Goodwood Festival of Speed
Surtees selection steals show from Ferrari and Bernie
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.