And there were shunts, too, of course.
Among them the loudest when Alan Brown’s Galaxie – two tons of fun on straining Dunlops – suffered a front puncture and hit the Madgwick bank during practice for the 1964 St Mary’s Trophy.
‘The vast American car rolled over and over with a crashing and banging, the like of which had never before been heard on the West Sussex circuit,’ reported Motor Sport. ‘It finished up on its wheels rather the worse for wear and Brabham undid his safety harness and stepped out unmarked.’ He appeared completely unfazed. More than can be said for several ashen-faced spectators.
And then there was the big one at the 1999 Revival, a backwards impact in the McCaw Collection’s McLaren M5A-BRM that landed him in hospital overnight for the first time in his career: a bang on the bonce, bust ribs and bruised lungs.
The final occasion remains the only race for 3-litre F1s at Goodwood. Fifty years ago it banned them, fearful of their speed, and the track’s final international race, the Sunday Mirror Trophy, was held for 1-litre F2s instead. Denny Hulme’s Brabham-Honda set pole and fastest lap, but it was his boss who took the victory – the first of many that season.
The year 1966 was one in which Brabham became a triple world champion – the first driver to take the title in a car bearing his own name – and won no fewer than 10 F2 races in Europe. It was also the year that Goodwood’s original iteration closed its doors to the public.
The testing continued in private, of course – and the Jack Brabham legacy grew: racing sons Geoff, Gary and David all had their first UK taste of a racing car at Goodwood.
From heap to neat.
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