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.
We’ve got a very interesting car here. A 1938 Ford Tudor stock car. A genuine American racer. Driven in period by Neil “Soapy’ Castle the Ford saloon features a flathead V8 with straight through exhausts. Today Graham had the pleasure of putting it on the rolling road. Cripes!