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Goodwood Revival Meeting: In the best motorsport tradition

Dino Eisele
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C harles Gordon-Lennox, the Earl of March and Kinrara, has set new standards in the historic racing scene with the Goodwood Revival Meeting: The Goodwood Revival Meeting, which was held for the first time in 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary of the fast southern English slope, is currently the most prestigious historic racing event.

The noble host and his organization team at the Goodwood Revival Meeting partly on a recipe that was already in 1955 on the 3.8 kilometer run The track near Chichester has proven itself: at that time, the first historic racing cars started to exchange blows at the annual Whitsun meeting at Whitsun. Initially, these were handicap races, which were mainly held with sports cars from the 1930s.

First historical races

1958 saw the start of the first run on the Goodwood circuit, in which the fastest driver was also given the wreath after ten laps. This first race ended with a triple success for the ERA single-seaters, the fast English formula cars from the county of Lincolnshire. The youngest examples of the six-cylinder supercharged cars were just 20 years old at the time and shortly before that they were still in current races.

Some ERAs have had an ongoing racing career and have been in the Competitive use. This includes, for example, the ERA B-Type by the Briton David Morris, which was originally sold in 1936 to the English privateer Reggie Tongue and was runner-up with Douglas Hull in Goodwood in 1958.

Strong ERA racing cars

The German Rainer Ott also knows the ERA single-seaters with their long racing history. For 10 years he drove the B-Type with chassis number R9B, which also dates from 1936 and has a racing history that is as long as that of David Morris, including Goodwood. Even at the last race for historic racing cars before the long-term closure of the racetrack in May 1966, its owner at the time Peter Waller started his car and fought for third place in the overall standings behind a just seven-year-old Aston Martin DBR 4 and a Connaught A-Type the early 1950s.

'In constant use and further developmentERA is its strength today, 'explains Rainer Ott. His many years of service in the English racing car had another effect for the southern German: he regularly received one of the coveted places on Lord March's invitation list for the Goodwood Revival Meeting.

Rare Maserati

That hadn't changed when Ott bought a Maserati 4CLT from 1948 a few years ago acquired - on the contrary: of the 19 Voiturettes built in Modena, which challenged the ERA at the end of the 1940s with their 260 hp supercharged engines with 1.5 liters displacement, only two or three cars were still ready for use.

This Maserati monoposto has a very special place in the history of Goodwood: The British Reg Parnell won the opening race with such a car in September 1948 - four ERA ago, by the way. Rainer Ott starts today to commemorate this important date with the starting number 48.

During qualifying at the Goodwood Revival Meeting, the transmission initially thwarted his plans: after only two laps, a screw on the shift fork loosens and falls into the housing. The four-speed gear train turned out to be another weak point of the car after Ott got the problems with the engines originally made of magnesium under control. He had the four-cylinder units faithfully reproduced in aluminum except for the material. This also benefits Klaus Lehr, who competes with a second Maserati 4CLT and qualifies for the race in 17th place.

Stay for gearbox repairs Only a few hours

For Otts team, the repair of the transmission is now due, there is little time left until the next day's use. A total of 13 races with historic cars are on the program for the entire Goodwood Revival Meeting weekend, plus two runs for historic racing motorcycles.

The following applies to the starting fields on the racetrack, which almost corresponds to its appearance from the 1960s the year of construction 1966 as the border: at that time the first era of the runway ended, which was established after the Second World War on the site of the former military airfield of Westhampnett. The youngest cars at the Goodwood Revival Meeting are the extremely fast sports prototypes of the 1960s from McLaren, Lola or the US manufacturers Huffaker and Chinook.

Sir Jackie Stewart is celebrated

Thanks to their powerful Chevy V8 engines with a displacement of up to 5.7 liters, the drivers at the Goodwood Revival Meeting are faster today than the Formula 1 lap record holders Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart in 1965, who finished the same race with 1,20.4 minutes achieved exactly the same lap time. Today the fastest drivers are almost a second per lap lower.

In the career of the three-time Formula 1 world championSir Jackie Stewart, the Goodwood track has a very special status: 50 years ago, the Scot was discovered during test drives in a Cooper Formula 3 and then contested one of his first races.

Half a century later, the 75th Year old again in the Formula 3 used by Ken Tyrrell on behalf of Cooper, followed by around 30 cars from his racing career, including his Formula 1 world championship cars from Matra and Tyrrell, which his son Paul and his son Paul saw at this special Goodwood Revival Meeting on Saturday will be driven by Porsche works driver Mark Webber.

This year's Goodwood Revival Meeting is a place for many anniversaries: On the occasion of the 60th birthday of the racing car legend Jaguar D-Type, there are a total of 30 cars including the road-going XKSS to see. 18 cars from the anniversary field are even used in their own race, which Jaguar specialist and multiple Goodwood winner Gary Pearson can win just ahead of Christian Gläsel.

Maserati at the start

Rainer Otts team has meanwhile got the gearbox of the Maserati fit for the race. However, after a few laps of the race, the end of the working day is due to the fact that the repair did not completely solve the problem. In addition, Klaus Lehr slips off the track in a good position in the second Maserati. At the top, following the good old Goodwood Revival Meeting tradition, an ERA dominates in front of the fastest Maserati.

While almost all races at the Goodwood Revival Meeting are the prey of British drivers, the success of the most prestigious run comes down to it continental team: Sauber F1 test driver Giedo van der Garde wins the RAC TT with his Dutch compatriot David Hart on an AC Cobra.

Result 17th Goodwood Revival Meeting 12. – 14. September 2014

on the Goodwood Circuit (3.81 km).

Racing cars up to 1960: Keen /Minshaw (GB /GB) on a Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly' (1959)

GP cars /Voiturettes until 1951: Mark Gillies (GB) on ERA A-Type R3A (1934)

Formula Junior 1960 to 1963: David Methley (GB) in a Brabham BT6-Ford (1963)

Touring car up to 1959 (part 1): Anthony Reid ( GB) on Jaguar Mk1 3.4 (1959)

Touring cars up to 1959 (part 2): Mike Jordan (GB) on Austin A40 (1958)

Shelby Cup: Faulkner /Gardiner (GB /GB) in a Ford Falcon Sprint (1965)

Jaguar D-Type and XKSS: Gary Pearson ( GB) on a Jaguar D-Type (1955)

Sports prototypes until 1965: Chris Goodwin (GB) on a McLaren M1B-Chevy (1966)

GT 1960 to 1966: Allan Ross-Jones (GB) in a Triumph TR4 (1962)

Front-engined GP cars 1954 to 1960: Roger W. ills (NZ) on Lotus 16-Climax (1958)

RAC TT (GT until 1964): Hart /van der Garde(NL /NL) on AC Cobra (1963)

F1 /F2 1961 to 1965: Andy Middlehurst (GB) on Lotus 25-Climax (1962)

Sports car /GT 1952 to 1955: Darren McWhirter (GB) in a Lagonda V12 LM DP115 (1954)

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