It’s a good question, isn’t it? There are many well-known names associated with the Goodwood Revival; Le Mans legend Derek Bell, Adrian Newey, Kenny Brack, the late Gerry Marshall, not to mention house captains Nic Minassian, Anthony Reid, Emanuele Pirro, and Jochen Mass.
However, all of those names have something in common; which is that, somewhat surprisingly, none of them are in the top five in terms of overall race wins. So, with the countdown underway to the 2014 Revival meeting we thought we’d take a look at the competitors who take-up those top five places. We’ll confess that none of us guessed who is at number one!
In fifth place with five wins each are motorcycle racer Duncan Fitchett, journalist Mark Hales, classic car collector and racer Julian Majzub, the late great Barry Sheene and Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams. In fourth place with six wins are former GT racer and Le Mans participant Peter Hardman, celebrated historic racer Ludovic Lindsay, and former BTCC champion Frank Sytner. In third place with eight wins is former works Porsche driver and Le Mans winner Richard Attwood, and in second place with 11 wins is Jaguar and Ferrari specialist Gary Pearson.
Figured out who’s in top spot yet? We’ll give you a clue; he’s not European or American, and has never even raced a car at Goodwood…
Still not got it? Neither did we to be honest, but at top spot is Australian motorcycling hero Wayne Gardner. The former 500cc world champion has amassed a remarkable 13 wins at the Revival. Between 2003 (when the Lennox Cup became known as the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy in Sheene’s honour) he won 12 out of the 14 races (two per meeting) and was nigh-on unbeatable despite being in a highly competitive field.
But the great Aussie can’t go on forever. Who would your money be on to surpass his 13 wins?