Goodwood is an extremely busy place to be right now. It’s rarely a sleepy scene here, but what with the world’s finest historic race meeting just a fortnight away and preparations in full-swing, you can see how space is somewhat on the tight side.
So, to complete the picture imagine seeing the majority of the three Goodwood paddocks crammed with cars for another day of Revival testing. Walking through you spot the ‘CUT 7’ E-Type, Nick Swift’s improbably rapid Mini, the Ferrari 250 GT ‘Breadvan’, AC Cobras, Lotus Cortinas… and was that an HWM-Cadillac?
It’s a car spotter’s dream, so much so that it doesn’t strike you straight away that some of the drivers look a tad familiar. So far today we have spotted Andy Priaulx, Mike Conway, Darren Turner, Sam Tordoff, Ollie Bryant, Karun Chandhok, Steve Soper and Mark Blundell, all of whom have given up their day to spend some time with the owners of the cars they’re racing and get to work on the set-ups in search of that elusive tenth of a second.
Interestingly, all of those names have one thing in common: all will be taking part in the St Mary’s Trophy two-part race. Last week of course we had the pleasure of BTCC stars Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden and Andrew and Mike Jordan testing their Lotus Cortinas alongside Bill Shepherd’s brutal seven litre Ford Galaxie and Henry Mann’s similarly-engined Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt (more on that car later). We had a hunch that the St Mary’s races were going to be hotly contested and so far all the signs are that it’s going to be exactly that.
All we need to do now is sneak out of the office for long enough to see who’s setting the hot times… More to come!
Photography by Ben Miles