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GOOD­WOOD PRE­VIEW THE MN RE­VIVAL

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A star-stud­ded line-up will race Austin A30s and A35s in the two-part St Mary’s Tro­phy. Driv­ers from F1 and Le Mans as well as eight cur­rent BTCC aces will race the 85bhp cars on Satur­day. The cars’ own­ers take over for Sun­day’s race.

The 50th an­niver­sary of the start of the three-litre F1 era will be cel­e­brated by high-speed demon­stra­tion ses­sions on each of the three days. Up to 15 cars will run, in­clud­ing four Lo­tus 49s and cars from Brab­ham, Mclaren, BRM, Cooper and Fer­rari. Fa­ther-and-son Andy and Chris Mid­dle­hurst will both drive the ex-jim Clark BRM H16-en­gined Lo­tus 43.

A fea­ture of Sun­day will be a pa­rade of cars mark­ing ‘Good­wood Great Mo­ments’. Over 30 cars fea­tured in spe­cial mo­ments in the pe­riod Good­wood his­tory will take to the track, with GT, sports-rac­ing, sin­gle-seater and grand prix cars all rep­re­sented.

As more of the cars move out of the UK, gath­er­ing big num­bers of ERAS to­gether gets harder. How­ever, no less than nine of the pre-war rac­ing cars will be on the grid for Satur­day’s first race, the Good­wood Tro­phy.

The Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club TT Cel­e­bra­tion is a tra­di­tional Good­wood high­light. Sun­day af­ter­noon’s hour-long, two-driver race for 1963 and 1964 GT cars has again drawn a stel­lar en­try with seven AC Co­bras, 10 E-types and a gag­gle of star driv­ers.

Le Mans win­ners pep­per the en­try, in­clud­ing five-time win­ner Derek Bell who will race a Fer­rari 250GT in the Kin­rara Tro­phy. How­ever, the ul­ti­mate Le Mans win­ner is nine-time vic­tor Tom Kris­tensen who will make his Austin A35 de­but shar­ing the car of for­mer TV dragon Theo Paphitis.

Chances to see Maserati 250Fs rac­ing are get­ting rarer these days, so the prospect of nine of the clas­sic 1950s Grand Prix car, plus the Tecmec deriva­tion, in the Rich­mond Tro­phy is one to be savoured. Watch in par­tic­u­lar for Si­mon Dif­fey’s hard-charg­ing style.

A fa­mous Jaguar D-type re­cently sold for over £16 mil­lion, yet six of them will be rac­ing this week­end in the Sus­sex Tro­phy. Le Mans win­ner Andy Wal­lace tops the pack against late 1950s sports cars from Lo­tus, Maserati and Fer­rari.

Smaller-en­gined sports-rac­ers from the early 1960s get a big day out in the Madg­wick Cup and the beau­ti­ful Lo­tus 23B tops the en­try with 14 ex­am­ples of Colin Chap­man’s 1963 de­sign. Mclaren test driver Chris Good­win tops the 23B en­try.

John Mcguin­ness and Michael Dun­lop, two of the big­gest stars of mo­tor­cy­cle road rac­ing, will race 1950s Manx Nor­tons in the Barry Sheene Me­mo­rial Tro­phy. With 36 Isle of Man TT wins be­tween them, they will now make their race de­buts on the Good­wood track.

ERAS are out in force at Good­wood

SEPTEM­BER 7 2016

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