Mr Bean will be making his first ever live public appearance at the 2009 Goodwood Revival. Rowan Atkinson will drive around the Goodwood Motor Circuit in character as Mr Bean each day as part of a huge parade of Minis to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic British car at the Revival.
Mr Bean will be driving his distinctive pea green and black Mini sitting in a comfy armchair attached to the roof of the car, using a mop and string to operate the pedals and steering. Atkinson will recreate this hilarious scene from the Mr Bean television series when the character bought various items in a famous department store sale, including a large arm chair, and then realized that it would not fit in his diminutive Mini, leading to him strapping the chair to the car roof and driving it home from his unconventional but lofty perch.
Rowan Atkinson is a regular and enthusiastic participant at both of Goodwood's annual leading motor sport events; the Festival of Speed, and the Revival, which takes place in just over three weeks time. As well as appearing at the Revival as Mr Bean, Atkinson will also be racing an authentic 1965 Austin Mini Cooper S in the St Mary's Trophy saloon car race, which this year is dedicated to Minis-only, recreating the all-Mini races that took place at Goodwood in the early 1960s. He will also participate in a large 80th birthday tribute to motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss with his Jaguar Mk VI.