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“New ideas help keep his­toric mo­tor­sport fresh”

Motor Sport News - - Goodwood Revival -

One of the chal­lenges for or­gan­is­ers of his­toric race events is keep­ing things fresh. By def­i­ni­tion, given they are re­ly­ing on set pe­ri­ods and cat­e­gories from the past, it would be very easy for things to look ba­si­cally the same every year.

That is par­tic­u­larly true for the Good­wood Re­vival, which is lim­ited to pre-1966 ma­chin­ery. But Lord March and his team work hard to change things around and did so again for the 19th edi­tion last week­end.

To a cer­tain de­gree the dis­cov­ery of un­seen cars or event de­buts by stars such as David Coulthard (who raced an Austin A35) helps, but what re­ally makes the dif­fer­ence are new el­e­ments. This year the two-driver Kin­rara Tro­phy race for pre-1963 GT cars was a very wel­come ad­di­tion.

Not only did it give the spot­light to cars like the Fer­rari 250 GT Ber­linet­tas and As­ton Martin DB4 GTS that have long since been left be­hind by de­vel­op­ments in the pre-1966 RAC TT pack, it also gave Good­wood a new, great-look­ing grid.

Even bet­ter, the race was a stormer, with a num­ber of po­ten­tial win­ners, drama aplenty, and a stand­out drive from Le Mans leg­end Tom Kris­tensen (see re­port).

Far less ex­otic but also new for 2016 was a demon­stra­tion of early stock car rac­ers from the 1950s. With ma­chines based on NASCARS brought over from the US, stock car rac­ing kicked off the on-track ac­tion each day.

UK stock car rac­ing be­gan in 1954 and im­me­di­ately proved pop­u­lar. Good­wood prime mover Julius Thur­good in­sti­gated the re­vival move­ment with a meet­ing in 2003 and it has since gained mo­men­tum.

Among the new sights to most spec­ta­tors last week­end was a replica of the Ford Coupe in which F1 supremo Bernie Ec­cle­stone started out in mo­tor­sport.

At the mo­ment, the pack – largely made up of Amer­i­can sedans and coupes from the ’30s and ’40s with Ford V8 side valve engines – only com­petes oc­ca­sion­ally. But demon­stra­tions such as that at Good­wood, and pre­vi­ously at Brands Hatch, Oul­ton Park and Rock­ing­ham, could lead to some­thing more.

“We’ve never seen so many cars of the 1950s to­gether as here at Good­wood,” said long-time stock car ex­pert Max Sander­son. “Peo­ple are in­ter­ested and some want to com­pete.”

That’s un­likely to hap­pen at Good­wood of course. But it all goes to show that, per­haps con­trary to ex­pec­ta­tion, his­toric mo­tor­sport can con­tinue to grow and pros­per by ex­pand­ing and evolv­ing.

Stock car pack in­cluded Ec­cle­stone replica

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