No such worries now, however, and after a packed year of historic action – including both the Le Mans Classic and the Mille Miglia – Mitch is looking forward to making his racing debut at Goodwood. The test day was the first time he had driven the circuit.
“The car handled the circuit well, but as a first-timer here I am still getting used to it. I am 12 seconds faster than my first lap so it’s going in the right direction. The car tops out at about 120mph down the straight but I think we will go to a slightly lower diff for the race. With the 1939 Mille Miglia 328 and some Frazer Nashes it’s going to be a competitive group. I might not be the fastest out there but the car will be the prettiest!”
Indeed, few prewar two-seater sports are as pretty as the 328, a car which has been acclaimed as one of the greatest 25 cars of the 20th century. And with its refinement and perfect manners, it is just as suited to cruising the lanes as it is taking on the circuit. As Mitch found out…
“We took it for a good English pub crawl around the back lanes. Wendy (Mitch’s wife) says it was a lot more comfortable from the passenger seat than a grand prix car, and we found some great pubs. It was the first time I had ever had a beer at 10 in the morning!”
Photography by Tom Shaxson