Guild of Motoring Writers at the Festival of Speed posted on 11 July 2011
More Guild of Motoring Writers members than ever took an active role in this year’s record-breaking Goodwood Festival of Speed. Whether it was behind the scenes or behind the wheel, the result was many column inches of copy both in print and online – proving that the legendary event is as much about work as it is play for the GoMW’s respected automotive journalists.
Leading the Guild’s hillclimb drivers was President Nick Mason, who climbed into his FoS ‘regular’ 1936 Auto Union Type C, the first mid-engined, independently-suspended GP car. Mason was also to be found in the Supercar Paddock, where he piloted the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale along with one of TV personality Chris Evans’ Magnificent Seven Ferraris.
Other drivers included Guild Pemberton Trophy winner Doug Nye, who co-drove the 1961 ex-Equipe Endeavour Jaguar E-type. The car – one of numerous E-types to appear at Goodwood in celebration of the model’s 50th birthday – was driven to the model’s first-ever race victory by Graham Hill at Oulton Park in spring 1961. Nye also played his usual invaluable consultative role at the heart of the Festival of Speed’s organisation.
Goodwood regular Tony Dron was busy putting Tony Brown’s 1952 Le Mans-entered aerodynamic C-type through its paces, as well as sharing the driving duties in the prototype E2A which had been raced at Le Mans in 1960.
Meanwhile, John Simister and Octane editor David Lillywhite got to grips with the legendary 160mph-plus XJ13 that was built for Le Mans but never raced due to developments that rendered it obsolete. Lillywhite admitted that with the car valued at around £10million, he was being very careful!
Classic and Sports Car’s Alastair Clements had a taste of the growling Group 44 E-type in which Bob Tullius won America’s 1975 B-Production SCCA Championship. Peter Burgess piloted the car, too – his first time in an E-type – as well as the 200bhp Honda CR-Z Mugen and the Morgan 3 Wheeler.
In turn, Guild Vice-President Ray Hutton found himself at the wheel of the 1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione, and Steve Cropley was put in charge of the marque’s supercharged six-cylinder 1750 GS Mille Miglia road racer as well as several supercars. Guy Loveridge, Chairman of the GoMW’s motorsport sub-committee, was lucky enough to be given use of the 1959 Ferrari 246 Dino GP car. When out of his overalls, Guy was also conducting interviews for Goodwood Radio. Publicity Officer Sarah Bradley proved a match for the boys in the Endurance Racing category behind the wheel of the 1958 twin-cam Skoda 1100 OHC.
Finally, the Guild’s 2009 Driver of the Year Oliver Turvey – now employed as a development driver on McLaren’s MP4-12C GT3 racer project – was getting a taste of the F1 lifestyle as the nominated driver for the championship title-winning McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23 which Lewis Hamilton took to victory in 2008.
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