Most sadly, we’ve seen the passing of three great motor racing characters in recent weeks, each of them with close links – over many decades – to Goodwood. They were racing car designer, engineer, entrepreneur and businessman Robin Herd CBE, New Zealand racing mechanic and founder member of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Team Wally Willmott, and Jaguar’s chief test driver and sometime works team racing driver, Norman Dewis OBE.
Saying goodbye to legends: Norman Dewis, Wally Willmott and Robin Herd
Doug Nye began writing about racing cars at ‘Motor Racing’ magazine in 1963-64. Today he is a multiple award-winning motor sports journalist and author of over 50 years’ experience, with some 70 books to his name. He is Goodwood Motorsport’s founding Historian and consultant and fulfils similar roles for Bonhams Auctioneers and the Collier Collection/Revs Institute in Naples, FL, USA. He is a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council at Beaulieu, Hants, and is a regular columnist for ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, while contributing to many other specialist periodicals worldwide.