This weekend also sees Goodwood pay tribute to Ferrari’s 70 years of production under its own name at Maranello, the wondrous ‘Formula Ford’ years of Formula 1 with the Cosworth-Ford DFV V8 engines as introduced so sensationally when Jim Clark won the 1967 Dutch GP on debut in the brand-new Lotus 49 – while team-mate Graham Hill led the race and set fastest lap. No fewer than six Type 49s will be present.
We also celebrate the Brooklands Motor Course’s great past, by reuniting the surviving 1.5LS supercharged Delage straight-8s which dominated the pioneering ‘Grands Prix de l’Angleterre’ there in 1926-27. We celebrate Williams history, and that of nine-times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and the Dunlop family. Watch out for Martin Viessman’s privately-owned ex-Colin Crabbe 1937 Mercedes-Benz W125 Grand Prix car – 80th anniversary where these 5.44-litre supercharged straight-8s are concerned.
Other cars to see range from Audi’s Quattro RS002 (the unraced Group S rally car), through the Dallenbach PVA Special, the Indianapolis Cummins Diesel Special, the ex-Jim Clark 1967 Vollstedt-Ford that he road-raced at Riverside, California, original-owner Allen Grant with his never-raced Lola-Ford Mk6 GT, Porsche’s 911 RSR Targa winner, the freshly-rebuilt V16 BRM, Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell 003, the wonderful privately-built and run Connew (static only, but still the greatest underdog story in F1 history), the Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46B ‘Fan Car’, Williams FW14B making its FoS debut, Roger Penske’s fabulous ex-Mark Donohue/David Hobbs Ferrari 512M, and finally the Mahindra Formula E car which Nick Heidfeld is going to run against the clock. Eighteen years ago he set a shattering time for the hill-climb in his works Formula 1 McLaren – so the comparison will be fascinating. Enough excitement for one weekend?
Sure – but for me, co-driving Paul Vestey’s 1967 ex-Maranello Concessionaires-team Ferrari 275 GTB/C this weekend, it’s the 50-year-old Ferrari 330 P4 from that year which will really be the apple of my eye. Owned today by Laurence Stroll – whose son Lance did so wonderfully well to earn his podium place in the Baku GP last Sunday – this P4 is an old friend. We knew it well when it was owned for many years by David Clarke of the Leicester shoe-box company, having been presented to him by Enzo Ferrari as a thank-you for the support he’d provided for injured Ferrari works driver Michael Parkes after his career-wrecking injuries sustained in the 1967 Belgian GP at Spa.