WALKER RETURNS TO GOODWOOD
Comeback after 50 years away
Mike Walker will return to race at Goodwood this weekend, 50 years after making his Formula 3 debut there in May 1966.
Walker was a rising single-seater star of the late 1960s and early 1970s but quit the sport in 1974 when plans to race in European Formula 2 faltered. He only returned in 2014 to race the rare front-wheel-drive Bond in Formula Junior.
“I raced at Goodwood in May and June 1966 just before the circuit closed, but I’ve not raced there since,” he said ahead of his Revival debut in the Chichester Cup.
“I love the idea of going back to Goodwood and it will be very special to go back after exactly 50 years,” said Walker, 70. “I have a reasonable memory of the track and it hasn’t changed since 1966. Back in 1966 my Brabham was late arriving and I only started racing it in May against drivers like Derek Bell, Robin Widdows and John Fenning,” said Walker, who finished fifth in British F3 that season.
A meeting with Andrew Tart, who prepares Bonds for owner Jon GoddardWatts, led to the chance for Walker to return to racing in 2014 and he is now one of the fastest frontengined Junior drivers.