Revival gets no faster than the pre-1966 big-banger sports prototypes that make the ground shake when they take to the circuit for the Whitsun Trophy, the racing finale on Saturday 12 September.
In 2014 Jay Esterer in his Chinook-Chevrolet Mk2 (which you can see in our Goodwood Greats Gallery here) set fastest lap of the meeting with a 1:19.369. That’s a second faster than the (never to be officially beaten) circuit lap record set jointly by Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart in their F1 cars in 1965.
Jay eventually came home third after a tussle with the Lola T70 of second place man David Hart. And in first place last year? That was Chris Goodwin in the Chevy-powered McLaren M1B. Chris, McLaren Automotive’s development driver, came home 17-seconds ahead of the field in the actual car raced by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in period. You can get a taste of the close action (and the spins!) from our video highlights (though, sorry, there’s no commentary or engine noise) by clicking here.
For 2015 all the big names, both cars and drivers, are back for more. The thundering V8s, more at home on the Can-Am circuits and the Mulsanne Straight than Madgwick, include an amazing rollcall of greats: Ford GT40s, Coopers (Ford, Chevy and Maserati powered), Ford-engined Lotus and Crossle as well as the Lolas and McLarens that make up half the 30-car grid.
And of course Chris Goodwin is back in the McLaren M1B. Who will give him a hard time this year? Perhaps one of the six (!) GT40s taking part?
You’ll hear ‘em coming!
Photography by Drew Gibson