Autosport (UK) - - REPORT - MATT KEW

THE DUKE OF RICH­MOND’S DREAM to re­turn mo­tor­sport to the Good­wood cir­cuit turned out to be so suc­cess­ful that the Re­vival has now out­lived the orig­i­nal race meet­ings that ran be­tween 1948 and ’66.

As a re­sult, the dis­play of Re­vival win­ners to cel­e­brate the event’s 20th an­niver­sary spanned just shy of 50 cars. Lead­ing the pack was

ERA R5B ‘Re­mus’, which won the 1998 Wood­cote Tro­phy, the first race at the in­au­gu­ral Re­vival.

Suc­cess­ful pri­vate team owner Rob Walker was also hon­oured (right). His first taste of rac­ing was the 1924 Bologna GP, and the win­ning Bu­gatti Type 22 was joined on track by the De­la­haye 135S that he raced to eighth at Le Mans in ’39.

Three-time For­mula 1 cham­pion Jackie Ste­wart drove the Walker-run Cooper-cli­max T43 in which Stir­ling Moss won the 1958 Ar­gen­tinian Grand Prix to usher in the rear-en­gine era. Later en­tries in­cluded Moss’s Tt-win­ning Fer­rari 250 GTS, the GT40 Walker en­tered at Le Mans in ’65 – adopted as one of Ford’s own to bol­ster its as­sault against Fer­rari – and the ’71 Sur­tees TS9B, mark­ing Walker’s time as man­ager to Mike Hail­wood.

Such was the pop­u­lar­ity of

Dan Gur­ney that at the 1967 Race of Cham­pi­ons the mar­shals painted ‘Viva Gur­ney’ on the Brands Hatch as­phalt as they willed his Ea­gle on to vic­tory. For the first Re­vival to be held fol­low­ing his death, the same words dec­o­rated the Good­wood grid.

Gur­ney be­came the first Amer­i­can to win a world cham­pi­onship For­mula 1 race in an Amer­i­can car later in 1967. And the Ea­gle T1G with which he claimed the spoils in the Bel­gian Grand Prix had the track to it­self at the Re­vival.

Ste­wart and five-time Le Mans win­ner Derek Bell took turns to pi­lot it across the week­end. Ap­pro­pri­ately its three-litre V12 was built by Sus­sex-based com­pany Wes­lake, and Bell had watched Gur­ney un­der­take closed tests at the track, al­beit hid­den be­hind the grassy banks.

“When I got into the Ea­gle I asked my­self, ‘Why do I feel so at home?’,” said Bell. “As soon as I got in the Ea­gle and shifted gear and went through the cor­ners mod­er­ately quickly, then I re­alised what an in­cred­i­ble car it is.”

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