Goodwood’s Mini race
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.’ goodwood.com
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.