THE GREAT AND THE GOODWOOD
MCN lined up on the grid alongside racing stars past and present...
Classic action from the Goodwood Revival made this year’s event the best yet. And MCN’S Adam Child joined the racing ranks to get a flavour of this incredible event. Don’t miss this week’s picture special.
The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy was, for many, the highlight of the Goodwood Revival as a star studded line up from past and present took on the fast Goodwood circuit. Riders included John Mcguinness, Michael Dunlop, Troy Corser, Steve Plater, Freddie Spencer and Mick Grant to name but a few.
Torrential rain on Saturday couldn’t dampen the spirits as riders took on the first of the two-part race on classic pre1954 500cc race bikes.
Troy Corser was the first to succumb to Saturday’s terrible weather crashing out of the lead in spectacular fashion (see right) on the very first lap. Eventually the pairing of Charlie Williams and Mike Farrall proved unbeatable and they took race one on their 1933 Rudge.
The second and final part of the race took place on Sunday and was run in near perfect conditions. John Mcguinness’s team-mate Glen English got off to a flying start onboard the Fred Walmsley-prepared 1953 Manx Norton. John brought the Manx home to an easy win, while MCN’S own Senior Road Tester Adam Child finished fourth with race-partner and owner of the Matchless, Stuart Tonge
The overall victory went to Mcguinness and English at only John’s first visit to Goodwood. The 23-times TT winner said: “It’s been mega to win such a prestigious event. I’ve been blown away, it’s amazing. It’s the attention to detail, the bikes, the planes, the cars and people, we’ve been here since Thursday and I’ve still not seen it all”. Q More Goodwood Revival images over the page.
MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child took on the stars at the prestigious Goodwood event. After qualifying eighth with riding partner Stuart Tonge, they went on to finish 10th in race one followed by a credible fourth in race two. Chad said: “Race one was a nightmare, the conditions were terrible, deteriorating from heavy rain at the start to torrential by the end. I got a shocking start but so did Michael Dunlop, he came past me into turn one so I just tried to keep him in sight for a few laps. By half distance I’d passed Steve Plater and Mick Grant, and then handed over to my team-mate Stuart, who brought her home in 10th. In the second race on Sunday Stuart rode a brilliant first half. At the changeover I had to get my head down initially to make up some places, then rode to my pit signals and brought her home in fourth. I was more than happy and it was great to be mixing it with such great names.”
TT stars Michael Dunlop and John Mcguinness duke it out on Manx Nortons White overalls and starting rollers are the order of the day in the pits A celebratory cigar for Mcguinness John Surtees: 82 and still in a helmet Eight-time TT winner Charlie Williams has a laugh with 13time winner Michael Dunlop