GOODWOOD REVIVAL’S GREATEST HITS
Goodwood Revival’s greatest hits
From the awesome moment when Ray Hanna’s Spitfire ‘buzzed’ Lord March’s Bristol as it exited the chicane, opening Goodwood’s second heyday in September 1998, the Revival Meeting has been unique on the world stage. Reporter and event commentator MARCUS PYE presents personal highlights from the first 20 editions
20 2001 In the immediate aftermath of the horrific
9/11 terrorist attack on New York’s twin towers, nobody knew whether they were coming or going. With its rich US history and influence, Goodwood was numbed, like the rest of the civilised world. Having decided to run the event, rather than cancel, Lord March’s team reacted tastefully. Stars-and-stripes flags flew at half-mast over the pits to remember the victims, but the racing celebrated happier times. Winners included period racers Richard Attwood (BRM P261) and Gerry Marshall (above) who, while barely able to walk, raced a Lotus Cortina with customary gusto.
19 2009 Unfathomably, the Lola Mk1 that won the final race of Goodwood’s contemporary era – driven by Christopher ‘Dickie’ Le Strange Metcalfe, who had competed at the opening meeting in 1948 – was initially not offered a Lavant Trophy entry. Owner Malcolm Verey went with my hunch that by repainting BR32 black (from red) and numbering it 57, as it was in July ’66, it would get a late call-up if space became available. Thus it was that 43 years after it was unwittingly immortalised, in a Members’ Meeting handicap, Verey and Barry Cannell took to the track, creating a snapshot from history.
18 2012 Every Revival Meeting has been packed with magical moments, but once in a while something extraordinary has occurred. Having driven his father’s ex-tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza to Goodwood, from Germany, the intrepid Max Werner earned an enthralling Brooklands
Trophy race victory after a tough tussle with the rapid Gareth Burnett in one of John Ruston’s Talbot AV105S. “I checked the oil and tyre pressures, in Dusseldorf, and was not worried about lap times,” smiled Werner, before completing an 800-mile road trip in an 80-yearold masterpiece. Pure class that thoroughly deserved his Rolex Driver of the Event prize.
17 2016 English Racing Automobiles have dominated the Goodwood Trophy races for Grand Prix, F2 and Libre cars of a type raced there between 1948 and ’52. R3A, R5B ‘Remus’, R9B, R4D, R11B ‘Humphrey’ and most recently R1B have won 15 of the 19 to date. Barrie Williams broke the Bourne supremacy twice running in David Wenman’s yellow Connaught A4 in the early days, but not since Stefan Schollwoeck triumphed in 2006 had a Maserati emerged on top. Having served his apprenticeship in Sean Danaher’s silver 6CM with third in ’13 and seconds in subsequent years, Calum Lockie finally took gold to wide acclaim.
16 2017 The Aston Martin
DB3 that won the first of the three Goodwood Nine Hour endurance races in 1952, crewed by rising star Peter Collins and Pat Griffith, has graced many a Revival. Prepared by Hall & Hall for latest custodian Martin Melling, the gallant warhorse has punched above its weight in Rob Hall’s skilled hands. Runner-up to lanky hotshoe Richard Woolmer in the unique Hwm-cadillac (which should have raced at Goodwood in the later 1950s) in 2016, the combo turned the tables on the Anglo-american hybrid to win the Freddie March Memorial Trophy prize 65 years after its frontline success.
15 2004 Homages to racing royalty, which the Goodwood team does like no other, are central to the Revival story. Over the years Jack Brabham, Tony Brooks, Jim Clark, Juan Manuel Fangio, Dan Gurney, Graham and Phil Hill, Stirling Moss, Roy Salvadori, Carroll Shelby, Jackie Stewart and John Surtees have been among the many names brought under the spotlight. With wonderful footage of their greatest successes, powerfully narrated, these moments bring silence to the former RAF Westhampnett before engines fire up and the cavalcades of sensational cars begin. Happily, some veterans presided over the celebrations. The sight of three-time F1 world champion Brabham at the wheel of Bt19-repco with designer extraordinaire Ron Tauranac at his side was pretty special for many.
14 2006 As classic duels go, the fight between three-time Indycar champion Bobby Rahal and fellow American Duncan Dayton for Glover Trophy honours was a stunner. The Brabham BT11 pair – Rahal on Roy Walzer’s car more than in it – traded places several times, Climax V8s wailing in unison. Twenty years after he won the Indianapolis 500, Rahal bounced back after spinning but explored one piece of scenery too many, thus gentleman racer Dayton finally claimed that long-craved Revival win. That Phil Hill, the US’S first F1 world champion, watched from trackside, 45 years after his Ferrari triumph, made the day extra special. Hill, who had bowed out of racing at the Revival, also watched son Derek win the Freddie March Trophy race in an Alfa Romeo 3000CM.
13 2007 Jean-marc Gounon was top gun at the 10th
Revival. Not only did the Frenchman pilot the JCB Aston Martin DBR2 (above) to victory over the Chevrolet V8-engined monsters of Stuart Graham (Lister) and Blockley tyre supremo Julian Majzub (Sadler) in the Sussex Trophy sportscar showcase, but he also sowed the seeds of St Mary’s Trophy success, winning the opening leg by beating a splendid variety of American V8s in Oliver Bryant’s thunderous Plymouth Barracuda. A fruitless couple of bit-part roles on F1’s fringes with Minardi and Simtek in the early ’90s masked Gounon’s ability. With an elegant style and car control aplenty, he went on to win Goodwood’s TT Celebration in 2010 with Peter Hardman in Sir Anthony Bamford’s Ferrari 250 GTO/64.
12 2008 Ferrari was the dominant force in the period Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy races run for closed-cockpit Grand Touring cars from 1960-64. The opposition’s firepower had grown in the interim though, thus Jaguar E-types, AC Cobras and 250 GTO creator Giotto Bizzarrini’s eponymous Chevrolet V8-motivated machines outgunned the Ferraris over the Revival’s first 10 editions. Then, wondrously, there was a scarlet patch as Tim Samways’s engineers sharpened the Leventis family’s 330 LM/B, previously a regular third-placed car. Regular driver Peter Hardman and Bobby Verdon-roe came out with not just the headlights blazing, narrowly beating the Le Mans Lister-jaguar coupe of Anthony Reid/ Justin Law to the chequer. Forty-four years after Graham Hill’s TT victory, a Prancing Horse was back in Goodwood’s winners’ circle.
11 2010 A surfeit of power over grip guarantees thrills at the Revival as the boldest competitors wrestle with cars of all shapes sizes on, and often beyond, the limits of adhesion. A spectator poll would doubtless have Welshman Grant Williams close to the top for entertainment value in the ex-john Coombs/roy Salvadori Jaguar Mk1 registered BUY 1 – which served his father Tony as one of Risca Garages’ post-goodwood period Special Saloons when I was a lad. Wreathed in Dunlop smoke (well, Williams is a tyre dealer), the grey machine’s tail-wagging antics are priceless. Paired again with five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, victorious on his race debut at Goodwood in a Lotus 7 in March 1964, Williams was cheered to St Mary’s Trophy gold for the third time.
19 9 8 10 Dating back to 1936, when Prince Bira debuted it for cousin Chula’s White Mouse Stable, ERA R5B’S claim to be among the world’s most continuously raced cars is well-founded. There was a sense of unfinished business at Goodwood though, because (in Peter Bell’s tenure) ‘Remus’ broke in practice at the opening meeting in September ’48. The Lindsay family had owned the car since ’59 when Ludovic – its custodian since ’86 – came under starter’s orders in the Woodcote Cup event, opening race of the first Revival. Quickest into his stride as the Union Jack fell, ending a 32-year drought, the sometime Formula Fordster needed all his skill and nerve to stave off the post-war Cooper-bristols of Roddy Macpherson and Gregor Fisken to the chequered flag. Ludo repeated the feat in ’99, adding Goodwood Trophy victories in 2000, ’05, ’08 and ’09 against the strongest ERA opposition, before selling his favourite warhorse in ’10.
9 2002 When Lord March won the RACMSA’S permission to stage the Freddie March Memorial Trophy as a ‘night’ race – it ran into darkness on the Saturday evening – to bring a glimpse of the Goodwood Nine Hour races of 1952, ’53 and ’55 to new generations of enthusiasts and trigger memories in true Revivalists, he could only have dreamed of the result. Gearbox magnate David Brown’s Aston Martins (a DB3 and two DB3SS) had outlasted the faster Jaguar C-types in the dramatic period enduros and, almost as if scripted by a greater power, did so again. The DB3S of Frank Sytner and Willie Green, two of historic racing’s quickest and most determined combatants, beat the Hwm-jaguar of Michael Steele/ Julian Bronson and C-type of Ben Cussons/gary Pearson – the latter now the event’s top gun with 12 victories, four more than Richard Attwood – as the headlights came on. Adding priceless poignancy, Stirling Moss finished fifth in a C-type.
2003 Richard Attwood has particularly special memories of Goodwood, because the
West Sussex airfield circuit was the scene of his F1 debut for BRM on Easter Monday 1964. The Wolverhampton wanderer had served his venue apprenticeship in its ‘second-tier’ British Automobile Racing Club Members’ Meetings, racing Standard 10 and Triumph TRS initially. He subsequently won a Formula Junior event there in 1960 at the wheel of a Cooper-bmc T56 entered by the Midland Racing Partnership, a consortium whose greatest victory Attwood would score in the ’63 Monaco FJ GP race with a Lola MK5A. In 2003 Attwood – immortalised in Porsche’s history for landing its first Le Mans victory, sharing a 917 with Hans Herrmann – had the joy of watching Mark Hales convert his solid opening stint in a Chevrolet-engined Bizzarrini (above) to RAC TT Celebration gold. Then he turned back the clocks by jumping into his BRM P261 and winning the Glover Trophy F1 race.
2011 ERA R4D, the hallowed works development car in which Raymond Mays set the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb record and won races pre-war, and is mighty fast still, has a dark side. Capricious and highly strung, the black beauty in which Mays won the 1947 and ’48 RAC British Hillclimb titles has rewarded great drivers, but tried the patience of many, not least Alvis graduate James ‘Mac’ Hulbert. The supercharged two-litre unit’s prodigious power and savage delivery suits perfect conditions, thus few gave Hulbert a prayer on this horribly dreich day. Driving the race of his life, however, the indomitable Scottish professor slipped and slid to an extraordinary Goodwood Trophy win lauded by rivals. Compatriot Ron Flockhart – who owned R4D and, thus equipped, won a Goodwood handicap in ’53 before winning Le Mans twice – would certainly have approved.
2014 Snarling Ac/shelby
Cobras of various flavours (and parentage) had always been among the RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration favourites, indeed star drivers Danny Sullivan
(sharing with Historic ace Steve Hitchins) and Patrick Tambay/henri Pescarolo won in 2000 and ’02 respectively. Try as many did to repeat, there followed a painfully long fallow period for snake charmers until Kenny Brack/tom Kristensen powerboated a Daytona Coupe to victory in 2011’s monsoon, but flying Dutchmen David Hart and ex-f1 racer Giedo van der Garde’s ’14 success was up with the best. Ironically, they beat the Bryant family’s ex-roy Salvadori car that has – despite a couple of wipeouts, and mechanical failures while challenging – finished second, third, fourth and fifth with different guest co-drivers. Michael Gans/andy Wolfe triumphed in another Cobra last year (after a penalty thwarted first-pastthe-post Chris Ward/gordon Shedden’s Jaguar E-type hat-trick), but spectators are still rooting for Olly Bryant’s luck to turn.
2000 For enthusiasts in the audience fortunate to have been at Goodwood in March 1960, the sublime skills of John Surtees needed no introduction. The then five-time motorcycle world champion (he would add two more) started his maiden car race, the first he’d seen, from pole position in a Ken Tyrrell-entered Cooper-bmc. Beaten only by the inimitable Jim Clark (Lotus-ford 18) that day, his potential was clear. Impressed, Lotus boss Colin Chapman had hooked him into F1 within weeks, before the Scot! Thirty-eight years on, Ferrari’s ’64 world champion’s lightness of touch in a 250 GTO wowed spectators at the inaugural Revival’s RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration. The
V12 icon’s progress through St Mary’s was peerless. Having raced Sir
Anthony Bamford’s ’64-shaped GTO the following September, ‘Big John’,
66, excelled yet again in 2000, qualifying David Piper’s bright green 275 LM on pole for the big race. He led it brilliantly too, but delays installing 71-year-old ‘Pipes’ enabled Danny Sullivan to pounce for victory in
Steve Hitchins’s Shelby American Daytona Cobra Coupe.
2005 Extrovert showmen have always been popular with the Revival faithful. Emanuele Pirro’s love of racing history, and of Goodwood’s events in particular, has earned the Roman legions of fans since his debut. Pirro’s impromptu release of joy following his second
RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration thriller win – this time sharing 4 WPD, the famous ex-john Coombs/red Rose Motors lightweight Jaguar E-type raced by Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Brian Redman among other luminaries in period – with Dario Franchitti was the stuff of Italian boyhood dreams. Pirro popped his belts on the post-podium victory lap, propped himself out of the driver’s door, waving rallycross style (Italian-rooted Scot Dario was doing the same to his left) and drinking in the atmosphere following his maiden (and sole) Goodwood win. While it earned rapturous applause from an already charged audience, the racing authorities were not amused. American car owner Bernie Carl was slapped with a £5000 fine as entrant, but countered graciously by paying double, just in case the victory celebration might be repeated in future years!
2015 Massive problems don’t faze nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, used to placing total faith in his skilled technicians, whether he is racing high-downforce prototypes or for fun. Alan Mann Racing’s immaculate newly prepared 1964 Holman & Moody Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt arrived at Goodwood untried, thus TK drove it for the first time in Friday qualifying for the St Mary’s Trophy race. Not for long. Carburettor issues stranded the monster at Lavant corner on his first flying lap. He’d start Saturday’s race from the back if the AMR boys could fix it, and duly did so determined to win it. Having blasted past more than half the field on the opening lap, things predictably got tougher among world-class drivers in ever-quicker cars. British Touring Car champions Andy Jordan and Gordon Shedden in Lotus Cortinas and Audi star Frank Stippler (Alfa Romeo GTA) were the last to fall prey to Kristensen in an epic race won by just 1.2 seconds. “I hardly slept this night. The mechanics did an awesome job. It goes like a rocket,” beamed Tom, a fan since his debut in 2010 – in a slab-sided Austin A105. Henry Mann’s victory in Sunday’s owners’ leg gave them gold on aggregate.
2013 ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing’ is an old adage equally applicable to motor racing. In a September monsoon in West Sussex the best type of wear was a relatively heavy and softly-sprung Aston Martin which, in gifted hands, cut its way through standing water. Owned by German gentleman driver Wolfgang Friedrichs, the fabled Project 212 was raced by Graham Hill and Richie Ginther at Le Mans in 1962. Left behind in the TT arms race since ’98, it has long been co-driven at Goodwood by ex-f1 mechanic-turned-restorer Simon Hadfield. Historic racing’s king of the chase relishes tricky conditions. Relayed by Friedrichs as the pit window opened, Hadfield made up ground with relish. A grassy excursion at Lavant, in Tom Kristensen’s wheeltracks, only increased his focus as car after car was passed. Eventually only Anthony Reid’s Lister-jaguar coupe remained ahead, but Hadfield clawed back 20 seconds in seven laps and growled past in front of the pits with two laps to spare. Reid, who believed the Aston was unlapping itself, then slid off trying to match him. The most unexpected win in Revival history was also the icing on Aston Martin’s centenary cake.
19 9 9 Stirling Moss’s winning record at Goodwood – from victory in a Cooper-jap 500 at the circuit’s opening meeting on September 18 1948 (the day after his 19th birthday) to the ’61 Tourist Trophy in a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta – was peerless. He was simply the best driver of his era, and the most versatile. Four successive TTS, two for Aston Martin in ’58 and ’59, took his tally to seven. Only by luck, determination and the skill of medics did his massive F1 Lotus 24 crash on Easter Monday ’62 not claim his life as so many contemporaries lost theirs.
That would have robbed motorsport fanatics, then and now, of the opportunity to see the maestro in action, to appreciate the skills that set Stirling above the rest. But for a brief Audi touring car drive and some historic outings, Moss had done little serious racing since his impact with the bank – between Fordwater and St Mary’s – and the Revival era from 1998. Despite that life-changing crash, he was hugely supportive to Lord March (now the Duke of Richmond & Gordon) in campaigning to get Goodwood reopened.
Moss’s 69th birthday was celebrated at the first Revival Meeting, in which he raced a Ferrari GTO to eighth in the TT Celebration with Mark Hales, an Aston Martin DBR1 to sixth in the Lavant Cup and a Lola Mk1 in the Sussex Trophy. It wasn’t until the following year, though, that those spectators who had not seen Moss race in period became acquainted with his genius.
That Stirling was put on earth to drive racing cars was immediately evident when, reunited with a Maserati 250F – a later, sleeker evolution of his ’54 Goodwood Trophy winner – in suddenly wet conditions, the 70-year-old sliced through from 16th on the grid to finish a brilliant fourth in the Richmond & Gordon Trophy race, eight seconds behind Willie Green’s similar car.
Only John Harper, in a familiar BRM P25, and Derek Bell in a rear-engined Cooper, reached the chequered flag before them.
Moss raced many cars at subsequent
Revivals – from Jaguar Mk7 to Ford Lotus
Cortina – and demonstrated countless others, often chauffeuring illustrious colleagues on cavalcades. But that snapshot of his sublime relaxation in the Maserati’s cockpit, undimmed reflexes and deft fingertip control provided a magical insight into a wonderful career that spanned 16 world championship grand prix wins and Mille Miglia victory for all who missed them.