Ironically, though, it was the ever-increasing pace of these cars and the doubling in size of F1 engines in 1966 that convinced Freddie March they were becoming too fast for his West Sussex circuit. They were, in many ways, its grand finale. The mix is still heady today, from the soon-to-be developed early Ford GT40s and Ferrari 250 LMs to the open-topped McLaren M1s and Lola T70 Spyders.
However, much of the delight of the Whitsun Trophy comes from the presence of other machines that used to race against the big boys, including Cooper Monacos and Crossles, but also including the trans-Atlantic Chinooks and Hamills. Jim Clark managed to win in a Lotus 30 in 1965, but it was an unloved car, described at the time as “a Lotus 20 with 10 more mistakes".
Photography by Jochen Van Cauwenberge