Goodwood safety issues
I’m a long-term CCW reader I always look forward to the next issue. Incredibly, you even carried an article on the TVR Chimaera (23 March). By sheer coincidence I take delivery of a ropey Chimaera soon. But, your article on the European referendum got my goat.
I have my own opinions on Europe which I shall keep to myself. However, regardless of which side I may fall on I would not make my decision based upon how it might affect my classic car ownership. As much as classic car issues are important to me they are hardly relevant to the wider political issues surrounding the Euro debate.
Please stick to classic car related issues. That is why we all buy the publication, and for me is a few moments in my own little world.
We will all be beaten over the head by the mass media over the next few months, so please let me escape to my classic car heaven free from Big Brother and their meddling in my day to day life. Leave me to enjoy my passion with a cup of tea and a biscuit without having to ponder life’s wider complications. Rob Bryant, Hellingly, East Sussex
Your Letters, The Editor, CCW, Having attended the 74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood, I must write to correct a couple of errors in your report in the 23 March issue.
First, you state that Stephen Bond was driving a Lola T70 Spyder in the Brooks Trophy race when the car somersaulted a number of times, as a result of which he was airlifted to hospital. This is incorrect inasmuch that Stephen Bond’s accident occurred when his Lotus-Climax 18 was caught by the errant Cooper-Climax T51 of Richard Wilson exiting the Chicane on to the main straight and the Lotus was launched into a series of cartwheels, which resulted in the car entering the Stephen Bond did sustain a broken collarbone but this did not lead to his being airlifted to hospital.
The accident involving the Lola T70 Spyder occurred later in the day in the Bruce McLaren Trophy race when the car driven by the Dutchman Michael Smits suffered a heavy impact with the tyre wall at Woodcote Corner which did necessitate the driver being extricated and airlifted to hospital with broken vertebrae and broken ribs.
While it is always worrying and unpleasant to witness accidents, I believe that the safety measures in place at Goodwood meet the required standards. By its very nature, it is a fast circuit and mechanics, marshals and spectators attend at their own risk.
The safety of everybody is paramount, but I sincerely hope there is not a kneejerk reaction to sanitise all motor racing at Goodwood. John Goodman, Witham, Essex
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