Good­wood Re­vival 2018

Close rac­ing made the 20th-an­niver­sary Good­wood Re­vival among the best yet

Classic Sports Car - - Contents - WORDS LIZZIE POPE/MICK WALSH PHO­TOG­RA­PHY JAMES MANN/ERIC SAWYER/WALSH

The first race of 2018’s Good­wood Re­vival kicked off the 7-9 Septem­ber event in the best-pos­si­ble way, with an epic duel in the Kin­rara Tro­phy. The con­test, for pre-’63 closed-cock­pit GTS, tempted 11 Maranello ex­otics to the grid, in­clud­ing Carlo Vögele’s fab­u­lous ex-col Ron­nie Hoare 330GTO.

When the flag dropped, pole­sit­ter Nik­las Halusa made a clean get­away in fa­ther Mar­tin’s Fer­rari 250GT SWB ‘Bread­van’, with Jon Min­shaw (Jaguar E-type) chas­ing him into the twi­light. The dice con­tin­ued af­ter the driver change, as Le Mans leg­end Emanuele Pirro reeled in Phil Keen, be­fore get­ting the Fer­rari ahead to take a pop­u­lar vic­tory. “Some­one wanted some bread re­ally quickly, so we had to speed up,” joked a de­lighted Pirro.

As the bat­tle for the lead cooled, it in­ten­si­fied be­hind for the fi­nal podium spot be­tween the E-types of Rob Huff and Nigel Green­sall. Huff’s bon­net came loose, leav­ing him blind un­der brak­ing and adding to the drama, yet he was able to sneak by on the penul­ti­mate lap as Green­sall ran wide at Wood­cote, for­tu­nately avoid­ing fur­ther dam­age to the car, whose nose had been re­mod­elled by con­tact with Vögele’s GTO off the line.

Satur­day’s ac­tion kicked off with the Ford­wa­ter Tro­phy for pre-1955 road­go­ing sports/gt cars. Pole­man Sam Tord­off (Porsche 356) fell to last place at the start, leav­ing Dar­ren Turner (As­ton DB2) to get the bet­ter of David Franklin (Fer­rari 225S) and Stu­art Gra­ham (Jaguar XK120), but BTCC ace Tord­off fought back to claim an im­pres­sive se­cond be­hind Franklin.

The St Mary’s Tro­phy, this year for 1960-’66 sa­loons, is al­ways a fan favourite. In the first race, fea­tur­ing a num­ber of star driv­ers, reign­ing BTCC champ Ash Sut­ton’s Lo­tus Cortina was swal­lowed off pole by the sim­i­lar car of Huff, and Matt Neal’s Stude­baker Lark Day­tona 500. Huff’s great start proved too good to be true, how­ever, earn­ing him a 10-se­cond penalty.

The fierce bat­tle con­tin­ued un­til the che­quer, with Neal and Sut­ton joined by the Corti­nas of Pirro and Andy Pri­aulx, who slipped past to take the win from Neal, with An­drew Jor­dan a bril­liant third af­ter a tech­ni­cal­ity meant his Cortina had to start from the back.

Own­ers and ‘am­a­teurs’ were driv­ing for race two, and Mike Jor­dan took the lead from pole in Howard Don­ald’s Lo­tus Cortina ahead of Roger Wills’ hard-charg­ing Mer­cury Comet Cy­clone, which slipped back af­ter a hairy trip across the grass. The race was red­flagged af­ter just seven min­utes, when Dun­can Pit­t­away’s Ply­mouth Bar­racuda thumped the chi­cane.

Jor­dan was swamped at the restart, with Am­bro­gio Per­fetti’s Cortina lead­ing into Madg­wick as Nick Swift’s Mini ral­ly­crossed around the out­side, fol­lowed by 19-year-old Olivier Hart (Alfa GTA) who soon took the lead. An­other big shunt, this time with Peter Cham­bers bar­rel-rolling his Cortina at St Mary’s, led to the field be­ing bunched up be­hind the safety car, but Hart re­tained the lead when rac­ing re­sumed and took a crowd-pleas­ing vic­tory from the Mer­cury and Steve Soper’s Cortina – with third enough to se­cure an ag­gre­gate win for Soper/pri­aulx.

The Good­wood Tro­phy drew a su­perb pre-war sin­gle-seater grid, with nine ERAS and a re­mark­able set of Maser­atis. The Ret­ten­maier broth­ers al­ways bring some­thing spe­cial, and this year they united 8CLT 3031 and 8CL 3035 for the

first time since the In­di­anapo­lis 500 in ’53. Tom Dark made a rapid start from the front row to take an early lead in the Bu­gatti Type 73C, which never raced in pe­riod, and his oily wake caused may­hem be­hind as Chris­tian Gläsel and Matt Grist’s Alfa Romeo Tipo Bs plus Dun­can Rick­etts’ ERA E-type spun off at La­vant. As Dark slowed, Calum Lockie’s Maserati 6CM and Mark Gil­lies in ERA R3A fought hard on the slip­pery track, but af­ter swap­ping the lead sev­eral times the Maser fin­ished just 0.4 secs ahead.

There was an­other en­thralling, race-long bat­tle in the in­au­gu­ral Jack Sears Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for cars of a type that con­tested the 1958 Bri­tish Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship, this time be­tween the Mk1 Jags of Justin Law, John Young and Grant Wil­liams. In true tour­ing­car style there was much in­ci­dent through­out the field, and lots of side­ways ac­tion from Wil­liams, who was third be­hind Law and win­ner Young. Sears’ cham­pi­onship­win­ning Austin A105, driven by Nick Jarvis, was the fi­nal fin­isher.

Huff was back for the 25-minute, eardrum-split­ting Whit­sun Tro­phy for pre-’66 sports-pro­to­types, this time in a Lo­tus-oldsmo­bile 19, and he snatched the lead from se­cond on the grid. Mike Whi­taker (Lola T70) got past on lap two and held on for his first Whit­sun win while Turner (Hamill-chevro­let SR3) caught Huff and man­aged to pass at Wood­cote to fin­ish se­cond.

Satur­day’s fi­nal race was the 20-minute Fred­die March Me­mo­rial Tro­phy, for cars in the spirit of the Good­wood Nine Hour races. Mar­tin Hunt (Hwm-jaguar) surged into the lead from pole, from Richard Woolmer (Hwm­cadil­lac) and Dar­ren Mcwhirter (Lagonda V12), the lat­ter in pur­suit of his fifth Fred­die March vic­tory. A col­li­sion leav­ing a car ma­rooned at La­vant brought out the safety car, and when it came in it was Hunt, Mcwhirter, Woolmer into Madg­wick – and that’s how it fin­ished, de­spite Mcwhirter strug­gling with fad­ing brakes.

Sun­day opened with a For­mula Ju­nior con­test, the Chich­ester Cup, where An­drew Hib­berd (Lo­tus 22) rock­eted off pole pur­sued by Cameron Jack­son (Brab­ham BT2). Nick Fen­nell’s stranded Lo­tus 27 drew an­other spell be­hind the safety car, and when rac­ing recom­menced Jack­son stuck it down the in­side at Madg­wick to take the lead. There was an­other mo­ment for Hib­berd when Michael O’brien (Lo­tus 22) mounted his rear tyre out of the chi­cane, but Hib­berd held on and sliced past Jack­son at Wood­cote on the penul­ti­mate lap, win­ning the race a decade af­ter his fa­ther had done the same.

The safety car was back out in the Richmond and Gor­don Tro­phies for 1954-’60 GP cars, when oil on the track caused sev­eral spin­ners. At the restart, Nick Pad­more (Lo­tus 16) had the ad­van­tage from early leader Will Nuthall (Cooper T53), but Nuthall was able to seize vic­tory when Pad­more missed a gear at La­vant, just a few cor­ners from home. There was an im­pres­sive fifth for Ben Mitchell in the fas­ci­nat­ing BRM Type 48, mak­ing its de­but and still sport­ing its orig­i­nal mag­ne­sium body and un­usual rear trans­mis­sion brake.

The Blue Riband RAC TT Cel­e­bra­tion, for closed-cock­pit GTS, was a fine spec­ta­cle. David Hart (Co­bra) led from pole, but nudged the chi­cane and earned a fivesec­ond penalty in a move he later de­scribed as “a lit­tle greedy”. Fol­low­ing the driver changes, how­ever, son Olivier soared to vic­tory with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance, set­ting the fastest lap on his fi­nal tour. Be­hind, af­ter the Mar­tin Stret­ton/karsten Le Blanc Co­bra faded, and fol­low­ing re­tire­ments for the Oliver Bryant/an­drew Smith Co­bra and Huff/meins E-type, the Min­shaw/keen ‘semi-light­weight’ E-type was se­cond. Triple Le Mans win­ner An­dré Lot­terer (Co­bra) was pipped to the fi­nal podium spot by Mike Jor­dan’s TVR Grif­fith.

In a cap­ti­vat­ing race-long bat­tle, Joe Co­lasacco’s epic-sound­ing Fer­rari 1512 came from sixth to pip Andy Mid­dle­hurst’s Lo­tus 25 in the Glover Tro­phy for 1961-’65 rearengined GP cars. Be­hind them, a last-lap move around the out­side took Jon Mil­ice­vic (LDS) to third from Ti­mothy De Silva (Lo­tus 24).

To round off a meet­ing where many felt they had seen some of the best rac­ing in the event’s two decades, it was fit­ting that the Sus­sex Tro­phy for 1955-’60 sports cars closed the week­end in style. Pole-sit­ter Keen started from the pits in the Lis­ter ‘Knob­bly’, be­fore scyth­ing through the field to chal­lenge Wills (Lo­tus 15) for the lead with two laps re­main­ing. A mis­take from Wills on the penul­ti­mate lap let Keen through for a fairy­tale vic­tory. Be­hind, Sam Han­cock (Fer­rari 246S) over­steered his way around the cir­cuit, bat­tling with Bryant (Lo­tus 15) who even­tu­ally pipped him to the podium.

It was a fit­ting end to a won­der­ful fes­ti­val of mo­tor­sport, warmed by late-sum­mer sun, with Turner a pop­u­lar Driver of the Meet­ing af­ter scoop­ing his maiden Re­vival win.

Main: breath­tak­ing Kin­rara Tro­phy grid roars into the evening, headed by win­ning Fer­rari ‘Bread­van’. Be­low, left-right: Pit­t­away’s big Ply­mouth strikes chi­cane; Olivier Hart was an RAC TT star in dad David’s Co­bra

Rob­bie Walker, son of Rob, leads trib­ute in his fa­ther’s old De­la­haye

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