Nostalgia is revived in the Goodwood Meeting

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During recent years, the Goodwood Revival Meeting has become one of the most popular race weekends of the year, bringing back the atmosphere of the British racing scene of the 1950s-60s.

For most competitors, getting an entry accepted is in itself an achievement, and that is what happened for George Shackleton, who races a Cooper MK XI in the Formula 3 500cc Owners Association Championship, and David Woodhouse, who has a Cooper MK IX.

Having got both their entries accepted, they will recreate the Cooper works’ team as seen in the 1950s.

When John Cooper formed the Cooper Car Co Ltd in the late 1940s, these were really the first of a long line of race cars that would see Jack Brabham win the F1 World Championship.

The Cooper family have retained the original company name, and this weekend the cars will appear as works’ entries from the Cooper Car Co Ltd. John Cooper’s son, Michael, will be there in the role of team manager.

But, it does not end there. To make it even more in line with the 1950s, Trotter and Deane menswear shop in Bury, will be providing the team with outfits to suit the occasion. Shop proprietor, John Deane-Bowers, is himself a keen race competitor.

Also, the Cooper of Woodhouse is the works car that Ivor Bueb took to victory at Goodwood in 1955.

Joining the Hepworth-based team in the race, will be Troston’s Paul Hewes in his Cooper MK VIII. This is the car that Stuart Lewis-Evans started his career with before joining Stirling Moss in the Vanwall F1 team.

The 20-minute race will be for the Earl of March Trophy, the field of 30 getting underway at 10am on Sunday.

Admission to Goodwood is by advance booking only.

AUTOSOLO

The latest round of the Anglia Motorsport Club Autosolo Championship, saw competitors arrive at Scottow Enterprise Park for a meeting organised by Sporting Car Club of Norfolk.

Once again, West Suffolk MC provided a strong entry, who went away with several awards.

Class A1 saw the top five positions taken by club members, with Marcus Keeble leading them home in his Renault Clio. Next was the Peugeot 106 of Vini Cruz, with Laura Christmas keeping the Mini she shared with father, Duncan, ahead of him as they took third and fourth. The Citroen AX of Greg Player completed the list.

In Class A2, Hannah Ellis secured second position in her AX GTi. Andrew Scott went one better to secure Class B - a class dominated by Mazda MX5s.

Kevin Lockwood took second spot, with Kayne Lockwood fourth and Rebecca Lockwood sixth.

The overall winner of the autosolo section was Rebecca Rowles, her Westfield seeing off Geoff Hodge, his Caterham then winning Class C.

John Peterson took his Mini Clubman to overall honours among the autotest competitors, allowing the Nova of David Leckie to win Class D1.

MOTOR RACING

The battle for top honours in the 750 MC’s RGB Championship, will be decided at the last two rounds at Donington Park in October. This follows last weekend’s qualifying rounds held at Castle Combe in Wiltshire.

Troston’s John Cutmore, unlike fellow competitors, was unable to take in testing at the venue, and qualified in P4 as the session ended. A poor start saw the Spire GT3 hold down ninth position in the first lap, but a move up the order, coupled with the retirement of his closest rival, Scott Mittell, gave him third.

Race two was again launched from P4, with Mittell back in action. As Mittell took victory, so Cutmore secured another third, this time also recording fastest lap, which not only gave him an extra championship point, but also set a new lap record.

DIARY DATES

Motor Racing. Goodwood Revival, BARC, Saturday and Sunday.

Snetterton, 750 MC, Saturday and Sunday.

Races for 11 championships, not RGB.

Autocross. Old Park Farm, Much Hadham, Herts, Green Belt MC, Saturday and Sunday.

Karting. Kimbolton, Hunts Kart RC, Sunday.

HKRC Championship.

Short Circuit. Foxhall Stadium, Saturday, 6.45pm.

Superstox; 2.0 Hot Rods; Bangers.

Great Yarmouth, Sunday, 5.30pm.

Heritage F2 Stock Cars; Historic Stock Cars; Bangers.