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He was a cousin of Mike Spence “My fa­ther was a spon­sor of Mike Spence and he was my cousin, so it started with him. I wasn’t al­lowed to go mo­tor rac­ing as I was con­sid­ered far too pre­cious by my fa­ther, which is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve. It was shock­ing when Mike was killed at In­di­anapo­lis in 1968.”

He was talked into his­torics “It was re­ally An­drew Schryver, my wife’s cousin, who got me into rac­ing. We were talk­ing at a fu­neral and he said I should get into his­toric rac­ing and that was 15 or 20 years ago. I also started a brew­ery 20 years ago on the Isle of Wight.”

He was a cham­pion “I started with His­toric For­mula Ford, which is a su­per for­mula, and I con­sider it’s where I re­ally be­long. I then went to Clas­sic Rac­ing Cars and amaz­ingly won the cham­pi­onship in 2007 with my Mer­lyn Mk9. It was mostly by sand-bag­ging and mak­ing sure I fin­ished. It was cer­tainly not a re­flec­tion of my ta­lent.”

He moved to an F1 car “I’ve loved my rac­ing and made lots of good friends. The Cooper T56/59 Grand Prix car I’ve raced this year has been two years of con­stant prob­lems and I blew up three en­gines not re­al­is­ing that I had no oil pres­sure go­ing around left-hand bends. Even­tu­ally the penny dropped and we got the oil sys­tem sorted. We still had an elec­tri­cal fault, but we even­tu­ally re-wired the whole thing and now it goes like a train. The Alfa Romeo en­gine in it is de­light­ful.”

He’s raced all over “Bill Hem­ming leant me his Elfin 300 at Philip Is­land. That was a fab­u­lous car and what a plea­sure to drive down there and to cap it all, he leant me an­other Elfin to do the sup­port race for the Aus­tralian Grand Prix at Mel­bourne. I’ve been able to race at Imola, Nur­bur­gring and Zand­voort and all these fan­tas­tic places where you can feel the ghosts of drivers past.”

He has now re­tired “This is my last sea­son, which is a bit sad and Spa 10 days ago was my fi­nal race week­end. I’ve had a very good in­nings and I find driv­ing long dis­tances a pain now. We’re all ex­cep­tion­ally priv­i­leged to do what we do.”

God­dard: his last sea­son

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