Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed

Sur­tees se­lec­tion steals show from Fer­rari and Bernie

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Mur­ray Scul­lion and James Sadlier

The Fes­ti­val of Speed may have been ded­i­cated to Bernie Ec­cle­stone, but it was the trib­ute to an­other mo­tor­sport hero that stole the show.

Good­wood’s homage to the late John Sur­tees was the first large-scale trib­ute to the man who so fa­mously won ti­tles on both two and four wheels. Through­out the course of the event, Sur­tees’ bikes and cars could be seen and heard thun­der­ing up Lord March’s hill­climb. Honda brought along the RA300 For­mula 1 car in which Sur­tees won his fi­nal Grand Prix in 1967. His Vin­cent Grey Flash, on which he first made his name aged just 17 while still an ap­pren­tice at the Vin­cent fac­tory, was also there. Lord March says: ‘The great cham­pion John Sur­tees passed away in March and I wanted to take this op­por­tu­nity to pay my own per­sonal trib­ute to him. At Fes­ti­val time, he and his wife Jane al­ways stayed with my par­ents on the es­tate and they be­came great friends. He even bought me my grand­fa­ther’s BMW R5 mo­tor­cy­cle.’

Else­where, Tamiya brought three full-size cars based on ra­dio-con­trolled ones and Fer­rari cel­e­brated 70 years with 35 com­pe­ti­tion cars made in Maranello tak­ing to the hill. Bernie Ec­cle­stone had a low-key event, tak­ing part in in­ter­views, and be­ing pas­sen­ger on the hill in Lord March’s 1935 AC 1680 Pro­to­type.

Win­ner of this year’s hill­climb was re­storer and Le Mans racer, Justin Law, driv­ing a Jaguar XJR-12D.

More than 180 rac­ing cars took part in the hill­climb, with up­wards of 80 cars tear­ing through the trees on the for­est rally stage, and 45 cars grac­ing the Cartier Lawn.

This 1973 Sur­tees-Hart TS15 got pulses rac­ing dur­ing the trib­ute to the great man. GOOD­WOOD FES­TI­VAL OF SPEED, CHICH­ESTER, WEST SUS­SEX, 29 JUNE-2 JULY

A 1971 Tyrrel­lCos­worth 003 leads the pro­ces­sion of Cos­worth ma­chines.

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