The 80th Members’ Meeting presented by Audrain Motorsport really did have it all. The earliest, most visceral and simplistic machines dating back to 1905 in the S.F. Edge Trophy, the most brutal and savage racing prototypes of the 1960s in the Gurney Cup, the rough and roaring Group A tintops of the Gordon Spice Trophy. But there was also a bit of space in the weekend for something a little more svelte. The weekend’s dose of sleek and beautiful ‘50s sportscars came in the form of the Salvadori Cup, and it was worth its weight in gold.
Video: 2023 Salvadori Cup full race | 80MM
Featuring a grid of Lister Knobblys, Lotus 15s, Maserati 300Ss, the legendary Tojeiro, a couple of Ferrari 250 TRs and more, the entire field was a delightful feast of curves, swoops and contours. It made for quite a sight as they all converged on Madgwick for the first time.
The story of the race revolved around a Cooper T49 ‘Monaco’. It started at the back of the grid, but proceeded to absolutely rocket through the pack, making up to tenth place by the end of the opening lap, showing an incredible turn of pace. A couple of minutes later, the Cooper was up to fifth, and about to join the lead battle, which incidentally was also a cracker.
With four cars all with a shout of victory, you just knew this was going to get spicy, and following a brief safety car period, the resumption proved to be just that. The Cooper ‘Monaco’ was sent onto the grass on the exit of Lavant, and then almost into the pit wall as he tried to recover a podium place. The chaos continued into the final lap and ensured the Salvadori Cup would be one of the more memorable races at this year’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting.
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