Last week we brought you a selection of Christmas goodies to really ramp up that festive fever – the sort of things to fall back on when the endless TV repeats and the mother-in-law have driven you crazy.
Well, we’ve found some more that really didn’t deserve to be kept in the dark.
Remember, too, that we’ve got a whole selection of Goodwood gear for the race fan in your life at http://www.goodwood.com/shop. Everything’s available all year round, of course, but now’s the time to snap up something to be shown off at the Members’ Meeting in just over three months.
The plastic-model king’s latest retro 1:20-scale Grand Prix car to have had the re-release treatment is the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 from the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix. In typical Tamiya fashion, the detail is superb – don’t forget Adrian Newey learnt how F1 cars were built via a childhood Tamiya addiction – and you can choose between the Jody Scheckter car (3) or the second-placed Patrick Depailler (4) version for your miniature replica of F1’s wackiest racer.
Due for release on December 18th, the two-disc review of a new dawn of F1 racing with the sport’s fastest-ever cars, if not the prettiest or best-sounding, covers the season in full and dramatic detail, capturing the key moments of Lewis Hamilton’s fourth Drivers’ Championship title. There’s action-aplenty, interviews and on-board footage and, as usual, it’s the definitive look-back on the Grand Prix year.
World Rally Championship – £16.99
The top tier of rallying got more dramatic in 2017 as well, with wider, faster and more aero-focused weapons for the sport’s best to do battle. It was a classic season, with seven winners from the 13 rounds, and Citroen, Ford, Hyundai and Toyota all enjoying their moment of glory. So close was it, in fact, that Sébastien Ogier only won twice en route to his fifth title and first for Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport Ford operation. The two-disc DVD features all the key moments and is due for release on December 22nd.
This full-size replica of a wing endplate from the all-conquering Williams FW14B, created in limited numbers, is hand-signed by Nigel Mansell, who took the car to nine wins and the F1 title in 1992. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and makes for a superb bit of Mansell memorabilia.
Lego Technic’s boldest project to date takes plastic-brick-building detail to a whole new level. The massive Porsche 911 GT3RS will take you hours – and you may need a bigger kitchen table before you start. Porsche Club GB, which now stocks this kit that sold out first time round, is offering it to its members for £220.
Three magnificent documentary films have hit our screens during 2017, all of them offering a captivating insight into their respective subjects. All three, available in DVD and Blu-ray format, are unmissable for diehard and casual race fans alike.
Ferrari: The Race to Immortality (from £10) is a beautiful but brutal look back at the late-1950s and a quintet of Enzo Ferrari’s tragic heroes – Eugenio Castellotti, Alfonso de Portago, Luigi Musso, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn. Staggering archive footage is blended with talking heads in the shape of several respected motorsport historians and journalists.
McLaren (from £6.99) tells the story of Kiwi engineer, racer and entrepreneur Bruce McLaren’s rise from childhood handicap to world-beating F1 and Le Mans winner and Can-Am champion, with candid and emotional testimonials from some of his trusted sheriffs.
Williams (from £5.32) charts the zero-to-hero progress of Frank Williams, from amateur racing-car parts salesman to multiple World Championship-winning team owner. With forthright and fearless accounts of the early days, via taped recordings with his late wife Virginia, to modern-day revelations from his daughter and deputy team principal Claire, as well as many of Franks’ friends, drivers and colleagues, this is a fascinating look at this most British of F1 institutions.
The 11th book in the Porter Press ‘Great Cars’ series covers in typically exhaustive detail arguably the most famous Ford GT40 of them all, chassis 1075. The Gulf-liveried V8 took back-to-back victories at Le Mans, with Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi in 1968 and Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver in ’69, as well as other big international sportscar successes during the period. The book charts the car’s entire history, which is complemented by technical appraisals and scores of photographs.
T-lab has produced several circuit-celebration T-shirts in the past and its latest creation, in 100 per cent cotton, is a homage to Spa-Francorchamps, the legendary Belgian rollercoaster. It features the circuit map in the Belgian national colours and comes in sizes S-XL as well as a long-sleeved option. Check the website for more colours and combinations.
Retro GP founder Andrew Smith has created this stunning print from his original pencil drawing of the Brooklands lap-record-holding Napier-Railton. The detail on the 594mm x 420mm (23.4” x 16.5”) faithful recreation of this pre-war aero-engined monster, is astounding, with exploded detail on either side. Each print comes on 350gsm giclee paper and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Duncan Pittaway’s extraordinary Fiat S76 is a firm favourite among Goodwood regulars thanks to his wheel-twirling and flame-spitting antics at the Festival of Speed and Members’ Meeting. Now, this perfectly restored 28.3-litre, pre-WW1 beast is available in miniature, thanks to Autocult. Constructed from resin in 1:43-scale, it’s limited to just 333 pieces worldwide.
If you want to be fast on your feet at Christmas, these racing socks will give you a head start. Available in individual pairs or in packs of three pairs (£25), they’re inspired by Italian red, British racing green, Martini stripes, Gulf blue-and-orange and the traditional chequered flag and come in one size (6-11).