Another Goodwood Revival has passed and once again it has proved to be an excellent event. We were supporting Roger Wills in the Gaz Volga again this year and we finished all sessions on track without a single issue. Tom Chilton was a gentleman and very much enjoyed hustling the Soviet iron qualifying 22nd. Roger Wills took over in the afternoon and knocked 3 seconds off Tom’s lap time qualifying in 14th. Tom took to the challenge and knocked another five tenths off of Roger’s time finishing in 14th. Roger was out on the Sunday and knocked another four tenths off Tom’s best lap time to finish 12th. The pair finished 9th overall on aggregate. For the Settrington Cup we had Ian Burford’s son Aston peddling the J40. You may have heard Astons interview on Goodwood Radio. It was a great weekend for all involved, the sun was shining and the car performed brilliantly. Bring on 2015.
The last few weeks have been busy in preparation for this years Goodwood Revival. We will be running the 1958 Gaz Volga with Roger Wills and Tom Chilton in the St. Mary’s Trophy and our own Austin J40 pedal car with Aston Burford in the Settrington Cup. The Volga has been prepped thoroughly with an engine refresh and a new bonnet. Watch out for Soviet propaganda and KGB operatives in the area.
We spend a year preparing for one weekend and it’s all over in the blink of an eye. We had our biggest Revival to date with six cars on the grid for the St. Mary’s trophy. Needless to say a few things went wrong over the weekend but through sheer determination and hard work all cars qualified and all cars made every race. The biggest tragedy was that the Metropolitan’s engine letting go during first practice. Luckily we had a spare but it wasn’t as powerful as the first. On the plus side, the Metropolitan was a huge crowd favourite receiving a massive cheer when it came out on track. The Standard Vanguard of Dave Griffiths was our top finisher overall. The car achieved it’s all time best with it’s fastest lap ever and it’s highest finish of 7th place in the hands of “Whizzo” Williams. Dave put in another strong drive despite the safety car slowing things down to score a superb 8th place on aggregate. The Vanguard also proved to be our most reliable runner. The gearbox on the Zodiac went out during Christian Horner’s race but by some miraculous chance of fate we managed to find a replacement over night and had it installed in time for James Turners race on Sunday afternoon. James finished 5th up from 6th. Julius Thurgood also had a good weekend with “Bumble” the MG Magnette. The car performed reliably for the most part with a diff rebuild in between practice and the race to finish 11th on aggregate. The Riley 1.5 of Bonham’s required a spare engine after an over-rev but successfully made the grid for Sundays race. Roger Wills’ Gaz Volga performed very well despite losing its bonnet on Friday. Roger and Brendan Hartley finishing a respectable 10th on aggregate. The highlight of the weekend was of course the Settrington Cup. The children all had a wonderful time pedalling their Austin J40’s down the start/finish straight. We had two teams entered, Rainford Racing with Shaun’s boys Charles, James and Ali and Team Turner with James Turners boys Josh, Felix and Zak. We are all absolutely knackered but already missing the atmosphere and starting to plan for next year. See you there!