7th June 2010
Here we go with the first race for Titans cars in Britain. There were several events at Goodwood in 1950-51 but I have decided to call my event the Goodwood Trophy. Being a race run in the early days of the Sussex circuit, the famous Goodwood Chicane had not been added to the circuit by then, so I had to modify my normal Goodwood to create a chicane-less track. I had nothing to confirm the way the road went after Woodcote so I have just added a little left-hand bend to lead onto the start-finish straight.
The entry is a really mixed bag of pre and post WW2 cars with no less than seven of the fifteen having their first race of the season. Pride of place goes to the evocative V.16 B.R.M, which Reg Parnell is going to try to hang on to in its first run out. Peter Whitehead will drive the lovely Thinwall Special (Ferrari 375) and this must be favourite with its Italian pedigree. Further cars from Italy are two Maseratis for Toulo de Graffenried and David Murray, with Prince Bira hoping for better results than he has managed so far with the OSCA.
Stirling Moss and Lance Macklin are giving debuts to the new H.W.M cars - which are actually 2 litre machines but will make up for lack of capacity by virtue of good handling - they hope! No blue French cars are entered but there are still two Talbot Lagos; one green one for Duncan Hamilton and Belgian musician Johnny Claes with his yellow version.
The remainder of the entry is British. Joe Kelly gives the Alta its first outing, while there are no less than five E.R.As present, four of them being D-types but by some distance the most interesting is the E-type. This is a pre war car (as are the D-types, of course) but it is MUCH more like a modern racing car, being low, long and sleek. It will be driven by Peter Walker.
Two practice sessions have given us a varied and interesting grid. With only seven seconds covering the whole field it looks like a really competitive race. A narrow pole position was taken by Whitehead in the Thinwall Ferrari with Parnell's B.R.M close behind; Moss and Claes complete the front row of the 4 x 3 grid. Moss did not find the H.W.M going very well in the first session but the car got better and better in the second. The two Maseratis share the second row, sandwiching Hamilton's Talbot. And the E-type E.R.A proved quicker than all the other English Racing Automobiles and Bira's OSCA.
Peter Whitehead can seldom have had an easier race victory. Right from the start he drew away from the field and although Reg Parnell gave valiant chase, the Thinwall Special (nee Ferrari 375) was just too quick by some margin. When the B.R.M stopped on lap 18 the elder of the Whitehead half-brothers was able to cruise away to lap everyone else in the race and take an extremely comfortable victory. Following the retirement of the B.R.M, Stirling Moss assumed 2nd place, driving the little H.W.M with great gusto but in the end, supercharged Italian horsepower won the day when David Murray passed the Formula 2 car to take a very creditable 2nd place. The Scot had run as low as 6th at one point but passed Bira, then Graham Whitehead, who drove a superb race in the old E.R.A, before finally pipping Moss by less than three seconds.
The aforemention Graham Whitehead and the Siamese Prince retained 4th and 5th places to the end, while Fred Ashmore kept his E.R.A going very nicely to finish 6th. Peter Walker drove a steady race in the long E-type E.R.A and made it to the finish, the car seemingly handling very well but lacking straight line speed.
Both Talbots went out very early, Claes spun off while Hamilton came in with the rear end of the car flapping about loose following a chassis breakage. A disappointing retirement was that of de Graffenried, the Swiss driver's engine failed after just 15 laps. The other retirement was Gerard's E.R.A which had a steering arm fail.
Here is the full result of the 40 lap race:
|1.||8||P. WHITEHEAD||THINWALL Spl. FERRARI 375||1. 05. 57'87|
|2.||4||D. MURRAY||MASERATI 4.CLT||39 laps|
|3.||17||S. MOSS||H.W.M||39 laps|
|4.||9||G. WHITEHEAD||E.R.A D-type||39 laps|
|5.||2||B. BIRA||OSCA||39 laps|
|6.||14||F. ASHMORE||E.R.A D-type||39 laps|
|7.||10||J. KELLY||ALTA||38 laps|
|8.||18||P. WALKER||E.R.A E-type||38 laps|
|9.||16||L. MACKLIN||H.W.M||38 laps|
|10.||15||B. SHAWE-TAYLOR||E.R.A D-type||38 laps|
|Fastest lap: P. WHITEHEAD, THINWALL Spl. FERRARI 375, on lap 28, 1.35'44|
|1||R. PARNELL||B.R.M V.16||17 laps|
|3||E. de GRAFFENRIED||MASERATI 4.CLT||15 laps|
|7||R. GERARD||E.R.A D-type||13 laps|
|6||J. CLAES||TALBOT LAGO T.26||8 laps|
|5||D. HAMILTON||TALBOT LAGO T.26||6 laps|
how the chassis of his car could have broken so soon.
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