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As ever, the Good­wood Re­vival was one of the high­lights of my race cal­en­dar. I was gen­er­ously in­vited to drive my old 356 Pre-a in the Ford­wa­ter Tro­phy by Si­mon Bowrey, its new owner. There was an el­e­ment of un­fin­ished busi­ness in that I knew the car could, and should, go bet­ter than we did last time. We took a cou­ple of sec­onds off our pre­vi­ous best in test­ing and a cou­ple more in quali. We were mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion, even if we still werenʼt any­where near Sam Tord­off, who put his Pre-a on pole and came through the field in the race to fin­ish sec­ond to Dar­ren Turner ʼs As­ton Martin after a fluffed start. For the record, I man­aged to get ours off the line with­out stalling…

Good­wood is also a place to see and be seen and the Pre-a is a se­ri­ously pretty lit­tle car. I seem to re­mem­ber there was some de­bate as to whether it is ex­actly the right shade of sil­ver-grey, but thereʼs no doubt it suits the car per­fectly.

Si­mon has added bumpers, re-fit­ted the win­dow winders and re­trimmed the in­te­rior. Itʼs all un­nec­es­sary weight in a sense – some­thing like 75 ki­los to be pre­cise – but the net ef­fect is that the car is stun­ning. The lad has a good eye.

I am more of a num­bers man my­self, and can claim the point­lessly triv­ial, but pos­si­bly unique, dou­ble of hav­ing raced a 356 num­bered 356 and a 911 num­bered 911 at the cir­cuit. I will hap­pily do the maths again if some­one wants to stick me in a 904 or a 910!

More gen­er­ally, the com­pe­ti­tion depart­ment seems to have be­come a bit keener on our cars of late. If so, long may it last. After the Mem­bersʼ Meet­ing, in which clas­sic Porsches were, if any­thing, over-rep­re­sented, there was an­other strong turnout of our sort of stuff at this year ʼs Re­vival.

There were five Pre-as in the Ford­wa­ter, three 904s in the TT and two 910s in the Whit­sun Tro­phy. It was also tremen­dous to see a team of early 911s – in­clud­ing David Kennedyʼs rare RHD ex­am­ple – act­ing as course and safety cars along­side the reg­u­lar GT40S. Well done to Andy Prill who helped put that to­gether.

Over the course of the week­end, I spent some time away from the track tak­ing in the at­trac­tions and dis­trac­tions at some of the com­mer­cial stands. I found a num­ber of pe­riod pho­to­graphs of Uk-based 904s. Ac­cord­ing to De­nis Jenk­in­son, there were up to six such cars, in­clud­ing Stir­ling Mossʼs metal­lic green car and Dickie Stoopʼs Ir­ish Green ex­am­ple that raced at the cir­cuit in pe­riod and has done so again this year at both the Mem­ber ʼs Meet­ing and the Re­vival.

I found some pho­to­graphs of AFX 1B – the car that briefly be­longed to Ron­nie Hoare. Else­where at the event, I bumped into Alain de Cadenet who con­firmed he bought the car from Hoare. De Cadenet paid for the car in in­stal­ments, the first of which was some start- and prize-money he won from bor­row­ing and rac­ing it!

I also found a cou­ple of pho­to­graphs of chas­sis 097 – a sil­ver car that was first owned by John Mor­ris who, like Mike Deʼudy, went on also to race a 906. The car had an in­ter­est­ing, if largely do­mes­tic, com­pet­i­tive ca­reer in­clud­ing a top ten fin­ish at Good­wood, along with Stoop and Deʼudy in their 904s in the 2-litre sup­port race at the 1964 TT meet­ing.

The race – which ap­pears only to have been run in 1964 – was won by Mike Spence in a Lo­tus Elan, with Stoop sec­ond and Deʼudy third. If the comp depart­ment are look­ing for new pe­ri­od­cor­rect ideas, a re-run of that for­mat could be worth con­sid­er­ing.

I bought the pho­to­graphs, as well as some oth­ers, from a cou­ple of estab­lished old-school ven­dors. They knew what they had, but did­nʼt seem over-both­ered about sell­ing it. They were en­thu­si­asts them­selves. Our sort of peo­ple, in fact.

In con­trast, some oth­ers seemed only to be in­ter­ested in mak­ing money. They had in­ter­est­ing im­ages, but did­nʼt know or care much about them. Their pric­ing struc­ture was com­pli­cated and more or less pro­hib­i­tive. They said I must­nʼt do any­thing with any­thing I bought.

They werenʼt sure they should be there and I am not sure I should be writ­ing this now. God pre­serve us from these peo­ple and keep our pas­time in bet­ter hands. You did­nʼt think we were go­ing to get through this with­out a rant about some­thing, did you?

Ac­tu­ally, thatʼs the wrong note on which to end. I must thank Si­mon again for the op­por­tu­nity, Steve Win­ter for his calm and very ca­pa­ble sup­port and lots of other peo­ple for lots of other things – it was all great fun! CP

Robert Bar­rie is a clas­sic Porsche en­thu­si­ast through and through. As well as com­pet­ing in his­toric events with a va­ri­ety of early Porsches and or­gan­is­ing track days, heʼs also a pur­veyor of fine clas­sic au­to­mo­biles

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