Like the GT40, there are at least two other Fords without which, ideally, nobody should attempt to hold an historic race meeting. One is the Lotus Cortina, an example of which we’ve already shared being driven at a furious pace by BTCC star Gordon Shedden and the other is today’s example; a Ford Galaxie 500.
Despite American cars having something of a reputation in the UK for wayward handling, it was way back in 1963 that Jack Sears won the British Saloon Car Championship (later to become the BTCC) in a car similar to the one you see here driven by ‘Mr Mustang’ Bill Shepherd. That year Mini Coopers, Jaguar MkIIs and Cortinas (driven by the likes of Jim Clark, Dan Gurney, Jack Brabham and Sir John Whitmore) weren’t quick enough to beat the massive Ford over a full season’s racing. Over the next nine years the championship was to be won by American cars on three more occasions.
The fast, flowing nature of the Goodwood circuit suits the Galaxie’s long wheelbase and 500+ bhp rather well. Consider also that its owner, Mr Shepherd, is rather handy at pedaling it and that this year he will be paired up again with Jochen Mass and you can see how much of a threat this behemoth is to the competition.
Mr Mass will be sharing the driving again this year, although in the footage you see here the owner is at the wheel. We’d opine that he’s doing a fine job, but having seen the footage of the aforementioned Mr Shedden in the Cortina, will it be fast enough? Then again there’s Henry Mann and Tom Kristensen in the powerful and (relatively) lightweight Fairlane Thunderbolt and of course Nick Swift and Karun Chandhok in the former’s Mini.
We’ve said it before and we’re going to say it again: This year’s St Mary’s Trophy races promise to be worth the admission fee alone. Roll on the 12th and the 13th!