Ground-ef­fect mon­sters of the ‘70s set for high-speed demon­stra­tion

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

More than 30 ground-ef­fect F1 cars from the late 1970s and early 1980s will take part in high-speed demon­stra­tion ses­sions at the Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing on March 19/20.

Some of the fastest cars ever to run in pub­lic at the Sus­sex track will be a key high­light of the 74th Mem­bers’ Meet­ing and the en­try will in­clude iconic de­signs like the Fer­rari 312T5, Wil­liams FW07 and FW08, Brab­ham BT49C and Mclaren MP4. Cars from En­sign, Fit­ti­paldi, Osella and Wolf will also be in the line-up as the demon­stra­tion recre­ates an era when de­sign­ers har­nessed the air­flow be­neath the cars.

Lead­ing his­toric racer Nick Pad­more says it will be an in­cred­i­ble spec­ta­cle. He will share the driv­ing of the ex-jan Lam­mers Shadow DN9 with the car’s pre­parer, Sam Thomas.

“The aim is to show the cars off within sen­si­ble lim­its,” said Pad­more, who set the out­right Good­wood lap record in a Lola T70 Spy­der at last year’s Mem­bers’ Meet­ing. “Good­wood is one of those cir­cuits you have to re­spect and it will make the lap very short. Ford­wa­ter and ‘no-name’ are so quick. The F1 car has the po­ten­tial to be a lot quicker than the Lola and it will be se­ri­ously quick. We’ll be chas­ing the cir­cuit record if the con­di­tions are right.”

Pad­more will also be rac­ing the Lola again in the Bruce Mclaren Tro­phy and is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited by the chance to race the Mini Cooper owned by his father Keith in the Whit­more Cup pre ’66 tour­ing car race.

Brab­ham BT49C will be in ac­tion

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