A landmark moment happened in front of the massed crowds at Goodwood this year. A tonne was taken.
1. Mike Edwards was fastest in qualifying, where he set the first 100mph motorcycle lap of the Goodwood circuit. He led from start to finish to win by over 30 seconds in blustery conditions on the George Beale/eddie Roberts TZ350G that he will campaign this year in ICGP.
2. Dave Cooper didn’t have the best of luck, retiring on the first lap due to electrical gremlins.
3. First 250 home after a brilliant scrap with fellow 250 rider Steve Pond was Dan Walling – just 0.3 of a second ahead.
4. A busy meeting for George Thomas (1), Mike Hawthorne (10), Vince Cundle (14) and Robin Lamb (8)
5. Glen English had some late night work on the Saturday to replace a leaking radiator. It paid off when he was having a great battle with Palmer and Russell. However, oil on his boot and footrest meant he had to slow down, eventually finishing a fine fourth.
6. Assisted by Former GP Star Martin Wimmer, Duncan Fitchett was involved in a close scrap with Mike Farrell and Peter Crew.
7. On Graham Veryard’s well turned out Harris TZ350G, Nigel Palmer was clocked at 142mph in qualifying to finish third only 0.3 of a second behind Pole Man Mike Edwards. In the race he had a great dice with Michael Russell who he pipped by just under three seconds.
8. The 38-year-old radiator in the Jingly Jangly Images Bill Simpson Racing TZ350E didn’t like its first drink of English water, so spat it all out which resulted in a seizure in the first lap of qualifying. Crew chief Johan van der Perre worked wonders cobbling together an engine from parts that had seen better days. Starting from the back of the grid, Mike Hawthorne made good progress until a slide whilst going flat out put him onto the grass. He made it back to the track convinced he had a had a flat tyre but it was when a gearbox seal popped that he was forced to retire in a haze of blue smoke three laps from the end.