Former World Touring Car champion Rob Huff will break new ground at the Goodwood Revival as he becomes the first current professional racer to take part in the Goodwood Trophy.
Huff, 34, will drive Richard Last’s Parnell-MG, which contested the 1938 Donington Grand Prix, in the race for pre-1950 Formula Libre machinery. Among the 2012 WTCC champion’s rivals will be Alfa Romeos formerly raced by Raymond Sommer and Achille Varzi and ERAs once campaigned by Prince Bira and Dick Seaman.
His St Mary’s Trophy machine will be an Austin Westminster in the same specification as the car taken to the inaugural British Touring Car Championship crown by Jack Sears in 1958. He will contest part one of the event on Saturday.
The Westminster will be campaigned by Nick Naismith in part two of the event for 1950s production saloons on Sunday, with Huff aiming to go one better than in 2012, when he and Desmond Smail were second overall in an Austin A40 – Huff having won his part of the contest after an entertaining battle with Anthony Reid’s Jaguar.
The Cambridgeshire driver, who this year broke new ground by giving the unfashionable Lada squad its maiden World Touring Car Championship podium finish in Argentina, will round off his weekend by racing in the RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration in friend Richard Meins’ Jaguar E-type FHC.
The E-type – one of the four examples of the car built by Jaguar specifically for racing at the time of its launch in 1961 – has history at Goodwood, having finished sixth at the 1962 TT race in the hands of Dick Protheroe. Huff’s last outing in the TT Celebration resulted in a non-finish in a Sunbeam Lister Tiger last year.