Great anniversary of probably the most famous classic car race in the world. Twenty years ago, the Duke of Richmond had brought the Goodwood Motor Circuit back to life. The hype about it is bigger than ever. Cars and racers celebrate the good old days of racing in front of an audience in historical clothing. The cars on the racetrack are among the most valuable in the world – but they are not spared.
For example: the Kinrara Trophy, a one-hour, two-driver race for pre ’63 GT cars, comprised a grid worth in excess of £200m. Two Ferrari 250 GTOs, nine 250 GT SWBs and four Aston Martin DB4 GTs up against Jaguar E-types and AC Cobras. Niklas Halusa and five times Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro in the Breadvan Ferrari 250 GT scored a thrilling head-to-head race in the Jaguar E-Type with John Minshaw and Phil Keen, with Ferrari taking the lead by five seconds.
Mike Whittaker claimed a convincing victory in the Whitsun Trophy race for pre-1966 unlimited sports cars on Saturday afternoon in his open-cockpit, ex-John Surtees/Graham Hill Lola T70.
Star during the early running was Australian legend, Troy Corser, who was sharing a 1929 BMW R57 Kompressor with the motorcycle’s owner, Herbert Schwab. Despite riding a bike that was considerably older than most machines competing in the race, the abnormally brave Corser was in the lead inside four laps and stretched his advantage until handing over the reins with just over ten minutes left to run.
Andy Priaulx emerged victorious after a frenetic St. Mary’s Trophy race, although fellow former World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff was first on the road as they crossed the line. Huff blasted off the front row once the flag dropped, but he was a bit too eager and received a ten- second penalty for his trouble. Without pits-to-car radio, Huff was unaware of this, and in the early stages battled mightily with fellow Lotus Cortina man Ash Sutton and Matt Neal in the 4.4- litre Studebaker Lark Daytona 500.
Darren Turner claimed a fantastic Fordwater Trophy win on Saturday morning. The works Aston Martin star appropriately claimed honours aboard Peter Kappeler’s Aston DB2, but star of the race was Porsche 356 man, Sam Tordoff. The pole-sitter fluffed the start and was swamped by the entire field which prompted an epic comeback drive during the 20-minute encounter.
Former British Hillclimb Champion David Franklin lead early on in Arnold Meier’s Ferrari 225S Vignale Berlinette, but his lead lasted only a half a lap before he had a grassy excursion. Veteran charger Stuart Graham then assumed the lead aboard Guy Harman’s blisteringly quick Jaguar XK120. Turner, however, worked his way past on the third lap and was never headed. Tordoff, however, was the fastest man on track, and had moved up from last place to ninth inside seven minutes in his Porsche 356 coupé. He lost a little time while attempting to lap Guy Loveridge’s Connaught, but the British Touring Car Championship ace had moved up to third place going into the final lap. This soon became second, but Turner was too far up the road to be denied victory, though.
The elated winner accepted the garlands and said: “I love racing the Aston and have finally won at Goodwood. I couldn’t be happier.”