Splashing up muddy hills in a trials car to spearing an F3 Chevron through Goodwood’s fast corners… it’s quite a jump, but nothing to phase one of the new faces in the Derek Bell Cup at the 74th Members’ Meeting this year, Martyn Halliday.
GRR caught up with Martyn at the first 74MM test day at the Motor Circuit this week – his first time out at Goodwood in his recently acquired B15C, a one-off version of the last B15 Chevron made in 1969 with modified suspension and Lockheed brakes.
‘I have not raced at Goodwood before – I haven’t done a track day here for eight years. This is my first single-seater, the car is completely new to me, and we had a lot of drama last night when we discovered a cracked rear caliper. So it’s all a learning curve but I think it will be fun… when I have calmed down.’
Martyn is not without race experience, however, on both two wheels and four, and as well as competing in the Historic Sporting Trials Association series has until recently been campaigning a Lotus 23, the car he swapped for the Chevron B15C in a deal at the end of last year.
How does he find his historic F3 machine?
‘I have been driving it around this morning just to get a feel for it,’ he told us. ‘First impressions are that… I have never driven anything that needs so many revs. It’s all very different from driving a historic trials car up a muddy hill! But it’s a very nice little car.’
Photography by Tom Shaxson