re­vival’s great­est rac­ers talk shop

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Sir Stir­ling Moss was joined by some of mo­tor­sport’s big­gest names to share their rac­ing opin­ions.

The Credit Suisse Rac­ing Fo­rum is an an­nual gath­er­ing held in the Con­trol build­ing of the Good­wood mo­tor cir­cuit – and a place for for­mer driv­ers to wax lyri­cal about yes­ter­year.

Led by com­pere Henry Hope-Frost, this year’s theme was ‘Closed Cock­pit ver­sus Sin­gle Seaters: The Path to Mo­tor­sport Glory’, which led to good­hu­moured ban­ter­ing about which is the best way into For­mula 1. Here are some of the best quotes from the meet­ing: sir stir­ling Moss OBe ‘ The se­cret (of rac­ing) is putting your foot down and go­ing fast.’ Jochen Mass ‘Pro­mot­ers (for Euro races) have to pay up front. Amer­i­can pro­mot­ers don’t – and it shows. Both sides need bet­ter cir­cuits though.’

Derek Bell MBe ‘We’re in the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness. Back in my day, peo­ple were en­ter­tained. But nowa­days peo­ple aren’t.’

Dario Fran­chitti MBe ‘My dream as a kid was to drive in For­mula 1. But the fur­ther up the lad­der I climbed, the less I re­ally wanted it.’

David Brab­ham ‘With Good­wood, there was al­ways a fear fac­tor – and that was good for race spec­tac­tors. With the cur­rent rac­ing tracks there’s no fear fac­tor.’

alain de ca­denet ‘Bernie (Ec­cle­stone) once nicked my wheels. Ten of them! And he then melted them down and said I could buy them back off him for £200 each!’

left to right: Dario Fran­chitti MBe, Good­wood com­men­ta­tor Henry Hope-Frost, Derek Bell MBe, David Brab­ham, sir stir­ling Moss OBe, alain de ca­denet, Jochen Mass

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