GOODWOOD PREVIEW THE MN REVIVAL
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.