RWR RAC­ERS ON PA­RADE

Classic Sports Car - - Goodwood Revival 2018 -

One of Britain’s great­est pri­va­teer team own­ers, Rob Walker, was hon­oured in style at the Re­vival with an im­pres­sive set of rac­ers in his sig­na­ture colours of dark blue with a white nose­band. Walker’s son Rob­bie led the pa­rade in his fa­ther’s De­la­haye 135S, in which Walker se­nior fa­mously switched suits dur­ing his stints at Le Mans in 1939 (see Full throt­tle, p53).

The glo­ri­ous pa­rade in­cluded both Tt-win­ning Fer­rari 250GT SWBS, which Stir­ling Moss drove to vic­tory at Good­wood in 1960 and ’61. Sir Jackie Ste­wart stepped in for the ail­ing Moss to drive the 1958 Ar­gen­tinian Gp-win­ning Cooper T43, which kicked off the rear-en­gined rev­o­lu­tion. Walker’s road cars in­cluded the Fa­cel II now owned by mo­tor­sport com­men­ta­tor Bob Con­stan­duros, and the only key ma­chines miss­ing were his trea­sured ex-richard Sea­man GP De­lage and Jo Sif­fert’s 1968 Bri­tish Gp-win­ning Lo­tus 49B R7.

Few au­to­mo­tive au­ral treats match the ma­jes­tic sound of an Ea­gle-wes­lake V12, and in hon­our of the much-missed Good­wood hero Dan Gur­ney, the Revs In­sti­tute sent over his 1967 Bel­gian Grand Prix-win­ning Ea­gle for Derek Bell and Ste­wart to demon­strate. To mark the oc­ca­sion, mar­shals painted ‘VIVA Gur­ney’ on the Good­wood grid. As an as­pir­ing racer, Bell had watched Gur­ney test the Ea­gle at Good­wood, and was over­joyed to be asked to drive the his­toric sin­gle-seater. “An in­cred­i­ble car,” was the five-time Le Mans win­ner’s ver­dict.

Other pa­rades in­cluded a cel­e­bra­tion of Bri­tish Trans­port – joined by a full-size steam train be­side the track – and a set of 50 Re­vival win­ners headed by Lu­dovic Lind­say in ERA R5B ‘Re­mus,’ in which he won the first race in 1998.

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