IT’S GLORIOUS AT GOODWOOD
Annual Goodwood Revival attracts racing royalty for Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
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.