Privileged passenger rides
I’ve been hugely fortunate to ride around the Motor Circuit in McLaren M1B and Lola T70 Spyder Can-Am missiles, courtesy of race-winners Chris Goodwin and Nick Padmore respectively, and my latest adventures from the passenger seat of important competition cars were again sublime and ridiculous in equal measure. Ahead of the event, I came down to Goodwood in an ex-Kremer Racing/Larbre Compétition/G-Force Racing Porsche 911 GT1 alongside successful historic racer Joe Twyman. The awesome flat-six, twin-turbo GT1 finished third in the 1998 Daytona 24 Hours and remains in its FATurbo Express livery from the American endurance classic. The stunned looks as we passed through West Sussex towns and villages in chassis 104 were priceless. During the event itself, it was a privilege to receive a last-second offer to join Andrew Keith-Lucas in an ex-Briggs Cunningham Lister-Chevrolet ‘Knobbly’ for a few demo laps ahead of the Scott Brown Trophy. The 1958 V8 muscle car, chassis BHL115, was twitchy, noisy and hot and as we wafted around the circuit, I could only imagine what it must have been like to witness disabled genius Archie Scott Brown at his very best.
Images courtesy of Drew Gibson and Jayson Fong