AUG 21st 2014

On Track Today: Revival Testing!

A few narratives are starting to play out as Revival testing continues, because before anyone can think of  glamour and glory at the chequered flag, those vital seconds-per-lap have to be found. And today’s sessions are not all about cars either.

A beautifully prepared (and very rare) BMW RS 54 motorcycle has travelled with the BMW museum team for a shakedown, with rider Daniela Weingartner saying her first impressions of Goodwood today were “fast!”

The AC Cobra of Rory Henderson, one of only 28 lightweight factory 289 racers (and still racing today with its original chassis and body), was also looking rapid. With Darren Turner sharing driving duties, keep an eye on the white and black car in the TT Celebration race. If you have a moment, click here for a quick taste of what a 289 Cobra sounds like when ‘firing on…’

Also present was a lithe Ferrari Dino 206 SP and an immaculate Austin A35, plus the Standard Pennant that we last saw with GRR scribe Andy Craig behind the wheel. The team reckon they’ve found around five seconds a lap since that outing, thanks to a new differential, rebuilt gearbox and suspension stiffened by 50% all round. And according to BTCC driver Sam Tordoff (who had his first steer yesterday) there’s more to come from the little Standard. But will it be able to fend off, amongst others, the highly competitive Austin A40 of Andrew and Mike Jordan amid a packed St. Mary’s Trophy grid? We can’t wait to find out at the Revival meeting between the 12th – 14th September.

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