There’s no other way of putting it, we are now officially being spoiled rotten. After yesterday’s visit of the Shelby American Daytona Cobra, which stomped around the circuit all day long in the wet with Nicolas Minassian at the helm, today has continued in a similar vein.
Although we’ve not been able to top the spectacle of the first of the six Shelby Daytonas anticipated to be at the Revival, (nor have we had the appalling weather!) BTCC stars Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden have turned up to keep Mike and Andrew Jordan company. Both pairs were here with their Lotus Cortinas and the anticipated duel between the two in the St Mary’s Trophy race promises to be a meeting highlight. We’ll back up this assertion with some video footage in due course, but trust us, both pairings were well and truly on it.
Having said that, if either has plans to win the race outright they’re going to have to get past Bill Shepherd’s fearsome Ford Galaxie. The seven litre behemoth is similar to the car that won the British Saloon Car Championship in the hands of Jack Sears in 1963 and in recent years has proved extremely hard to beat. Will Shedden and Neal be able to keep the big Ford honest, or will the anticipated battle between the two allow it to disappear up the road? For that matter, will Nick Swift have something to say about proceedings in his screaming Mini?
Saving what just might turn out to be the best (or at least, fastest) until last, how about the rapid Henry Mann in his equally rapid Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt? Mr Mann turned up rather late in the day in the car which shares its seven litre V8 with the Galaxie, but weighs in at slightly less …
We’ll have more about the Thunderbolt very soon, but for now take in the superb photography of today’s goings on at Goodwood and reflect upon the fact that we just might be in for one of the best St Mary’s Trophy races for a while.
Gallery at top of page.
Photography by Tom Shaxson