The Ferrari Owners’ Club
of Great Britain

Postcard from the Goodwood Revival

01-10-2018

Report by Edward Brown, images by Edward Brown and Goodwood Motorsport

 

From 1948 until its closure in 1966 the former RAF Westhampnett, at the base of the Sussex Downs, was a prominent venue in global motor-sport. Opened by the current Duke of Richmond and Gordon’s grandfather its war-time contribution and that of its entrants and competitors is celebrated annually at the Revival.

This year’s paddock and circuit displays highlighted –

·         Seventy years of the Goodwood motor racing circuit and twenty years of the Revival

·         Platinum anniversary of the first British Grand Prix of the modern era.

·         Centenary of the Royal Air Force.

·         The seventieth anniversary of the British Transport Commission assuming control of the UK’s road and rail network infrastructure.

·         Sixty years since our former Club President, the late Jack Sears, won the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship  in his Austin A105 Westminster.

·         The Golden Jubilee of the all-action, Oscar and BAFTA award-winning movie “Bullitt”, co-produced by and starring the late Steve McQueen.

Blending cars, motorcycles, planes, fashion and culture with some of the globe’s best historic racing on two & four wheels, alongside a Bonhams auction and with more than 145,000+ attendees over the weekend (many in ’40s/’50s/’60s dress), it was undoubtedly a superb weekend, set against the enjoyable backdrop of the late summer sun.

The full entry list can be viewed here.

In the central paddock, where gentlemen are required to wear ties, competing cars were arranged by marque, including ERA, Maserati, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Ferrari. Attracting much attention was the children-only single marque entry (Austin J40 pedal car) for the annual Settrington Cup. The Earls Court Motor Show celebrated the cinematic achievements and automotive collection of the aforementioned Steve McQueen, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours presented one hundred years of the RAF, whilst the competing “Driver’s Club” was set against an authentic back-drop of “Wilks’s Farm” – the Anglesey-haven of former Chairman of the Rover Company and Land Rover designer, Maurice Wilks.

The on-track activity has received widespread coverage elsewhere but here were my highlights –

On-board with Martin Stretton, qualifying for the RAC Tourist Trophy

The Kinrara Trophy

Rob Walker Racing tribute

Founded in 1953 by heir to the Johnny Walker whisky company R.R.C. or “Rob” Walker had previously raced in the 1949 Le Mans, entering as a privateer in his beloved Delahaye 135 (complete with pinstripe suit!), before subsequently promising his fiancee that once married, he would quit racing and transition to team ownership.

Acknowledging his Scottish ancestry, he adopted the livery of dark blue accompanied by a white stripe across the nose of a car’s bodywork and is best known for his driver partnership and multiple successes with Sir Stirling Moss – scoring the first Grand Prix victory for a mid-engined car in a Cooper T51, the first Grand Prix win for Lotus with a Type 12, and overall victory in the ’60 & ‘61 Goodwood RAC Tourist Trophy in Ferrari 250 GT SWBs. Appropriately the Dorking, Surrey-based team also scored the very last GP win for a privateer with a Lotus 49 in the hands of Jo Siffert at the 1968 British Grand Prix.

Over the weekend, a thirty car demonstration was lead by the same Delahaye (still in Walker-family ownership and driven by son Robbie), the victorious 1958 Argentinian Grand Prix Cooper, the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix-winning Lotus and the two Ferrari 250 GT SWBs used to win the 1960 and 1961 RAC TTs at Goodwood … a fitting tribute to a team principal who once declared his occupation on his passport as a “gentleman”.

Dan Gurney (13/4/31-14/1/18)

Like many, the Duke of Richmond had long-admired the demeanour, capabilities and achievements of “Mr Versatile”. From his Long Island NYC-roots and Californian upbringing, Gurney achieved significant success across multiple motorsport categories on either side of the Atlantic over more than four decades. From a family of innovators he was the first to see the aerodynamic benefits of an upturned trailing-edge on the wing of a racecar, the first racer to wear a “full-face” helmet and to spray the champagne after the chequered flag…..which he first did having won the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hrs.

This innovative streak lead him to co-design and race a F1 car of his own construction – the 1966 Eagle MK1 (TG1) in which, with 3.0 litre Weslake-power, he became only the third competitor to win a Grand Prix (1967 Belgian GP) in a self-designed/built chassis….not forgetting his CanAm, Ferrari sports-car or earlier drag-racing successes.

Alongside Mario Andretti and more recently Juan-Pablo Montoya, Gurney is one of just three drivers to have achieved race victories in four motorsport disciplines – NASCAR, Indycar, F1 and Sports-cars. A father of six, his sons Justin and Alex supported Dan as Team Principal of All-American-Racers (AAR Eagle), achieving multiple Championship successes in CART (the forerunner of Indycar) and IMSA, whilst Toyota-powered AAR’s won the blue-riband Daytona 24Hrs and Sebring 12 Hrs.

Sadly Dan “took his final checker” in January this year and to mark his life and achievements an inscription of “Viva Gurney” had been painted onto the Goodwood circuit tarmac, ahead of the start-line and fittingly the weekend’s tribute was led by his good friends and contemporaries, Sir Jackie Stewart and Derek Bell.

Awards:

Settrington Cup:

Winner
Part 1 – Callum McWhirter
Part 2 – Harry Dark
Overall – Harry Dark

Freddie March Spirit of Aviation:

Winner – 1943 Supermarine Spitfire, Mk IXb MH434(http://www.mh434.com/history/) – Sarah Hanna
2nd – 1939 Westland Lysander – John Romain
3rd– 1943 Bristol Blenheim – John Romain

Fastest lap by a lady driver/rider: Sharon Adelman – Brabham-Ford BT6, Chichester Cup, 1:35.408 89.80mph 

Fastest lap of the meeting: Karun Chandhok – McLaren-Chevrolet M1A, Whitsun Trophy 1:20,238, 106.78mph

Fastest lap on two wheels: Troy Corser – 1929 BMW R57 Compressor 1:32.927

Will Hoy Memorial Trophy (for the best drive in a closed cockpit car): Niklas Halusa, Ferrari Breadvan in the Kinrara Trophy

Spirit of Goodwood Award: John Bladon and his team, who went above and beyond to get their car to the startline of the Whitsun Trophy. The gearbox broke on the car during qualifying, but having found a spare one via fellow McLaren-Chevrolet owner Anthony Taylor in Lancashire, a mechanic was sent to collect it – the small matter of a 600-mile round trip. He returned to Goodwood at 2am on Saturday morning, the team fitted the gearbox during the morning, and then driver Karun Chandhok set the fastest lap of the weekend. 

Rolex Driver of the Meeting: Darren Turner

Full Results are on https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/183665

[For more pictures from Goodwood go to our Flickr page]