The HRDC descended upon Goodwood yesterday for some pre-season track time. Some were shaking down new cars, some were clearing the cobwebs out from last seasons racers. We were there with Dave Griffiths Standard Vanguard to shake down the new engine. Unfortunately Dave wasn’t able to make it so Shaun Rainford stepped in as test pilot. After 3 or 4 successful sessions Shaun was able to report, “that’s a quick car now”. There was a real mix of cars from Ford Anglia’s, Mk1 Cortina’s, a couple of Mini’s, Fiats, Alfa’s, Astons and a monstrous Ford Galaxy. The track remained dry all day, and although the air was fresh the sun was out and the skies were blue. A great day that could only be topped with the sight of Julius Thurgood trundling down the pit lane in his 1938 Ford Stock car. He managed 3 or 4 laps before coming in with hypothermia.
Another wet but eventful weekend of HRDC racing. Shaun and I made the journey with Ian Burford’s “Lumbertubs” and Jim Prentice’s Le Mans Sprite. We arrived Thursday afternoon just in time for Ian to make the last practice session which happened to be dry and sunny. By Friday morning qualifying the whole place was soaked which unfortunately led to Tubby spinning and hitting a wall. Ian thought it was the end of his weekend but Shaun and I worked flat out to get the car rebuilt for Saturday’s race. We had to beg and borrow to get the bits we needed and had to patch the bonnet up with bits of old barbecue, rivets and zip ties but we got there in the end and Tubby managed to finish the race. Jim Prentice had a less eventful weekend but but in a very solid drive in the wet with consistent times to finish 3rd in his class. Well done to all involved and to Julius Thurgood for putting on another cracking race.