prix in January 2005. Since then he has developed a portfolio of business interests and formed a rock band which has successfully recorded a number of songs and takes its name “The Robbers” from a remark Bernie Ecclestone once made about Eddie. During his Formula One team boss days, Eddie was always an extremely popular figure with fans and the media. Happy to speak his mind on any topic, he was frequently called upon to offer an insider’s view on general motorsport issues as well as his own team. Eddie, then as now, never failed to entertain. In recent years Eddie has also had more time to nurture projects with his favourite charities: CLIC Sargent and Amber, as well as getting involved with the Special Olympics. He made his TV-presenting debut with Channel 5’s “Bad Boy Racers”, a series which followed a group of young car crime offenders through a rehabilitation programme.

He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and Dublin Institute of Technology. These were added to in France by being made an honorary Musketeer, in recognition of winning races in Nogaro, Pau, Le Mans and the prestigious French Grand Prix. He has also spoken at the prestigious Oxford Union. As well as being inducted into the Irish Motorsport Hall of Fame recently, Eddie has been awarded two prestigious awards in Ireland: the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of the University College Dublin, the largest student society in Ireland, to honour his outstanding contribution to motorsport in Ireland; and he received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin to honour his contribution to motor racing and his charity work over the years.

He and his wife Marie have been married for 35 years and have four children: Zoe, Miki, Zak & Kyle. Eddie’s interests outside motorsport include football, horse racing, golf (being a member of the Royal Dublin Golf Club), sailing (member of the Royal Cork Yacht Club) and music.

Eddie Jordan at CampingF1

Eddie Jordan was the keynote speaker in our Silverstone and Spa Campsites in 2013. He and his band, the Robbers, also performed live on the CampingF1 Belgium stage. In 2014, Eddie and the Robbers performed at our Silverstone Campsite and he made a special appearance at our Belgium Campsite as a guest speaker. Since then, Eddie and the Band have been appearing at the British Grand Prix campsite every year. In 2019, Eddie and the Robbers played a very special gig at the Belgian campsite with Damon Hill to celebrate 21 years since the pairs 1998 Spa Grand Prix win!
Eddie's yacht

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