The honour of the first sub-minute time for the 1.16-mile hill went to Danish Baron Otto Reedtz-Thott in his nimble Lotus 23. Frank Sytner posted a second class win in the Bamford ex-Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 250GTO/64, and Simon Draper took his second class win in his Project 214 Aston Martin in the over 3-litre TT Car category.
The pre-1954 F1 and Formule Libre class was probably the most keenly anticipated, and it did not disappoint with Willie Green giving a masterful display in Carol Spagg's 158/159 Alfetta in its first competitive outing since being traded by the factory and subsequently rebuilt by Carol and Mike Poberejsky. To crown it all, Nick Mason took fourth FTD in that class with his V16 BRM – nobody slept while they were running.
Tony Merrick was another class winner in ERA ‘R1A’ as was Nigel Corner in his ex-Fangio '57 Monaco GP-winning Maserati 250F. Willie Green then set official FTD overall in Cedric Selzer's ex-van der Vyver Lotus 18.
The Earl of March Trophy for 500cc F3 cars was won by Ewan Cameron, who, with only one run in his Mk11Cooper, demolished the opposition while quickest motorcyclist was Ian Lawton with his 1966 Aermacchi.
We included a class for post-1966 F1 cars as a demonstration, to illustrate Goodwood's popularity as a test-track. Such mouth-watering machines as Matt Aitken's ex-Johansson Ferrari 156 Turbo, Lorina McLaughlin's ex-James Hunt McLaren M23 and Ron Dennis making his debut in a McLaren M14A graced the weekend. However, it was Green (Surtees TS20) who set the pace once more with an outright FTD of 56.34s, illustrating the tight confines of the course. Jonathan Palmer then served notice of how much road car technology has advanced by climbing just 0.01s slower in the McLaren F1 hypercar.
But for us – disappointment of the day was our old mate Denis Jenkinson, ‘Jenks’ of Motor Sport, for whom we had invented a class designed to give him a win there – a class for solo motorcycle riders over 70 years of age and under 5-foot 4 inches in height. And d’you know what? The daft old devil was beaten into second place by Arthur Wheeler.
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