An­nual Good­wood Re­vival at­tracts rac­ing roy­alty for Barry Sheene Memo­rial Tro­phy

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Thou­sands of his­toric race fans poured into the world-fa­mous Good­wood cir­cuit at the week­end for the an­nual Re­vival meet­ing to wit­ness count­less price­less mo­tor­cy­cles and cars be­ing raced with un­flinch­ing com­mit­ment.

For many, it was the Barry Sheene Memo­rial Tro­phy that proved the high­light of the meet­ing as a star-stud­ded line up from past and present ran Le Mans-style to their wait­ing bikes and took on the fast and un­for­giv­ing cir­cuit. Star rid­ers in­cluded Michael and Wil­liam Dun­lop, Troy Corser, Jeremy Mcwil­liams, Steve Par­rish, Fred­die Spencer, Mick Grant and Tt-racer- turned-tv-star, Guy Martin, who teamed-up with Good­wood stal­wart Glen English. MCN’S Adam Child also raced with owner/rider Stu­art Tonge on a stun­ning 1961 Manx Nor­ton 500.

Tor­ren­tial rain dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing on Fri­day couldn’t dampen spir­its, and for Satur­day’s race – part one of two – the con­di­tions were per­fect. Michael and Wil­liam Dun­lop took an early lead on their MV Agusta, but were forced to re­tire on lap eight. This left Michael House and Howie Main­war­ing-smart to take vic­tory on their Match­less G50. Guy Martin and Glen English took an im­pres­sive seventh po­si­tion. “That was mint I re­ally en­joyed that and got stuck in. The Le Mans start was ace,” said Guy.

Sun­day’s race ran in change­able con­di­tions, Glen English crash­ing on the first lap, end­ing their race chal­lange, and open­ing the door for Mcwil­liams and team-mate Fitch­ett to take the win. Bill Swal­low and Mike Rus­sell took se­cond, while the Dun­lop brothers fin­ished an im­pres­sive third on a hastily bor­rowed Manx Nor­ton.

Over­all vic­tory across the race meet­ing went to Mcwil­liams and Fitch­ett. “The bike (Manx Nor­ton) was built just for this event, and it’s tes­ta­ment to the team – they’ve put such a great bike to­gether. I’m buzzing. I still love rac­ing and win­ning,” said Mcwil­liams.

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