SpeedWeek’s high-speed shootout was described as a one-off, on a circuit clear of spectators, and without the age restrictions that limit the Revival to older cars. The expectation was that it would produce the fastest lap ever recorded at Goodwood and it delivered. Supercars, prototypes, GTs and F1 cars were among the contenders, many running wet tyres on the cold Tarmac.
The target was Goodwood’s modern lap record of 1min 18.2sec, set in 2015 by Nick Padmore in a Lola T70 Spyder. Six cars beat the benchmark, headed by the same Nick Padmore, this time in a 1989 Arrows-Ford A11 that stopped the clock at 1min 09.9sec.
Although his name goes back into the record book, it’s widely accepted that this is short of Goodwood’s fastest time.
In 1983 Nelson Piquet was reported to have recorded a time of less than 1min in a Brabham BT52. The time has become legend and seems destined to remain so: neither Goodwood nor Piquet know the exact time and there’s little chance of a repeat.