Sounds like you are enjoying competing as much as ever, and at 77 you are obviously very fit…
Yes, so far. But you never know what’s around the corner. I think 77 is a rude number and you shouldn’t broadcast things like that. People probably think I am only 27. I love Goodwood, and will always come here for as long as I am invited. I just want to keep going. Why not?
What else are you doing at the moment?
All Goodwood apart from racing a restored Porsche 928 that’s being run by four Porsche dealerships around the country. Each takes it in turn to run the car at different events. The car is too heavy up against Lotus Elans and things but the last race is at Silverstone and it might be wet – when the car will be really good because it is heavy.
Any reflections on your career these days?
My problem right from Formula Junior and F2 was that I was always up against world champion drivers, Jim Clark and others. I finished second to Clark three times. If it wasn’t for him I would have won!
And I did tend to have last year’s car – Eric Broadley was too busy doing other things – so that was a shame. The Lotus BRM I drove in F1 in 1965 was a three-year-old car and I couldn’t do a lot with it really. I probably shouldn’t have done that. But I don’t believe in ‘what ifs’ – a load of rubbish!
You have won at Le Mans, but never been tempted by the Le Mans Classic?
When you drive a Porsche you certainly have a chance of finishing. But the Classic, no, I don’t do that. It’s too fast. You are always at high speed and you are still in the old cars and if you have a wallop then it’s goodbye to a lot of things.
What’s on your bucket list?
Nothing. Just Goodwood. The Members’ Meeting, the Festival and Revival – I love them all. My appearances are exclusive to Goodwood!
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