AUG 24th 2015

Revival 2015 race preview ‑ Glover Trophy

2014 Glover Trophy

Few motor races offer such public demonstrations of supreme skill and bravery as the Glover Trophy. Formula 1 cars of the first half of the 1960s weren’t, after all, the easiest – or safest – of beasts…

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In period, the Glover Trophy was one of the races that defined the history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. It was a non-championship race for F1 cars, and always attracted a top class field, especially among British teams and drivers. All the big names of the day took part, driving for teams including Lotus, BRM, Brabham and Cooper. The European teams also made occasional visits – Stirling Moss winning in a works Maserati 250F in 1956, and Mike Hawthorn in a Ferrari 246 Dino in 1958.

For the Revival’s Glover Trophy, the focus is on the beautiful cigar-shaped racers of the 1961-65 period. This was a new era of motor racing: the front-engined monsters had gone, and the new designs represented a high-water mark of elegance and light weight, powered by jewel-like (and spine-tinglingly loud) 1.5-litre V8 engines. Today these cars – many of which raced at Goodwood in period – sound and look as good as ever, and the racing is still just as close…

2014 Glover Trophy Lotus

Last year we had what was widely regarded as the most exciting latterday Glover Trophy race, complete with spins, a coming together at the chicane, a safety car period, and ultimately a fourth successive win for Andy Middlehurst in the Classic Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 25 – but only after he snatched the lead at the very last corner. You can see the video highlights here

Middlehurst is back this year, aiming to make it five wins on the trot. But with a full grid of Lotuses, BRMs, Brabhams, Lolas and Coopers looking to knock him of his pedestal, he certainly won’t have it all his own way. In particular James King in the Brabham-Climax BT7 – the actual car used by Dan Gurney to win the 1964 French and Mexican Grands Prix – will be out to pip his rival this year as he so nearly did in 2014.

2014 Glover Trophy

If modern F1 is not for you, why not try this time-warp of an F1 race, harking back to an era of motor racing where skill and bravery counted for everything, and the air was full of excitement, glamour and, yes, plenty of poignancy too. The goosebumps will start to rise as soon as the flag drops for the 20-minute race on the afternoon of Sunday 13 September, the penultimate event on this year’s Revival calendar.

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