Employed by Brabham again in 1965 – Muir had returned home briefly to prove his worth as a driver in the Australian Touring Car Championship – 1966 was his breakthrough year. Though he drove a works Ford MkII at Le Mans – as a late replacement – and an AC Daytona Cobra Coupe during that season, saloons remained his first love.
Over the next 13 years he would score 22 more BSCC wins – in Ford Falcon Sprint, Chevrolet Camaro, Capri RS2600, BMW 3.0 CSL and 3-litre Capri. The rise in popularity of this form of the sport had created a niche for specialists – and, for a time, persuaded the sport’s biggest names to mix it with them.
Goodwood played no part in the British Racing Sports Car Club’s inaugural BSCC of 1958 – its nine rounds being shared unequally between three circuits: seven at Brands Hatch and one apiece at Mallory Park and Crystal Palace.
In 1959, however, two of its eight were hosted by Goodwood. (Aintree, Silverstone and Snetterton also joined the party). The first of them opened the championship and concluded a wet Easter Bank Holiday Monday meeting. Jaguars dominated the 10-lapper, its 3.4-litre Mk1 filling the first four places.
Roy Salvadori, who that June would win Le Mans with Aston Martin, qualified his example, prepared by Guildford car dealer and arch enthusiast John ‘Noddy’ Coombs, on pole, but had to give best to Ivor Bueb – already a double Le Mans-winner with Jaguar – in the race.
The latter’s car, prepared by Tom Sopwith Jnr’s Equipe Endeavour, finished 6.6 seconds ahead. Sadly ‘Ivor the Driver’, who also won that meeting’s sportscar race in a Lister-Jaguar, would that August succumb to injuries sustained in a Formula 2 Cooper crash at Clermont-Ferrand.