Good­wood’s Mini race

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A sin­gle-make Mini race – the Betty Rich­mond Tro­phy – will take place at the 77th Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing at Good­wood Mo­tor Cir­cuit, West Sus­sex on 6-7 April, to mark the model’s 60th birth­day.

The race is named af­ter the cur­rent Duke of Rich­mond’s grand­mother, who was known for buzzing around the Good­wood es­tate in her red Austin Seven.

With the 9th Duke of Rich­mond hav­ing been a friend of Sir Alec Is­sigo­nis, the Rich­monds’ Mini was one of the very first built. The Duke of Rich­mond said: ‘Think­ing back, Betty was re­ally the one re­spon­si­ble for my love of mo­tor sport. She used to buy books on cars, which she then got my grand­fa­ther to give to me. She also en­cour­aged my grand­fa­ther to spend time with me at the cir­cuit. It was an eight-year old’s dream.

‘It is, there­fore, en­tirely fit­ting to name this new race at the 77th Mem­bers’ Meet­ing af­ter my grand­mother who is re­ally the per­son, more than any­one, who got me hooked on cars, bikes and rac­ing.’ good­

Minis are a reg­u­lar at the Good­wood re­vival in the pop­u­lar st. Mary’s Tro­phy.

cel­e­brate the Mini’s 60th birth­day at next year’s Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing.

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