All-star entry for revival's tip-top tintops

The saloon car race for the St Mary’s trophy at the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September is to be developed into a longer two-driver race, with star names targeted to share each of the 30 cars.

The race length will be extended to 20 laps, and the cut-off date for eligible cars has been pulled back to 1963 instead of ’66. This will remove the later Yank V8s, but will still allow Mustangs and Galaxies, as well as Lotus C,ortinas and 1071cc Minis.

“We’d like to have 30 professional touring car drivers as second drivers in the 30 cars, and we are quite optimistic,” said a spokesman. Famous former saloon car aces like Win Percy, Gerry Marshall and Bathe Williams have been regular performers at the Revival Meeting. Now, stars from more recent eras could be involved in the race, and names from the 1980s and ’90s such as Andy Rouse, Tim Harvey and Will Hoy could join in the action.

A new race on the Revival programme will be the Whitsun Trophy for sports-racing cars of the type raced at the Sussex track between 1963 and ’68. These will include Ford GT40s, Lotus 30s, Lotus 40s, Ferrari 250LMs, Brabham BT8s, McLaren Mls and perhaps a rare Maserati T63 or two.