Goodwood Revival

Misty Madgwick Trophy honours went to Andy Newall’s 23B after a penalty demoted the winner on the road Joe Twyman (Elva MK7) to fifth place Photo Eric Sawyer

New Winners at Goodwood Extravaganza

Marcus Pye Reports

Maiden Goodwood Revival race victories for Joe Macari, Calum Lockie, Andy Newall, Malcolm Harrison, Rob Huff, Richard Woolmer, Andrew Hibberd and Nick Fennell took the annual event’s roll of honour past the 150 mark (excluding heats) in its 19th edition on September 9-11. Anchored by nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, South London Ferrari specialist Macari’s success in the new programme-opening Kinrara Trophy Pre-1963 GT enduro set the standard.

From the moment the callipygian grid girls strode out, lollipops akimbo, to greet Friday evening’s gladiators to Sunday’s extraordinary Gulf-like blue and orange sunset over the neighbouring city of Chichester, the action bombarded the sell-out audience’s senses. As Goodwood’s modern era surpassed the duration of its 1948-‘66 original, more than 150,000 people flocked to the former RAF Westhampnett World War 2 aerodrome for another incomparable sporting and lifestyle weekend.

Fifty years on from its sudden closure, Goodwood celebrated all things 1966, most notably Jack Brabham’s third Formula 1 World Championship and football’s World Cup final between host nation England and Germany in July ‘66, and its effect on Britons.

This year GT feature races were split into Pre-’66 (Tourist Trophy Tribute) and the Kinrara Trophy for Pre-’63 GT cars, and in the meeting-opening latter, a last-minute substitute for multiple British Touring Car champion Jason Plato demonstrated his driving gift by qualifying Joe Macari’s silver Ferrari 250 GTB/C on pole in less than 10 laps. It wasn’t that the opposition was a pushover, for former Formula Palmer Audi champion Adrian Willmott was barely a second adrift in Tom Alexander’s Aston Martin DB4GT, with the next half-dozen, comprising the DB4 GTs of Wolfgang Friedrichs/Simon Hadfield and Ian Dalglish/Roger Wills, James Cottingham/Andrew Smith and Rob Hall/Katarina Kyvalova in Jaguar E-types, the Halusa brothers’ Ferrari 250 GT ‘Breadvan’ and the AC Cobra of Martin Hunt/Patrick Blakeney-Edwards blanketed by 0.6s.

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Sunday afternoon’s Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy Celebration for Pre-‘66 closed-cockpit GT cars, traditionally the weekend’s ‘biggie,’ saw another Jaguar E-type versus AC Cobra slugfest between last year’s winners Chris Ward/Gordon Shedden and 2014 victors David Hart/Giedo van der Garde. The safety car was brought into play once more and influenced the race’s shape after Graham Hill’s 1963-winning Ferrari GTO, rebodied for ‘64, was despatched into the Lavant gravel trap by Bill Shepherd’s AC Cobra. Ferrari driver Joe Bamford had every right to be disgruntled after a strong opening stint.

The last car you need on an ultra high-speed circuit in heavy rain is a powerful V8-engined sports prototype of the Pre-‘66 era (when they unsurprisingly lapped far faster than 1500cc Grand Prix cars), and even then a Lotus 30 wouldn’t be high on most wish lists, thus the bravado of Tiff Needell, Belgium’s Anthony Scrauwen and Portugal’s Joao Paulo Campos Costa in a trio of the Ford-engined beasts brought respect in the Whitsun Trophy event, while in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy race for the earlier prototypes, Rob Hall’s skills brought Peter Collins and Pat Griffith’s ‘52 race-winning Aston Martin DB3 (long owned by Martin Melling) up to challenge Richard Woolmer in the unique HWM-Cadillac, which was not ready for its planned debut here in the mid-‘50s.

Screen Shot 2016 10 03 at 17.22.02Simon Diffey (Maserati 250F) amongst the Fields in the Richmond Trophy  Photo Charlie Wooding

The front-engined Formula Junior combatants, chasing Chichester Cup honours for the first time since 2012, saw second qualifier Ray Mallock’s U2 leap into the air as a rear leaf spring sheared at the start, leaving FIA Lurani Trophy championship leader Chris Drake’s Terrier ahead. Poleman Stuart Roach swept his Alexis Mk2 into the lead on the opening lap and was more than five seconds clear when its distributor’s points collapsed and the Ford engine stopped on lap 13.

Slowed by a fuel feed issue – and later retarded by lack of front brakes – Drake was passed by Andrew Hibberd (in Nick Grewal’s Lola Mk2) as Roach pulled dejectedly off.

Lance Reventlow’s Scarabs, beautifully built by Troutman and Barnes in period, were GP racing also-rans, but erasing memories of a catalogue of ill-luck Julian Bronson finally won the Richmond Trophy race in his Offenhauser-powered example.

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Andy Middlehurst’s hopes of winning the Glover Trophy 1500cc F1 race for the sixth successive year were torpedoed by a lack of engine (post-Monza in June the Climax V8’s block was found to be cracked) but his feisty Classic Team Lotus team-mate Nick Fennell filled the breach admirably, seizing victory in his sister Lotus 25, immaculately prepared by Kevin Smith at Clive Chapman’s Hethel base.

As ever, the Sussex Trophy ‘50s sportscar race brought the curtain down on a sensational event. Lister-Jaguars in Costin and Knobbly forms slugged it out, Chris Ward wriggling free from Gary Pearson, little-by-little, then by greater increments on a treacherously slippery circuit.

Sir Jack Brabham Tribute

John Whiteman reports on other Goodwood activities

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Goodwood Revival is all about tradition and it has become a modern tradition over the last few years to honour motor racing greats such as Sir Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren and Sir Jackie Stewart. This year’s honouree was the late Sir Jack Brabham famously the first driver to win a World Championship driving a car bearing his own name, a feat likely never to be repeated.

At the Revival parades were held on each of the three days with cars and personalities associated with Sir Jack including Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart and Jacky Ickx as well as two of his three sons, all of whom took up racing successfully. Youngest son David managed to regain control, after a long fight, of the Brabham name in connection with racing cars shortly before his father’s death in May, 2014. He drove a different car each day starting with a Type 51 Cooper and ending with his father’s mount for the 1969 Indy 500, a Brabham-Repco BT 25, which was accompanied by the man who largely built it, Neil Trundle. The car that started the British invasion at Indy in 1961 the ‘Kimberley Special’ Cooper Type 54 also featured together with numerous examples from Sir Jack’s long and varied career in Europe from 1955 to 1970. As was the tradition in those days he drove saloons, GTs, Formula 2 as well as Formula 1.

It was another fitting tribute to a Motor Racing Great, which surely could not be improved on anywhere else in the world.

For a full, race by race, report and results, see our October issue….