But I think it is the sustained speed and commitment required to be competitive that create the extra buzz, and the fact that the track is exactly as it was in 1966 - with limited run off – so respect is required. Even in an FIA historic Mini, racing in the Whitmore Cup at the 74th Members Meeting last month, my average speed on a quick lap (1:33) was 91mph when I was on the pace, and that includes a second-gear chicane.
In my Cooper S, it’s all about keeping momentum. I take a deep breath before going into Madgwick in 4th and again just before turning in for the first part of St Mary's: this is the fastest bit of the track in a Mini and you approach it at 120mph and over 8,000 revs.
At this year’s Members' Meeting the pre-66 saloon race was for under 2-litre cars: Lotus Cortinas, Alfa GTAs, BMWs and 10 other Cooper Ss. With all the cars running on Dunlop historic rubber the attitude of all the cars is just fantastic: four-wheel drifting, sliding at over 100mph. In qualifying I had to catch myself and concentrate on getting a good lap time rather than just enjoying the action from the best spot at the circuit.
Competitors included Nick Swift, Nick Padmore, the current Goodwood lap record holder, WTCC Champion Rob Huff (and that’s just the Minis) and perhaps the best touring car driver in history, Steve Soper, in the quickest Cortina out there – the one Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden came second in at the Revival last September.