Doug Nye: How much faster has historic racing become?
Goodwood’s Revival fastest lap was set by Andrew Smith when he clocked a stunning 1:18.954 in his Lola-Chevrolet T70 during the 2010 Meeting’s Whitsun Trophy race. Since then the circuit has been resurfaced, smoothing some of the bumps, easing the ridge at Madgwick but also arguably providing a somewhat less grippy surface. Even so, lap times compared to those achieved in period 1948-1966 still provide an interesting study for any interested in such detail… and in how Historic racing today compares to period pace.
At this year’s dry – but often oil-slick – Revival Meeting, the fastest laps recorded in the races themselves were as follows – and I have added some comparison notes “for fun”:
Doug Nye began writing about racing cars at ‘Motor Racing’ magazine in 1963-64. Today he is a multiple award-winning motor sports journalist and author of over 50 years’ experience, with some 70 books to his name. He is Goodwood Motorsport’s founding Historian and consultant and fulfils similar roles for Bonhams Auctioneers and the Collier Collection/Revs Institute in Naples, FL, USA. He is a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council at Beaulieu, Hants, and is a regular columnist for ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, while contributing to many other specialist periodicals worldwide.