Steve Cropley: Goodwood is a cause for celebration


Saturday AM

Significant elation this early morning as we headed into the Goodwood Members’ Conference, 1st and most intimate of the terrific Sussex estate’s three huge car or truck functions this calendar year.

Not only experienced the organisers lucked into a fantastic crisp, sunny working day but our transport was outstanding, also: WO Bentley’s private 1930 Mulliner-bodied 8 Litre ‘company car’. In 10 miles was an practical experience that claimed a lot about the path of motoring progress.

On a person hand, the big in-line six belched and blew back like a draught horse till heat and you essential a blacksmith’s forearms to flip the steering wheel. It wasn’t attainable to influence a easy gearchange (even if you are useful with crash gearboxes I’m not) until finally the oil was well and certainly warm.

On the other hand, the 8 Litre’s stage of luxury and model effortlessly equalled that of top cars and trucks now, and the visibility was a great deal improved. Most striking of all was the (warmed) engine’s wonderful mechanical refinement and its mighty torque from 1000rpm. In some ways, classic cars and trucks are not previous at all.

Saturday PM

Content afternoon observing a combination of exercise sessions and racing, in particular making the most of the influence this one of a kind circuit’s long, quick corners have on vehicles – especially Gerry Marshall Trophy saloons – that by today’s benchmarks have much too considerably bodyweight, large centres of gravity and not enough rubber on the street. From exactly where I was, the lurid slides and generous drift angles seemed downright graceful. (I’m confident they felt relatively much more violent in the automobiles.)

The entire working experience usually tends to make you wonder how modern, non-traditional, non-classic racing can at any time match this spectacle, exactly where the auto-regulate worries are pretty much as obvious to a watcher 100 yards away as they are to the driver. If individuals want Goodwood crowds at modern-day racetracks, absolutely which is an avenue value exploring…


Half my money looks to go on club publications, so I’m effectively applied to pitching barely flicked-via club organs into the recycling bin. What a enjoyment, consequently, to devote an absorbing 50 % hour with the most up-to-date on-line duplicate of Motorsport UK’s journal, Revolution, just about every 1 of whose coverlines caught my desire. How to invest in a racing auto is a perennial story, but you even now examine it when it is finished perfectly. Which it was. Haven’t performed significantly with my opposition licence so much this year, but this surely boosts my drive to make some ideas.


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