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.

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