As is often the way of these things, I was rummaging about in the library this morning hunting for something entirely different – in fact some information upon the prototype new Aston Martins to run in the first post-war Le Mans 24-Hour race, when I happened across something completely different – but, for me (and hopefully for us) at least equally interesting.
In ‘The Autocar’ magazine of February 18, 1949, former ‘Bentley Boy’ Sammy Davis – writing under his familiar pseudonym ‘Casque’ – led his weekly column on ‘The Sport’ with the headline ‘Major Improvements at Goodwood’.
His story read as follows: “The B.A.R.C. (and how hard it is going to be to shake off the J.C.C. habit*) have not been letting the grass grow under their feet at Goodwood this winter. Large grandstands are in course of being erected opposite the starting area, in the main enclosures, with a further stand about two-thirds of the way along the north straight, i.e. that leading to the final corner, and yet another on the first corner of all. Incidentally, to facilitate identification the various sections and hazards of the circuit have been named. For example, the straight immediately beyond the start and finish line becomes the Finishing Straight, the first corner is Madgwick Corner, the left-hand sweep at the east side of the course is St Mary’s Corner, this being followed by the right-angled Lavant Corner, after which comes the Lavant (North) Straight, while the final turn – a little confusingly in view of Silverstone – is Woodcote Corner.”
The story was accompanied by this map: