Nestling quietly in the pit garages behind the Jackie Stewart Pavilion are some of the most recognisable and fastest racing cars ever made.
Before the chicanes were installed on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans, some of these ‘low-drag’ prototypes were hitting almost 250mph, and today we get to see them circulating the fast, sweeping Goodwood circuit in a live demonstration.
The cars are surrounded by race-goers all eager to get a close-up of such iconic machines as the Rothmans-liveried Porsche 956 which completed the podium clean-sweep for the legendary Stuttgart concern at Le Mans in 1982 and with it heralded an era of Porsche domination in endurance racing. Not far away are another 956, a 962, and a stunning Martini-liveried 917 ‘Longtail’, not only making a rare public appearance in the paddock but also scheduled to take part in the demonstration runs.
The Martini theme continues with the gorgeous Lancia LC2, whilst the Silk Cut-liveried Jaguar XJR9s stir up memories of Jaguar’s endurance racing heritage.
Much anticipation is also evident for the running of the Matra MS670B – considered by some to be one of the finest-sounding competition cars ever. Add to these a supporting cast including the Aston Martin Nimrod, Alpine-Renault A441, and the stunning Ferrari 512 BBLM, and the fever surrounding the running of these cars at Goodwood is understandable.
At 1350 this afternoon the waiting will be over and Goodwood will finally see an impressive field of Le Mans legends circulating at speed, and all in the glorious West Sussex sunshine!